Sunday, Feb. 15, was the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag, and to celebrate the Royal Canadian Mint issued a commemorative coin emblematic of the semicentennial.
Limited to 15,000 and struck in 99.99% pure silver, the collector coin was unveiled Sunday at a special Flag Day ceremony in Confederation Park in Ottawa.
"The Mint is delighted to join Canadians in expressing our affection for the best country in the world and for the iconic flag which represents it, with a beautifully designed coloured silver collector coin," said Michel Boucher of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Reverses, or tails side of the commemorative, feature a bright red and white color application to recreate the flag of Canada, which is depicted in the shape of the nation. Surrounding inscriptions include CANADA, 1965-2015 and 3 DOLLARS.
The obverse offers Susanna Blunt’s effigy of the Queen along with inscriptions of ELIZABETH II and DG REGINA, which is Latin for "By the Grace of God, Queen."
All Mint-provided coin specifications include:
- Mintage: 15,000
- Composition: 99.99% pure silver
- Finish: proof
- Weight (g): 7.96
- Diameter (mm): 27
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 3 dollars
To further commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag, related collector coins were launched in January:
- The 2015 proof silver dollar, proof set and brilliant silver dollar, all featuring the same design by Canadian artist John Mantha, which brings together symbolic elements that reflect how the Canadian flag is perceived both at home and abroad;
- A 50-cent pure gold coin designed by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc, featuring a sugar maple leaf and the national flag seen in the background; and
- A $25 silver face value coin designed by Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi, depicting the Canadian flag billowing in the wind from the bough of a sugar maple tree.
The Mint will continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag with additional coins later in the year.
Retailing for CAD $29.95 or US $24.03, the 2015 $3 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag Silver Coin is available from the Royal Canadian Mint via its website at www.mint.ca. An affiliate link to the Mint’s product page for the new coin is right here.
The coin ships encapsulated and is packaged within a Royal Canadian Mint-branded presentation case.