OTD: George V arrives in Québec to celebrate 300th anniversary

On today’s date in 1908, the Prince of Wales George Frederick Ernest Albert (later King George V) arrived at Québec to celebrate the city’s 300th anniversary.

In 1908, the Paris Mint struck a silver medal commemorating the 300th anniversary of Québec’s founding. Weighing 300 grams and with a 76.4-mm diameter, the medal was engraved by Henri Dubois and depicts explorer Samuel Champlain stepping out of a boat and onto land. He’s shown claiming a new world along with Henry IV, of France (1608), and Edward VII, of England (1908), of the two founding nations. The reverse design depicts the two countries symbolized beneath the tree of life, with the caption, “Dieu aidant, l’œuvre de Champlain a grandi sous les roses” (or “Born under the lilies, God helping, Champlain’s work has grown under the roses inscribed” in English).

George V would later dedicate the Québec Battlefields Park, where the Battle of the Plains of Abraham was fought, resulting in a British victory over France and ultimately decided the fate of Canada.

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