OTD: Seven-coin set marks centennial

On today’s date in 1966, Finance Minister Walter Gordon announced a gold coin would be struck by the Royal Canadian Mint as part of a set of coins marking the country’s 100th anniversary in 1967.

Bearing reverse designs by acclaimed artist Alex Colville, the set included a 22-karat $20 gold coin, a silver dollar and one-, five-, 10-, 25- and 50-cent pieces.

The designs included:

  • the Canadian coat of arms on the $20 gold coin;
  • a Canada goose on the silver dollar;
  • a howling wolf on the half dollar;
  • a bobcat on the 25-cent coin;
  • a mackerel on the 10-cent coin;
  • a rabbit on the five-cent coin; and
  • a rock dove on the cent.

Each coin was double struck using specially prepared dies.

The set was issued for $40 in 1967; however, in more recent years, its value has climbed to about $1,000 owing to the value of the gold coin, which was the first high-volume gold coin made in Canada after the First World War.

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