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Art deco! Coin #2 takes to the seas for a look at progress. Order today!

The journey through history continues! Coin #2 in the First 100 Years of Confederation is an art deco-styled view of Canada from 1914 and 1945 and features one of the first ships built for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

This was an era in which a young Canada was navigating uncertain waters made murkier by two wars and a crippling economic depression. Waves of immigration had landed on our shores and swept west, transforming society and enriching our cultural fabric. But the changing tides of history also carried Canada's finest and our hopes for peace to places like Vimy, and later, Juno Beach — two key turning points that marked Canada's coming of age, which is represented on this coin.

A gorgeous piece that tells a powerful story through captivating art.

Special features:

  • IT'S HISTORY ON THE MOVE! This is Coin #2 in an exciting three-coin series that fuses art, history and industry! It's the story of Canada's first 100 years (1867 to 1967), viewed through the lens of art and represented by a mode of transportation that defined the era.
  • ART DECO STYLE! As you view each coin, let the art style guide you in this journey through time! Coin #2 features the modern art deco style that is considered the successor to art nouveau (Coin #1)
  • FIVE EFFIGIES ON ONE COIN! The multi-effigy obverse features the effigies of five monarchs who served as Canada's constitutional head of state between 1867 and 1967, and whose combined reigns span a century of change. Each effigy is accompanied by a Latin inscription stating the monarch's name and royal title, as seen on some of the Royal Canadian Mint's most historic coins:
  • D.G. – Dei Gratia, "By the Grace of God"
  • REGINA – "Queen"
  • REX – "King"
  • IMP – "Emperor"
  • IMP:IND – "Emperor of India"
  • MADE FOR YOU! Collectors, this series is for you. Each coin in this series offers you captivating art and a fascinating story. And the effigies on the obverse don't just represent Canadian history; they represent a hobby and a century's worth of Canadian coin history — one effigy even predates Confederation!
  • A RARE TREASURE! Be one of the privileged few to own this 99.99% pure silver coin — mintage is limited to just 1,250 worldwide.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.


Designed by Canadian artist Glen Green, the coin's reverse features a symbol of a Canada's new-found standing on the world stage after the First World War (1914-1918). Art deco elements surround the depiction of HMCS Saguenay; built in 1931, the vesselwas one of the first warships built for the Royal Canadian Navy before the naval service's rapid expansion during the Second World War (1939-1945). The obverse combines five of the effigies that have appeared on Canadian coins since 1867 (clockwise, from top): the first effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick, with the Latin inscription "ELIZABETH II D·G·REGINA"; the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget, with the inscription "GEORGIVS VI D·G·REX"; the effigy of King George V by Sir E. B. Mackennal, with the inscription "GEORGIVS V D·G·REX ET IND: IMP:"; the effigy of King Edward VII by G. W. De Saulles, with the inscription "EDWARDVS VII D·G·REX IMP:"; and the effigy of Queen Victoria by L. C. Wyon, with the inscription "VICTORIA D·G·REGINA".

Did you know?

  • The First World War is often cited as Canada's coming of age. Canada entered the First World War in 1914 with an army of just 3,110 men; its navy, which was only founded in 1910, consisted of two old cruisers and 350 sailors. But by the end of the war, more than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland (then a separate colony) had answered the call of duty, but at the cost of 66,000 lives. For a nation of just eight million, this was a significant contribution, and Canada emerged with a new-found standing on the world stage and a growing sense of national identity.
  • By the end of the Second World War, Canada had become a leading member of the international community and had one of the largest navies in the world. More than a million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the war, with 45,000 killed and another 55,000 wounded.
  • HMCS Saguenay(depicted on this coin) was deployed at the start of the Second World War. This River-class destroyer was built in Hampshire, United Kingdom; the ship was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy at Portsmouth (U.K.) on May 22, 1931, and arrived in Halifax on July 3, 1931. The Saguenay was assigned to convoy duties throughout the Battle of the Atlantic; this was the longest battle of the Second World War, and Canada played a major role in this campaign.
  • Art deco was popular in the inter-war years. The successor to art nouveau, art deco is easily recognized by the art style's strong geometric character. Its popularity peaked in the 1920s and '30s, but it continues to influence the artists and architects of today.


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

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Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 50
Glen Green
5 oz

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