Designing a nation's character
The Coat of Arms for British Columbia (BC) incorporates the Provincial Shield as a central element. The upper section of the shield features the Union Jack. Below is a setting sun with wavy blue and silver lines representing the province’s location between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.
An elk and bighorn sheep serve as supporters. They represent the former colonies of Vancouver Island (elk) and the mainland (bighorn). BC’s provincial flower, the dogwood, appears in a garland below the supporters. It is intertwined with a ribbon featuring the provincial motto Splendor Sine Occasu which means, "Splendour without Diminishment.”
The Royal Crest (a crowned lion standing atop the imperial crown) stands at the very top of the Arms, the first time the Royal Crest has ever been granted to another sovereign entity with one distinguishing mark; the lion features a garland of dogwoods. Below the Crest is the golden helmet of sovereignty with other heraldic elements; a wreath and mantling in red and white, Canada’s national colours. The position of the helmet between the Shield and the Royal Crest reflects BC’s status as co-sovereign in Confederation.
While the province sought the granting of a Coat of Arms in 1897, and the Provincial Shield was granted by King Edward VII in 1906, some 90 years passed before the Coat of Arms in its current form received Royal Warrant. It was officially granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1987.
Face Value: 300 dollars
Composition: 58.33% gold, 41.67% silver
Weight (g): 60
Diameter (mm): 50
- Fifth issue in this series —a unique portrait of Canada.
- Exquisitely crafted in 14 karat gold.
- An exclusive numismatic collectible—only 500 coins available worldwide.
- A unique keepsake highlighting the heritage of British Columbia.