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The Royal Canadian Mint's (RCM) annual $100 gold coin, now in 99.99% pure gold — order today!

The design that gave Bluenose the gift of speed also gave the schooner its grace and majesty. RCM's 2021 Bluenose centennial celebration continues on this limited edition collectible, which highlights the ingenuity and elegance of the ship's design. On the 20 mm coin's reverse, the photo of a newly launched Bluenose before being fitted with sails and rigging presents a different view of the fishing vessel, while the hull drawing is a nod to the design that made it a racing champion.

This is the only gold coin in RCM's 2021 celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bluenose. Mintage is limited to 2,000 coins worldwide — order today!


  • PART OF THE BLUENOSE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION: The Bluenose story continues! The 2021 Proof Dollar was the first chapter of a story that continues on multiple coins this year; the next chapter is Bluenose's launch, which is the theme behind this magnificent coin.
  • BIG ON DETAILS: Thanks to a mix of different finishes and techniques, this coin's engraved design is just as detailed and complex as previous $100 pure gold coins.
  • A DIFFERENT VIEW! You're used to seeing the image of Bluenose under full sail — that's how the ship has appeared on RCM's 10-cent circulation coin since 1937. For this design, RCM engravers opted for a new perspective that emphasizes the bow and shows Bluenose without its sails and rigging.
  • A TREASURED TRIBUTE: The only gold coin in RCM's yearlong (2021) celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bluenose, the ship that captured a nation's heart and lifted its spirit! It is the pride of Nova Scotia and a Canadian icon, and it has also been a big part of the Royal Canadian Mint's story since 1937.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.


The reverse celebrates Bluenose through two images that are precisely aligned to create a contrasting effect. In the background, the hull drawing focuses on W.J. Roué's streamlined design and the clean lines that contributed to the ship's successful racing career. In the foreground, the image of Bluenose without sails and dressed in an array of signal flags is based on a launch day (March 26, 1921) photograph, but the use of a forced perspective emphasizes the bow and creates a sense of movement. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.


  • Marine architect W.J. Roué's first design for Bluenose specified a waterline length of 36.6 metres (120 ft. 1 in.). That was too long to qualify for the International Fishermen's Race—the maximum allowable length was 44.2 metres (145 feet) and a waterline length of 34 metres (112 feet)—so Roué submitted a revised design that would become his masterpiece.
  • The only modification Roue made to the design was to accommodate a request from Captain Angus Walters. The forecastle was raised by 30 cm (1 ft.) to give the crew more headroom, which meant the ship's topside and bow were also raised.
  • Bluenose was launched on March 26, 1921. It took another two weeks for the ship to be ballasted, rigged and fitted out in preparation for its maiden voyage to the Grand Banks.


In the Smith and Rhuland shipyard in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia., the construction methods were the same ones that had built more than 100 vessels, but Bluenose's design set it apart. Its architect, William James Roué, had envisioned a sleek-looking schooner that would be a "combination of Gloucester and Nova Scotian vessels, with the depth of the former and the breadth of the latter." Through theory and calculations, Roué drafted the blueprints for a vessel with a large hold for her catch carrying capacity and a hull that was optimized for reduced resistance in water—giving her speed that was a benefit in her fishing and racing careers.


  • Vessel no. 150,404, registered at the Port of Lunenburg, N.S., in March 1921.
  • Length: 43.6 metres (143 feet) *not including bowsprit
  • Waterline length: 34 metres (112 feet)
  • Displacement tonnage: 258 tonnes (285 tons)
  • Beam: 8.2 metres (27 feet)
  • Draught: 4.85 metres (15 feet 10 inches)
  • Sail area: 930 square metres (10,000 square feet)


Your coin is individually encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.


The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.

Your coin will be received in a beautiful, Royal Canadian Mint, branded clamshell box.

Brilliant Uncirculated
Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 100
0.25077 oz

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