Spurred By A North American Land Sale BIGGER Than The Louisiana Purchase
Anyone who has ever sat through a course on American history has heard of the Louisiana Purchase. The transaction between France and the United States in 1803 added 828,000 square miles to the United States for the price tag of $15 million and doubled the size of the fledgling country. The acquired land still represents nearly one-fourth of our nation’s territory. But just a few years later an even BIGGER transaction took place and hardly anyone south of Minnesota has ever heard about it.
It was the sale of Rupert’s Land in 1869 by the Hudson Bay Company to Canada. It was a transaction that encompassed 1.5 million square miles that still accounts for a third of all Canadian territory. And, compared to the price paid for the Louisiana Purchase, it was quite the bargain costing just 300,000 pounds or roughly $1.5 million — a cost ten times lower than what was paid for the Louisiana Purchase for a territory twice the size.
The sale of Rupert’s Land transformed Canada from a modest country in the northeast of the continent into an expansive nation that reached across North America. Canada had only just become a country thanks to the 1867 British North American Act that united British colonies in North America. Canada’s international status assured; the nation’s politicians turned their attention to their country’s monetary system. Until this time, Canada’s currency system was a wild mix of private tokens, banknotes, regional denominations and even foreign currency.
The first coins were finally released in 1870 and consisted of 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-cents denominations. Each featured the portrait of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria on the obverse and the denomination within a maple wreath on the reverse. Designed by famed Royal Mint Engraver Leonard C. Wyon, the 5- and 10-cent coins featured a Laureate portrait of Queen Victoria while the 25- and 50-cent coins depicted a Diademed portrait of The Queen.
In 2020, to pay tribute the 150th anniversary of these coins, The Royal Canadian Mint struck a four-piece commemorative set featuring the same designs only as massive silver coins! Struck in highly pure 99.99% silver, the set includes a 34 mm half-ounce 5-cent piece, a 38 mm one-ounce 10-cent piece, a 50 mm two-ounce 25-cent piece, and a 65.25 mm five-ounce 50-cent piece. That’s more than EIGHT ounces of pure Canadian silver!
Plus, each coin was expertly crafted by the mint from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields. The entire set will also come beautifully displayed in its original mint packaging that consists of a high-quality wood display case and a mini storybook that explains the history of some of Canada’s early coinage in English and French.
Just 850 of each coin has been struck — an incredibly small mintage that is sure to disappear quickly. Make sure you don’t miss out, reserve your 2020 Canada Silver 150th Anniversary of First National Coinage Four-Coin Proof Set today!
- TRIBUTE TO CANADA’S FIRST NATIONAL COINS – These 2020-dated coins pay tribute to the 150th anniversary of Canada’s first national coins. Each features the designs from 1870 that feature a portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse while the reverse of each shows the denomination within a maple wreath.
- STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – Each coin in this four-piece proof set was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint in highly pure 99.99% silver.
- LEGAL-TENDER COINS – The coins in this 2020 Canada Silver 150th Anniversary of First National Coinage Four-Coin Proof Set are legal tender in Canada with 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-cent denominations.
- GORGEOUS PROOF CONDITION – Each coin in your 2020 Canada Silver 150th Anniversary of First National Coinage Four-Coin Proof Set was crafted from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce frosted details rising over mirror-like fields.
- VERY LOW LIMITED EDITION – The maximum worldwide limited edition for the 2020 Canada Silver 150th Anniversary of First National Coinage Four-Coin Proof Set has been set at only 850.
The Royal Canadian Mint struck just 850 of these 2020 Canada Silver 150th Anniversary of First National Coinage Four-Coin Proof Sets. Order yours now!