This 2017 $20 pure silver coin subscription series includes three different coins all themed "Locomotives Across Canada". Each coin features selective gold plating, highlighting Canada's history through some of its most iconic locomotives. Like modern engines of change, Canada's locomotives have been instrumental in shaping our nation throughout its 150 years of history.
Coin No. 1: The 4-4-0 - June, 2017
The 4-4-0, which was the most commonly used locomotive at the time of Confederation, and the first type built in Canada. The reverse design by Canadian artist David A. Oram transports the viewer to Toronto, ON, in the year of Confederation: 1867. The selective application of gold plating immediately draws the eye to the 4-4-0 locomotive of the Great Western Railway (GWR) in the foreground. The left-side three-quarter view allows for a thorough examination of the steam engine's defining characteristics, from the balloon smoke stack and large driving wheels to the cattle guard, all rendered in outstanding detail. In the background, the arched train shed of GWR's Yonge Street passenger station adds an architectural point of interest, while the horse-drawn carriage waiting trackside completes this meticulously engraved snapshot of a bygone era.
Coin No. 2: RS 20 - July, 2017
Following an unprecedented era of expansion, the 20th century ushered in an era of consolidation and technological innovation in Canada's railway history. The second coin in the Locomotives Across Canada series commemorates the end of the golden age of steam locomotives, and the introduction of a new technology that continues to power today's trains: the diesel-electric locomotive. Even the finest details shine in this meticulous design, thanks to a keen attention to historical accuracy, the precision engraving, and the use of multiple finishes that add subtle contrasts.
The reverse design by Canadian artist John Mantha looks back at the first wave of diesel-electric locomotives that were introduced in Canada in the 1940s and 1950s. Used by the Roberval and Saguenay Railway, the RS 20 was the first diesel road locomotive manufactured in Canada, and was built in 1949 by Montreal Locomotive Works. The selective application of gold plating places the focus on the early RS-2 road-switcher, which is made all the more visible thanks to the tigerstriped pattern, painted at the front. The rail yard in the engraved background is bustling with activity, and typifies the environment in which these versatile workhorses shine.
The selective application of gold plating shines the spotlight on the locomotive, while the gold-plated rim and effigy on the obverse ensure an elegance that makes this a truly exceptional keepsake.
Coin No. 3: GE ES44AC & Subscription Case - August, 2017
As pure silver coins struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this entire series is HST/GST exempt.