The year 2015 marks the 350th anniversary of the introduction of the Canadian Horse. Robust, resilient, and good natured, the petit cheval de fer—the “little iron horse,” as it became known in its native Quebec—has survived near extinction to emerge as one of Canada’s official national symbols. The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates the anniversary of its introduction with a unique half-kilogram coin of 99.99% pure silver.
SRP $ 1,099.95
Item Number 140613
Composition 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g)* 500
Diameter (mm) 85.35
Face Value $125
Artist Michelle Grant
Packaging Wooden box with a standard beauty box
- This proof-quality 99.99% pure silver coin is only the second coin ever minted on the Royal Canadian Mint’s unique new 85-millimetre blank.
- The coin’s exceptionally large diameter allows for an intricately detailed reverse design to highlight the celebrated beauty of the Canadian Horse.
- Celebrate the emergence of the stunning breed that helped build the nation of Canada and survived near-extinction to merge as one of Canada’s proud national symbols.
- The Canadian Horse is the purest North American horse breed. DNA testing proves it to be unrelated to other North American breeds.
- Some historians contend that it was the Canadian Horse that gave the North a cavalry advantage in the American Civil War.
- A very low mintage of only 1,000 and highly desirable subject matter mean that this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors.
- This beautiful coin is packaged in a sleek black beauty box within a fine wooden case.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Michelle Grant features a portrait of three Canadian Horses bounding through a cascade of maple leaves. In the centre of the image, a stallion leaps toward the viewer across a grassy field. A cascade of maple leaves spin clockwise, like the hands of time, around him. Two other Canadian Horses race toward him in the left background. The leaves are engraved in multiple textures to underscore the diverse history of the Little Iron Horse that is so intertwined with the development of Canada.