A classic Canadian dollar design has been revived for a silver
The Royal Canadian Mint’s newest limited
mintage 1-ounce silver bullion coin depicts a largely unchanged
version of the Voyageur dollar design that began appearing in
circulation on a silver dollar in 1935. The 2017 coin commemorates the
150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
fine silver $5 coin shows the design of the voyageur (a French
Canadian fur trapper) with native in a canoe, the design from the 1935
coin issued to honor King George V’s Silver Jubilee (25th
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Very similar to the design that appeared on Canadian silver dollars
from 1935 to 1986, the Voyageur image by sculptor and artist Emanuel
Hahn is a powerful nod to Canada’s early history and its reputation as
an untamed frontier during the fur trade era.
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Centered on the coin’s reverse, a canoe moves swiftly past
windswept pines that dot a semicircular island. A voyageur paddles in
the stern, while a First Nations member paddles at the bow; between
them, a bundle of wrapped furs is marked “HB” for Hudson’s Bay
Company, while vertical rays above represent the aurora borealis
lighting up the sky.
The reverse also features a visible
micro-engraved security maple leaf featuring “17” in the center of the
The obverse features Susanna Blunt’s design of
Queen Elizabeth II, with the $5 face value and the year 2017.
The coin has a mintage limit of 250,000 pieces.
Single coins are shipped in protective plastic. Rolls contain 25
coins, and “monster boxes” include 20 rolls, or 500 coins total.
At press time, distributors are offering the coin for about
$3.50 to $5 above the precious metal “spot” price, depending on
quantity purchased and payment method.