2020 10oz Canada Archival Treasures - The Armorial Bearings Of The Dominion of Canada .9999 Silver Proof Coin

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About the coin 

Dated May 26, 1868, a royal warrant of Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted individual arms to the first four provinces of the newly formed Dominion of Canada: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It further stated that these provincial arms were to be quartered for use as a Great Seal for the new country. While the quartered arms were never used for the Great Seal of Canada, the four-province shield was adopted as the heraldic emblem of the Dominion of Canada. It appeared on the flag of the Governor General of Canada, as well as the Canadian Blue Ensign and the Canadian Red Ensign flown at sea. As more provinces joined Confederation, emblematic devices continued to be (informally) added to the Dominion shield until 1921, when it was replaced with the duly authorized Arms of Canada.

"Although it did not serve its intended purpose, the four-province emblem became widely recognized as the national coat of arms and was included in the flag of the Governor General and the Canadian Blue Ensign in 1870, in the Canadian Red ensign in 1892, and on $5 and $10 coins minted in Ottawa from 1912 to 1914." Auguste Vachon: Outaouais Herald of Arms Emeritus, Member of the International Academy of Heraldry


Key Features

  • The hunt for historical treasures: We dug deep into Library and Archives Canada’s collection to find the original design by Sir Charles George Young, the Garter King of Arms at the College of Arms in England, as well as a letter dated April 8, 1868 and addressed to Richard Grenville, third Duke of Buckingham and Chandos and secretary to the colonies from 1867 to 1868.

  • Interpret the past: Royal Canadian Mint engravers interpreted the original pen and ink drawing and scaled it to fit this unforgettable 10 oz. coin. It also includes a few revised elements that were suggested by the Duke of Buckingham after the design was submitted in 1868.

  • Includes special card: Each coin comes with a special insert so you can view the original drawing.

  • A Large Coin That's Big On History: Crafted from 10 oz. of 99.99% pure silver, this large-sized (76.25 mm) coin will delight collectors of rare, unique and historical-themed treasures.

  • 10oz. 99.99% Pure Silver Coin : Your $100 coin is 99.99% pure silver, with a diameter of 76.25 millimetres and a nominal metal weight of 311.54 grams (10 oz.)


The reverse design features the armorial bearings of the Dominion of Canada (1868-1921). It is based on the original 1868 pen and ink drawing by Sir Charles George Young and includes the changes requested by the Duke of Buckingham. Granted by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria, the Dominion shield features the quartered arms of the first four provinces to join Confederation: Ontario (the cross of St. George and a sprig of three maple leaves), Quebec (two fleurs-de-lis, a lion passant guardant and a sprig of three maple leaves), Nova Scotia (a salmon between three thistles) and New Brunswick (a lion passant guardant and an ancient galley).

The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

More Information
Year 2020
Metal Content Silver
Denomination $ 100
Purity 9999
Condition Proof
Country Canada
Manufacturer Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage 800
Diameter (mm) 76.25
Box & Certificate Yes