2021 Canada Gold $100 100th Anniv of Bluenose: The Launch

2021 Canada Gold $100 100th Anniv of Bluenose: The Launch

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The design that gave Bluenose the gift of speed also gave the schooner its grace and majesty. The 2021 Bluenose centennial celebration continues on this limited edition collectible, which highlights the ingenuity and elegance of the ship's design.

On the 20 mm coin's reverse, the photo of a newly launched Bluenose before being fitted with sails and rigging presents a different view of the fishing vessel, while the hull drawing is a nod to the design that made it a racing champion.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 0.25 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.
  • Limited mintage of 2,000 coins.
  • Obverse:Features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
  • Reverse: Celebrates Bluenose through two images that are precisely aligned to create a contrasting effect. In the background, the hull drawing focuses on W.J. Roué's streamlined design and the clean lines that contributed to the ship's successful racing career. In the foreground, the image of Bluenose without sails and dressed in an array of signal flags is based on a launch day (March 26, 1921) photograph, but the use of a forced perspective emphasizes the bow and creates a sense of movement.
  • Guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint.

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In the Smith and Rhuland shipyard in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia., the construction methods were the same ones that had built more than 100 vessels, but Bluenose's design set it apart. Its architect, William James Roué, had envisioned a sleek-looking schooner that would be a "combination of Gloucester and Nova Scotian vessels, with the depth of the former and the breadth of the latter." Through theory and calculations, Roué drafted the blueprints for a vessel with a large hold for her catch carrying capacity and a hull that was optimized for reduced resistance in water—giving her speed that was a benefit in her fishing and racing careers.

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