This low mintage coin is the second in a series of three important historical pieces commemorating Canadian Confederation. Each medal features a historical landmark along the path of Canadian history: Canadian Confederation of 1867, the 1927 Diamond Jubilee of Canadian Confederation, and the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017.
On July 1, 1927, the Dominion of Canada marked 60 years of progress under the banner of Confederation. To commemorate the occasion, the Diamond Jubilee of the Confederation of Canada Medal was issued as a special presentation piece that expressed a nation’s pride and identity on its Diamond Jubilee. As we celebrate 150 years of Confederation, the Royal Canadian Mint travels back in time to revisit another historic year—a distant predecessor to Canada 150—through a magnificent artefact that is part of our medallic history.
Item Number: 159493
Composition: 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g): 311.535
Diameter (mm): 76.25
Face Value: $100
Artist: Raymond Delamarre
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with Canada 150 beauty box
- OWN A RARE PIECE OF CANADIAN HISTORY! Only 1,000 collectors will have the honour of owning this important continuance of a 150 year old tradition
- A SCARCELY SEEN PIECE OF CANADIAN HISTORY! This is a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee of the Confederation of Canada Medal, which was issued nearly 90 years ago for another “jubilant” milestone for Canada!
- A MAGNIFICENT TRIBUTE TO THE SPIRIT OF THE DIAMOND JUBILEE: Every nuance of the original design was carefully studied to produce this exquisitely engraved coin. And by combining frosted and brilliant finishes, there’s an added sense of depth and dimension to the original design, which invites a renewed appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind it all!
- A SPECIAL OBVERSE. This double-effigy obverse commemorates Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our current sovereign, and Her Majesty Queen Victoria, the sovereign at the time of Confederation. Also – look for their Royal Cyphers!
- Struck with the same impressive 76 mm diameter and bold high relief design as the original 1927 version.
- The official CANADA 150 branding on our packaging is a reminder of this monumental occasion for years to come.
Inspired by a general design by Canadian illustrator Charles William Jefferys, the reverse design is a tribute to the original (1927) design by Raymond Delamarre.
With arms spread wide to embody Canada’s motto, Ad Mari Usque Ad Mare (“From sea to sea”), a robed female allegory is engraved in high relief as a symbol of a young nation’s strength. She stands among sheaves of wheat that signify growth and prosperity across Canada, which is also represented by the clusters of maple leaves at her feet. Rising up behind her, a map of the Dominion of Canada is marked by transcontinental railroad links and the shield from Royal Arms of Canada (as it appeared in 1927). The combination of different finishes adds a subtle modern flair to the design, while a circular frame bears the engraved words “CANADA” and “A MARI VSQVE AD MARE”, the face value “100 DOLLARS” and the commemorative dates “1867” and “2017”.
The obverse features the effigies of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt and Her Majesty Queen Victoria by Leonard Charles Wyon. The obverse also includes the Royal cypher used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and a cypher used by Queen Victoria. Each Royal cypher is ensigned with a crown depicted in a style specifically used by each monarch.