New Issue: Cornwall’s Canada 150 commemorative medal

A commemorative Canada 150 medal produced by Cornwall Economic Development (CED)—an economic development agency in Cornwall, Ont.—has sold out of its initial run of 1,000 pieces.

According to Bob Peters, CED division manager, a second run of the Canada 150 commemorative medal is expected to arrive around July 1.

The nickel-plated medal depicts the Canada 150 logo in the centre and “Canada/1867-2017” around the rim. The opposite side features the Clock Tower in Lamoureux Park in the centre as well as “Cornwall Ontario Canada/1784-2017” around the rim.

The clock from the original Cornwall Clock Tower was repurposed and used for the replica built in 1992. (Photo by Cornwall Community Museum)


Cornwall’s iconic Clock Tower overlooks the St. Lawrence River in Lamoureux Park.

According to Peters, the present-day structure—rebuilt 25 years ago—is a replica of the original tower, which was demolished along with the old post office at the intersection of Second Street and Pitt Street in 1955.

The original tower was designed by architect Thomas Fuller, who left his home in the U.K. to establish a practice in Toronto. The tower was built between 1882 and 1885 by local contractors at a cost of more than $47,900. The original clock was later repurposed and used in the construction of the new tower.


The commemorative medals produced by CED are part of the agency’s extensive campaign to recognize Canada’s sesquicentennial. Cornwall—one of Canada’s oldest communities—was settled in 1784, 83 years before confederation.

“The coins are an excellent souvenir to mark this important anniversary,” Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy told Peters in a story published on Choose Cornwall, the agency’s website, earlier this month.

“Cornwall is proud to have played a role in the formation and development of our country.”

Collectors can purchase the limited-edition Canada 150 medals for $1.50 at the Cornwall Civic Complex once the second run of medals arrives around Canada Day.

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