Mintage of only 2,500 coins!
Superior sculpting beautifully depicts a survey team, dressed for Arctic weather, with a stylized globe of the Canadian Arctic behind them. The obverse of this Gold Proof shows Susanna Blunt's design of Queen Elizabeth II of England.
This coin contains 12 grams of 14-Karat Gold alloyed with .4167-fine Silver for a total weight of .23 oz of pure Gold. It is attractively housed in the original box of issue and includes a numbered certificate of authenticity detailing the story of Canada's Arctic Expedition.
In 1913, an international crew of scientists, sailors, guides and crewmen—called the Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE)—set sail on a remarkable voyage of discovery in Canada's High Arctic. During the five years that followed, their work would touch unprecedented facets of Canada's far-flung northern reaches, including: previously unknown lands and islands, as well as thousands of photographs, artifacts and specimens that offered Canadians a glimpse of life in the Arctic. Their discoveries not only better defined Canada's northern boundaries, but fundamentally contributed to Canada's scientific, social and cultural knowledge of the Arctic and the people who lived there. This redefined the region in the Canadian imagination, and helped establish the special place it maintains in national life today.