Newfoundland coins offer historical importance

It was on this day in 1948 that Joey Smallwood signs an agreement which will admit Newfoundland into Confederation as Canada’s 10th province.

Formerly the oldest Dominion in the British Commonwealth, the province had gone bankrupt and was being run by a British colonial commission. On April 1, 1948, the people of Newfoundland voted in a second referendum to join Canada.

On March 31, 1949, Newfoundland formally joined Confederation, and the following day, April 1, 1949, Smallwood is sworn in as the first Premier of Newfoundland.

The coins of Newfoundland are of historical importance as Newfoundland was a British colony until 1907, and a Dominion until 1949.

Click here for an interesting column on the history of Newfoundland’s currency.




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