On today’s date in 1903, the municipality of Niagara Falls was incorporated.
In 1992, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a $200 gold coin as a tribute to the beauty and majesty of Niagara Falls. The coin’s design features two children playing near the Falls and two maple leaves blowing in the wind. With a mintage of 9,465, the coin was struck in 91.7 per cent gold and 8.3 per cent silver with a weight of 17.13 grams and a diameter of 29 mm.
In 2007, the Mint struck another coin – this one in 92.5 per cent silver and with a $30 face value – to commemorate panoramic photography in Niagara Falls as part of its Canadian Achievement series. With a weight of 31.5 grams, the coin has a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 2.8 mm.
Most recently, in 2013, the Mint struck a $10 silver coin – the seventh coin of the “O Canada” series of iconic
Canadian images – celebrating Niagara Falls. The coin’s reverse design, by Canadian artist Emily Damstra, presents a man, woman, and child standing behind the fence on an observation deck at the base of Horseshoe Falls, one of the three waterfalls that makes up the Niagara Falls. The man’s right arm is draped around the woman’s shoulders while his left holds the right hand of the child. The Falls are viewed from a vantage point to the right and below, near their base, highlighting their massive size and power. Behind the Falls, in the right portion of the central field, the jagged rock face of the Niagara Gorge is visible. In the sky high above the falls, two seagulls soar. Framing the reverse image is a polished outer band engraved with the word “CANADA,” the date “2013,” and the face value of “10 DOLLARS,” as well as a small stylized Niagara Falls symbol. The coin has a weight of 15.87 grams and a diameter of 34 mm.
The City of Niagara Falls also issued several trade dollars struck by the Sherritt Mint between 1977 and 1989.