History plays a starring role as the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates a wide range of themes in its first offering of new 2016 collector coins. The historic ocean liner S.S. Great Eastern, which laid out the first transatlantic telegraph cable to link North America and Europe via Newfoundland and Ireland in 1866, figures prominently in a design by maritime artist Yves Bérubé on all 2016 silver dollar products. Looking back 100 years to Feb. 3, 1916, the fire that destroyed the Centre Block of Canada’s Parliament buildings but which the Library of Parliament famously survived, is dramatically portrayed by artist Tony Bianco on the Mint’s 2016 $100 gold coin. Dominion sculptor Phil White has created another tribute to Canada’s historic Parliament buildings by reinterpreting the gargoyle-like carvings adorning their exterior of the Ottawa buildings on a new three-coin, ultra-high relief fine silver series. Continue reading →
The year was 1967 and I was a wide-eyed, happy, somewhat rambunctious little four-year old. At the time, I didn’t know what the significance of that year was to Canada, but I had certainly noticed that odd-looking fish dime that I would eventually spend at the convenience store up the street. I was bedazzled by the beautiful wildcat on the quarter that my older brother had acquired. And the bird on the penny, with wings outstretched, was something very special that I would eventually squirrel away in my piggy bank.
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