French explorers known as Voyageurs traversed Canada’s wilderness
while engaging in the fur trade in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Voyageurs are the first theme in the Exploring Canada series of
Matte Proof .9999 fine silver $15 coins from the Royal Canadian Mint,
showcasing Canadian exploration and history.
The 10-coin subscription program rolls out through April 2015,
kicking off with a design from Canadian artist John Mantha released
The reverse design shows five men shooting the rapids of a Canadian
watercourse, aboard a birch bark canoe that typified the fur trade.
The Native oarsman at the helm represents the inter-cultural alliances
critical to the fur trade’s success, and the manner of dress among the
men illustrates the extent to which the Voyageurs adopted Native ways
of life. The treacherous waterway with its rocky outcrops is
characteristic of the dangerous terrain the Voyageurs navigated, just
one of many perils ever-present in the wilderness.
The Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse.
The coin weighs 23.17 grams, measures 36.07 millimeters in diameter
and has a mintage limit of 15,000 pieces.
Other coins in the series will honor the following themes: Gold
Rush, the Arctic Expedition, Vikings, West Coast exploration,
pioneering mapmakers, wild rivers exploration, building the Canadian
Pacific Railway, scientific exploration, and space exploration.
The first coin was issued at the price of $54.95 in Canadian funds.
The U.S. prices for collectors in the United States buying from the
RCM fluctuate with the exchange rate, calculated at the time of
Telephone the RCM inside the United States at 800-268-6468. In
Canada, telephone the RCM at 800-267-1871. Visit the RCM website to order.
Gatewest Coin Ltd. and Talisman
Coins, official distributors for the RCM, carry the coin at fixed
prices in U.S. dollars. Gatewest offers the coin for $47.95;
Talisman's pricing was unavailable at press time.
To contact Gatewest, telephone the firm at 888-565-2646 or visit its
Telephone Talisman at 888-552-2646 or visit its website.