The story of Canada is forever being written by visionary individuals who have one eye trained on the horizon and are always ready to break a new trail towards the future. Confederation in 1867 sparked dreams of a transcontinental railway. While laying track across a flat and predictable landscape is already a mammoth task, Canada’s railway workers were faced with the incomprehensible distance of more than 5,500 km and unimaginable challenges. Surveyors tried to follow the paths of early explorers, but the railway pushed them into uncharted territory—over perilous swamps, across thousands of waterways and endless prairies; culminating with the feat of tunneling through mountains and constructing bridges over cavernous passes.
Item Number: 135223
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g)*: 23.17
Diameter (mm): 36.07
Face Value: $15
Finish: Matte proof
Artist: John Mantha
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with graphic beauty box
- Explore Canada with this 10-coin series; coins are launched monthly from June 2014 to April 2015, offered individually or in a 10-coin subscription program.
- This is the eighth coin in this exciting 10-coin series showcasing Canadian exploration and history.
- Celebrate Canada’s monumental achievement of the 1880’s; a transcontinental railroad that forced surveyors and workers into uncharted territory to complete this epic feat of engineering. Beautifully crafted in 99.99% pure silver.
- A fabulous keepsake that will be cherished by history buffs and anyone who has ever explored Canada by rail; an unexpected theme to captivate engineers and train enthusiasts!
- Limited to 15,000 coins worldwide—a highly desirable collectible.
Canadian artist John Mantha has created a dynamic design that salutes the 30,000 workers who completed Canada’s transcontinental railway with a scene that best embodies the gruelling and dangerous nature of this gargantuan project—laying track through the mountains. Two “navvies” are hard at work driving a spike while a third worker in the background hauls gravel to fill the gap between railway ties.