On today’s date in 1966, former minister of finance Walter Gordon announced the Royal Canadian Mint would issue a set of Canadian circulation coins to mark the country’s 100th anniversary in 1967.
Bearing reverse designs by acclaimed artist Alex Colville, the set included a $20 22-karat gold coin as well as one-, five-, 10-, 25- and 50-cent pieces and a silver dollar. 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 before being placed in the black leather case.
The set was issued for $40 in 1967; however, recently, the set has been offered on eBay for about $1,000 owing to 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.