2003 $100 14-KARAT GOLD COIN - DISCOVERY OF MARQUIS WHEAT
In the late 1800’s Canadian wheat farmers faced an endless battle with brutally short growing seasons. At the time, Red Fife reigned as Canada’s preferred grain, but Dr. William Saunders was convinced the nation’s farmers could do better. So, he set out with his sons to develop an all-Canadian winner. After 10 years, of crossing and selecting hundreds of possible strains, the Saunders found success, Marquis wheat. This new grain gave Canada’s farmers precious time by maturing an average of six days earlier, a major breakthrough that virtually doubled the amount of land that could be farmed in western Canada and made the prairies the breadbasket of the world.
Face value : $100
Mintage : 10,000
Composition : 58.33% gold, 41.67% silver
Weight (g) : 13.338
Diameter (mm) : 27
Thickness (mm) : 2.15
Special features :
•Celebrates an important part of Canadian history.
•Educational: Provides an opportunity to learn about a
historical Canadian milestone.
•Intrinsic value of gold as a precious metal.
•Authorized by the Government of Canada.