Royal Canadian Mint 2017 Voyageur Coins The character and spirit of the country was revealed on Canada's first circulating Silver dollar in 1935. This remarkable design of the early frontier has made its way back as the first-ever $150 denomination 1 oz .9999 fine Gold bullion coin, and $5 denomination 1 oz .9999 fine Silver bullion coin. This is the highest denomination made available on a one oz Silver legal tender bullion coin.
Largely unchanged from the design that appeared on Canadian Silver dollars from 1935 to 1986, the “Voyageur” image by sculptor and artist Emanuel Hahn is a powerful nod to Canada’s early history and its reputation as an untamed frontier during the fur trade era. In the center of the coin's reverse is where a canoe moves swiftly past the wind-swept pines that dot a semi-circular island. A voyageur paddles at the stern, while an Aboriginal paddles at the bow. Between them, a bundle of wrapped furs are marked “HB” for Hudson’s Bay Company, while stylized vertical rays above represent the aurora borealis lighting up the sky.