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Royal Canadian Mint

1 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Canadian Honours: 50th Anniversary of the Order of Canada (2017)

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Since 1967, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been recognized for their unique contributions that have made Canada a nation of service, innovation and excellence. These distinguished citizens are the members of one of Canada's most prestigious fellowships, the Order of Canada, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

By virtue of their membership and rank, each has the right to wear an exclusive insignia that is recreated on the coin's design. It's a prestigious emblem that represents Canada at its very best—a nation's badge of honour for outstanding achievement, dedication and merit, as reflected in the Order's motto: Desiderantes meliorem patriam ("They desire a better country").

About The Order of Canada Medal:

Prior to 1967, Canada did not have an honours system of its own. Deserving Canadians were typically recognized with British honours, with the exception of a select few Canadian medals. The idea of home-grown honours was periodically raised then revisited throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century; but in 1966, the idea came to fruition when the concept was championed by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to coincide with Canada's centennial celebrations.

Created in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada represented a defining first for a nation that had come into its own. Two ranks—the Companion and the Medal of Service—were initially created to recognize Canadians for their service to Canada or to humanity at large. In 1972, the Order was expanded into the three-tiered structure in place today: Members(C.M.) are recognized for contributions to a particular community, group, or field of activity; Officers (O.C.) are appointed on the basis of highly meritorious service at a national or international level; and Companions (C.C.) have demonstrated outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree through outstanding contributions to their country or humankind.

Special features:
  • A TRIBUTE TO THE RECIPIENTS: Your coin is a tribute to the recipients who have received the Order of Canada during its first 50 years and to their individual contributions to the fabric of our nation, as it proudly celebrates its 150th anniversary.
  • FEATURES THE ENGRAVED DATES"1967-2017": The double dates of "1967-2017" are included to represent the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada.
  • EXCEPTIONAL SERIES, EXCEPTIONAL CANADIANS: This is the third coin in a 4-coin series that explores the highest honours in Canada'sHonours System. Subscribe today to receive all fourcoins.
  • FAITHFUL RECREATION: This is the first time the revered Companion of the Order of Canada insignia has ever been replicated on a coin, and it has been faithfully based on technical drawings by the Principle Artist of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, Cathy Bursey-Sabourin.
  • LOW MINTAGE: Your coin has a low limited worldwide mintage of 5,500.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies allof its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1.
  • 99.99% PURE SILVER! 
  • No GST/HST!


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell case.

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