Canadian Coins for 75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit

by Darrin Lee Unser on May 6, 2014 · 0 comments

Three unique Royal Canadian Mint coins celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the first Royal visit to Canada in 1939. The new issues include a pure gold ultra-high relief coin, a fine silver ultra-high relief coin and a 1 oz. fine silver coin with an antique finish.

75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit Canadian Coins

75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit Canadian Coins

All three bear reverse designs emblematic of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their ground-breaking trip to North America. Mintages of the three releases are limited with 500 of the gold coin issued, 6,000 of the high relief silver coin available and 5,000 of the antique silver coin.

"History was made when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Canada in 1939," describes the Royal Canadian Mint. "It was the first time a reigning monarch had ever traveled to North America, and for a young nation eager to flex its muscles of independence, the royal tour provided the perfect opportunity."

The King and Queen arrived in Quebec on May 17, 1939. During the 29-day excursion across Canada from east to west and back again, they travailed almost 14,000 kilometers by rail. This was in addition to the many side trips taken in two convertible McLaughlin-Buicks that were specially fitted for the train to offer the Royals opportunities to venture into nearby cities and towns.

First Royal Visit to Canada Coin Designs and Specifications

The three 75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit coins celebrate the momentous occasion with reverse designs emblematic of the trip. Shown on the reverse of the ultra-high relief gold and ultra-high relief silver coins are effigies of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The high relief design allows for the portraits to rise from the coin’s surface, like a sculpture.

2014 $200 Canadian 75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit High Relief Gold Coin

2014 $25 Canadian Ultra High Relief Gold Coin

2014 $25 Canadian 75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit High Relief Silver Coin

2014 $25 Canadian Ultra High Relief Silver Coin

Offered on the reverse of the 1 ounce fine silver coin is a design showing the King and Queen on the waving platform at the back of the final car of the royal train. The King is shown wearing a military dress uniform while the Queen is wearing white gloves, pearls and fur cuffs.

2014 $20 Canadian 75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit Silver Coin

2014 $20 Canadian Fine Silver Coin

Both ultra-high relief coins are featured in proof quality. The one ounce fine silver issue has a unique antique finish.

First Royal Visit to Canada Coin Specifications

  Ultra-High Relief Gold Coin Ultra-High Relief Silver Coin 1 oz Fine Silver Coin
Mintage 500 6,000 5,000
Composition 99.999% pure gold 99.99% pure silver 99.99% pure silver
Finish proof proof antique
Weight (g) 33.17 30.76 31.39
Diameter (mm) 30 36 38
Edge serrated plain serrated
Face Value $200 $25 $20

 

All three coins ship with serialized certificates, a Royal Canadian Mint clamshell case and a custom beauty box.

Ordering Details

The 75th Anniversary of the First Royal Visit Ultra-High Relief Gold Coin, Ultra-High Relief Silver Coin and Fine Silver Coin may all be ordered directly from the Royal Canadian Mint website at mint.ca. An affiliate link to the coins is located hereicon.

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