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100th Anniversary of Bluenose - 2021 Canada Pure Silver Coin - Royal Canadian Mint

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Celebrate a beloved icon that outpaced its challengers and secured a permanent place in our hearts!

  • The story begins. Start at the beginning! This proof dollar represents the first chapter of a story that continues on multiple coins in 2021. It's part of a celebration of the Bluenose journey, from design to launch and throughout its racing years, as well as its enduring legacy.
  • Our flagship product. This year's pure silver proof dollar celebrates the 100th anniversary of Bluenose, the world-famous schooner whose racing success made it a beloved Canadian icon.
  • Pride of Lunenburg, N.S. Artist Yves Bérubé is based in Lunenburg, N.S., where Bluenose was proudly built and launched, and where it called home.
  • A historical treasure. This is the ship that captured a nation's heart and lifted its spirit! Bluenose is the pride of Nova Scotia and a Canadian icon. It has also been a big part of the Royal Canadian Mint's story since 1937, when it first appeared on our 10-cent circulation coin.
  • Limited mintage. The newest addition to your collection is crafted in 99.99% pure silver and has a limited mintage of 30,000.

     Building a legacy: William J. Roué(1879-1970)
    The story of Bluenose begins in 1920 with the creation of the International Fishermen's Trophy series, established to pit Nova Scotia's fishing schooners against the rival New England fleet, After an unexpected loss in the inaugural race, a group of Halifax businessmen set out to win back the trophy in 1921 by returning with a new, faster vessel. William James Roué was entrusted with the task of designing a vessel that could both earn its keep as a fishing schooner and bring the Trophy home. Born in Halifax and based in Dartmouth, N.S., Roué then worked at the family's soda manufacturing business pursuing his passion for naval architecture in his spare time. Largely self-taught, Bluenose was only his 17th design and first fishing schooner, and the one that first earned him international acclaim. Using a mathematical approach, Roué gave Bluenose the ability to carry a large amount of sail and a hull shape which would cut through the water with the least resistance, and they carried it to victory on the fishing banks and on the race course! Its success allowed Roué to turn his passion into a profession. In a career lasting more than a half-century Canada's first and most famous naval architect designed some 200 vessels, including an innovative sectional barge for Allied military use in the Second World War.

    A blueprint for success:
    The hull profile engraved on your coin's reverse pays tribute to Roué's original design. Using the original hull profile blueprint we created a mirror image that aligns with the portrait of Bluenose under full sail. 

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