Canadian 2016 Coin Depicts Queen Elizabeth Roses in Rose Gold


Celebrating the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Canadian Mint is selling a unique silver coin depicting two Queen Elizabeth roses that are selectively plated in rose gold.

Canadian 2016 $3 Queen Elizabeth Rose Silver Coin
Canadian 2016 $3 Queen Elizabeth Rose Silver Coin

Introduced in 1954, the Queen Elizabeth rose is a cross between the Charlotte Armstrong hybrid tea rose and the Floradora rose. The variety is known for both its beauty and hardiness. The roses look exceptionally appealing on the coin’s silver surface.

"The use of rose gold plating technology on the two blooms further adds to the artistry by representing the Queen Elizabeth rose’s distinctive pink color, allowing this majestic floral beauty to stand out against the silver background," the Royal Canadian Mint describes.

The image was designed by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo. Inscriptions encircling the rose include CANADA, 2016, 3 DOLLARS, and the artist’s initials, CD.


As traditional, the coin’s obverse or heads side features Susanna Blunt’s portrait of the Queen with surrounding inscriptions ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.

Specifications for the collector coin include:

  • Mintage: 10,000
  • Composition: 99.99% pure silver
  • Finish: proof
  • Weight (g): 7.96
  • Diameter (mm): 27
  • Edge: serrated
  • Certificate: serialized
  • Face value: 3 dollars
  • Reverse Artist: Claudio D’Angelo
  • Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt


Order the 2016 $3 Queen Elizabeth Rose Silver Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at An affiliate link to the coin’s product page is right hereicon. Pricing is CAD $44.95, which is about US $35.80.

Each coin is encapsulated and ships within a clamshell-style case. The Mint indicates shipping begins on June 17, 2016.

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Seth Riesling

As a member of the RCM Mint Master’s Club, I ordered one of these beauties last week for a Mother’s Day present since my mother cultivates red & pink roses since 1979. A Master’s Club rep told me the gold plating is not as brown as the photo they sent out in the Club e-mail, but is a shade of pink (rose gold pink) as in the video shown in this article. She also said that although their website says shipping starts in June that Club members coins should begin shipping in mid-May sometime, but still too late for Mother’s… Read more »

Seth Riesling

This popular coin is already 78% sold out at the RCM, so hurry & order your beautiful rose 1/4 ounce silver coin for a great Mother’s Day present like I did.
Official RCM websites are at (English) & (French, Canadian). As a member of the RCM Mint Master Club, I ordered 4 days early before it was released to the public. Good luck everyone!

Happy collecting!



Just a beautifully designed and crafted piece of art!!! This coin will be synonymous with the celebration, beauty, history, and timelessness of the Queen’s dutiful and perfect service!

Seth Riesling

Legend –

Her Majesty QE II must be excited to add this 90th birthday tribute to her massive numismatic collection !