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Canada reprises classic design for 'thin' collector coin

Canada has issued a modern 5-ounce silver dollar version of Emanuel Hahn’s classic design for the 1939 silver dollar.

Images courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Emanuel Hahn’s classic design for the 1939 silver dollar for Canada has new life in a 5-ounce silver commemorative dollar coin from the Royal Canadian Mint.

The 2024 antique finish .9999 fine silver dollar is the first issue for RCM of a so-called “thin” 5-ounce coin. The coin measures 110 millimeters in diameter, compared to the typical 65.25-millimeter size of other RCM 5-ounce silver coins.

The original 1939 silver dollar was minted with a 36-millimeter diameter.

Honoring a classic design

Working from Hahn’s hand-drawn mock-up, preserved in the National Currency Collection of the Bank of Canada, engravers painstakingly re-created Hahn’s preliminary “Parliament” art concept for commemorating the royal visit of King George VI — whose effigy by Thomas H. Paget appears on the obverse — and Queen Elizabeth.

Every pencil mark and even the fold lines of the original paper document are etched upon the coin’s reverse, where the relief — struck incuse to accomplish that hand-drawn look — honors both the artist and the artwork that holds historical significance.

Instead of raised relief, the design was struck incuse to capture the look of a pencil drawing. In addition to the pencil marks and paper fold lines, the lines around the lettering and other detail from the archived art were painstakingly re-created for the extraordinary collectible.

The effigy of King George VI on the obverse corresponds with the 1939-dated reverse.

Specifications, details

The coin weighs 158.5 grams, has a mintage limit of 1,350 pieces, and retails for $629.95 Canadian.

It is packaged in a black clamshell case with a black beauty box, and includes an art card featuring a reproduction of the original drawing.

Delivery is expected to begin April 12. To order, or learn more, visit the RCM website, www.mint.ca.

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