2019 Canada 1 oz Silver $20 Historical Stamps: Arrival of Cartier

2019 Canada 1 oz Silver $20 Historical Stamps: Arrival of Cartier

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The Royal Canadian Mint’s Canada’s Historical Stamps series is a numismatic tribute to early 20th century stamp designs, with colorful reproductions engraved within the “perforated” edges that transform this rectangular coin into a stamp-shaped one.

With serrated edges that mimic a postal stamp’s perforations, this fine Silver coin is a numismatic celebration of Canada’s postal and philatelic history, with a special focus on early 20th century stamp designs.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Silver.
  • Comes in a maroon clamshell with a graphic outer box.
  • Low limited mintage of 5,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Reverse: Engraved on the stamp-shaped reverse is a detailed reproduction of a Canadian postage stamp issued on July 16, 1908, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City by French explorer and navigator, Samuel de Champlain. The stamp was titled “ARRIVÉE DE CARTIER – QUÉBEC 1535” (Arrival of Cartier – Quebec 1535), as inscribed beneath the image. It was designed by José Antonio Machado and originally engraved by Elie Timothée Loizeaux, as evidenced by the horizontal lines that are indicative of traditional intaglio printing or line engraving. The image depicts the arrival of Champlain’s predecessor, French explorer Jacques Cartier, in the St. Lawrence River near the Iroquoian village of Stadacona. An application of modern color mimics the brown color of the original issue, while the double dates “1608” and “1908” and the words “IIIE CENTENAIRE DE QUÉBEC” reflect the city’s tercentenary. Like the 1908 stamp, the reverse also includes ornamental flourishes and the words “CANADA POSTAGE” atop the framed image, while the stamp’s original denomination is represented by the number “20”.

This is the second coin in a limited series that travels back in time to 1908, to reproduce a stamp issued for the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. Add this brilliant Silver Historical Stamps coin to your cart today!

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