The Royal Canadian Mint's Peace Dollar
World War I was one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. It also happened to be among the first wars that was brought home to those not on the frontlines through photos and videos. The entire world celebrated peace when it finally ended. The U.S Mint got in on the festivities with Anthony de Francisci’s Peace Dollar, which made its debut in 1921. 99 years later, Canada issued a Peace Dollar of its own that was inspired by de Francisci’s design.
The first Canada Peace Dollar followed the 2019 Peace and Liberty medal on which the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) collaborated with former U.S Mint Chief Engraver, John Mercanti. Celebrating values cherished by the two countries, it consisted of a Peace design by retired RCM Senior Engraver Susan Taylor and a Liberty design by Mercanti. Following the Peace and Liberty Medal, the RCM released the first-ever 2020 Canada Peace Dollar in the fall of 2019.
In the fall of 2020, the Royal Canadian Mint released the second Canada Peace Dollar. The new addition to the series is dated 2021 and features the first-ever reverse proof finish in the series!
Susan Taylor’s Stunning Peace Dollar Design
Echoing de Francisci’s Liberty design for the Canada Peace Dollar, Susan Taylor shows the Latin word Pax (Latin word for “Peace”) as a young woman in left-side profile. She wears a wreath crown that consists of maple leaves and olive branches. These design elements represent peace, order, and good government, areas in which Canada prides itself. Canada’s national motto, “A MARI USQUE AD MARE” (From sea to sea) arches over her head. She is flanked by her name, “PAX,” and the date. Like virtually all other Canadian coinage, the obverse bears Susanna Blunt’s right-side effigy of reigning British monarch and Canadian head of state Queen Elizabeth II.
Susan Taylor’s Prolific Career
Susan Taylor worked at the Royal Canadian Mint from 1981-2017. She served as an engraver and sculptor. One of the greatest accomplishments of her career came when her Remembrance medal won the American Medallic Sculpture Association’s (AMSA’s) 2016 American Medal of the Year award. It paid tribute to the efforts of her grandfather, George Edie, and his fellow soldiers who battled in World War I’s Second Battle of Ypres.
A Limited Mintage in Fine Silver
The new Canada Peace Dollar series meets the same high standard of purity employed by the mint for its famous bullion coin, the Silver Maple Leaf, .9999 fine silver. The first 2020 Canada Peace Dollar had a stunning proof finish and a mintage that is strictly limited to just 5,500 pieces! The 2021 Canada Peace Dollar boasts a stunning reverse proof finish, a first for the series, and a limited mintage of just 5,000 coins.