Mint announces gold Centennial coin

On today’s date in 1966, former minister of finance Walter Gordon announced the Royal Canadian Mint would strike a $20 gold Centennial coin for the country’s 100th anniversary in 1967.

The gold coin came with six others – a 1-, 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-cent piece as well as a silver dollar – issued for $40 in 1967; recently, it has sold for about $1000 because of the value of the gold coin. It was the first high-volume gold coin made in Canada after the First World War and continues to rise in value to this day.

Designed by Myron Cook, the coins had a mintage of 337, 687 and were housed in the top-centre position of their presentation case.

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