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Royal Canadian Mint

International Year of Older Persons - Limited Edition Sterling Silver Dollar (1999)

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The Path of Life
In order to increase awareness of the world's aging population and the shift in perceptions and government policies required to support this trend, the United Nations declared 1999 as the International Year of Older Persons. The resolution signed October 1, 1998 calls for solidarity, respect, and mutual exchange between the generations - a strong and enduring partnership that will allow the world's elders to enjoy their golden years with dignity, self-fulfillment, and independence. 
In Canada, the contributions of its elders and their significance to the nation's demographic profile cannot be denied. Today, seniors enjoy better health, greater vitality and will continue to play an increasingly active role in Canadian society. As a founding UN member-state, Canada has embraced the international resolution with a domestic initiative to create a "society for all ages". 
The Coin
The 1999 silver dollar is the first numismatic design to be inspired by a commemorative stamp. Developed by two Canadian talents, artist Shelagh Armstrong-Hodgson and designer Paul Hodgson, the reverse of the coin portrays a man and a woman, in their golden years, travelling the path of life. The light, airy lines of the trees evoke a sense of movement - the new vitality of this colourful period of life. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Dora de Pedery-Hunt.
Your coin is made out of 92.5% silver. It has been expertly struck by the Royal Canadian Mint with a limited mintage of 25,000 coins worldwide.
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