2008 SPECIAL EDITION PROOF SILVER DOLLAR - RCM CENTENNIAL (1908-2008)
A century of growth and transformation:
In 1908, the institution that would become known as the Royal Canadian Mint officially opened for business. Still, coin designs and tools remained the domain of the Royal Mint in London while the Canadian facility operated as its Ottawa branch. True to Canadian form, it quickly gained international recognition for the quality of its work. Over the past century, the Mint has emerged as a global leader in minting with a revolutionary coin-plating process, purest 99.999% bullion gold coin and first coloured circulation coin just a few of its internationallyrenowned "firsts”. Today, an automated plant in Winnipeg (Manitoba) produces circulation coins for Canada and international clients while the Ottawa (Ontario) facility performs refining/assaying and the production of bullion (investment) and numismatic (collector) coins. Every commemorative coin produced by the Mint expresses a theme or ideal that reflects Canada's heritage and values. A limited work of art in silver, gold, even platinum, it is a visual essay on the Canadian experience, just as Canada's circulation coins bring a sense of nationhood to every commercial transaction they support—a story of growth and transformation over 100 years.
Face Value: 1 dollar
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 25.175
Diameter (mm): 36.07
- Design features two iconic symbols of Canada—a
maple leaf and Common Loon emerging from a
coin; one transforming into the other on the winds
of change that have shaped the Mint's success
during its first centennial
- Selective gold plating beautifully adorns the reverse
and the edge of the coin for a stunning effect.
- An unexpected and fitting collectible to
commemorate a significant milestone that touches