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Get a glimpse of the creative process behind the 1939 silver dollar.

Another Mint first! The Royal Canadian Mint is simultaneously honouring history and making history with this innovative thin 5 oz. coin, which brings you an engraved representation of Emanuel Hahn’s original sketch of the 1939 silver dollar. Working off the hand-drawn mock-up preserved in the National Currency Collection of the Bank of Canada, engravers have painstakingly re-created Hahn’s preliminary “Parliament” art concept for the commemoration of the royal visit of King George VI—whose effigy appears on the obverse—and Queen Elizabeth. Every pencil mark, and even the fold lines of the original paper document, are etched upon your coin’s reverse, where the relief—struck incuse for that hand-drawn look—honours both the artist and the artwork that holds historical significance.

Drawn by Hahn: Enjoy an “early” view of the 1939 silver dollar.


  • A Mint first. This is the first thin 5 oz. coin. Struck on an innovative coin blank, this thinner coin contains 5 oz. of 99.99% pure silver but features a 50% larger diameter than a standard 5 oz. coin, and provides more room for the art.
  • A Hahn original. This is a rare opportunity for collectors to own an engraved representation of an original drawing by Emanuel Hahn. It reflects the artist’s vision for the 1939 silver dollar—an important piece in Canadian numismatic history.
  • Honouring Hahn. Artist, sculptor, coin designer—Emanuel Hahn left an indelible mark on Canada’s coins, and his Bluenose (10 cents) and caribou (25 cents) designs still grace our circulation coins today.
  • Includes art card. Each coin is accompanied by an art card featuring a reproduction of the original drawing by Hahn.
  • Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • No GST/HST


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box, along with an art card featuring a reproduction of the original sketch.


Instead of raised relief, the design was struck incuse to capture the look of a pencil drawing. Every pencil mark, the lines around the lettering, and even the paper fold lines from the archived art have been painstakingly re-created on this extraordinary collectible.


The effigy of King George VI on the obverse ties in with the 1939-dated reverse.


Issued in honour of the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth—the first visit by a reigning monarch of Canada—the 1939 silver dollar was the second commemorative silver dollar issued by Canada and designed by Emanuel Hahn. His iconic Voyageur design made its debut on the first one: the 1935 silver dollar commemorating the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

Your coin’s reverse is an engraved representation of an early pencil sketch of the 1939 silver dollar designed by artist Emanuel Hahn (1881-1957). Marked by the paper fold lines of the original sketch residing in the National Currency Collection of the Bank of Canada, the reverse design is a partially completed depiction of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, along with perspective lines and other preliminary graphic elements hand-drawn by the artist, including the Roman-style lettering for the Latin legend “FIDE SVORVM REGNAT” (“He reigns by the faith of his people”). The obverse features the historical effigy of George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget.


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 1998.

Royal Canadian Mint
Emanuel Hahn
5 oz

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