This Special Limited Edition 2017 Proof Set celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with the highest quality proof coins of each denomination issued in pure silver, plus a spectacular new Confederation themed silver dollar. Denominations include the 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent, 50 cent, loon style dollar, silver dollar and 2 dollar coins. The three highest denomination coins are further enhanced with a selective overlay of 24 karat gold. The other proof set issued for 2017 sold out very quickly, and this highest quality Canada 150 commemorative set is likely to sell out even faster. Since all of the coins in this set are pure silver and struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
About the Proof Dollar Design
This special issue dollar coin shows Canada as strong, wise and hopeful. The reverse design by Canadian artist Rebecca Yanovskaya features a contemporary take on a classic female allegory that personifies Canada on its 150th anniversary. Every element in this complex design represents a different political, historic, geographic and social aspect of our nation. In the foreground, Canada rises up strong, majestic and bold; she bears a youthful appearance, given Canada’s status as a relatively young nation. Canada is the picture of grace and a vision of strength in her protective armour; and yet, she carries no weapon—a symbolic nod to our efforts to bring peace throughout the world. Her brow is wreathed with a garland of poppies, much as the lyrics to O Canada affirm in French. Facing out as though looking to the future, Canada’s gaze is calm and steady while her arms are open wide, ready to embrace what challenges and triumphs lie ahead. In one hand is a symbolic representation of the British North America Act, which represents the birth of the Dominion of Canada 150 years ago; in the other hand is a single feather that pays tribute to those who helped forge our nation’s path: the First Nations peoples and the Fathers of Confederation. A fur cape is a further reminder of First Nations traditions, as well as the importance of the fur trade in Canada’s early history.
Thirteen rays of light—one for each province and territory—shine down upon Canada, while the waves at her feet represent the oceans that surround us. The Canadian banners link air, land and sea while in the background, Mount Logan (Canada’s tallest peak) represents the diversity of the land, and alludes to the ability of Canadians to “rise” to the challenges we face—yesterday, today and tomorrow.