Proof finish with gold-plating
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The reverse’s maple leaf is both an icon and a representation of Canada’s geographical shape, with each lobe encompassing the eastern, western and northern reaches of Canada. Within its outline, symbols offer a figurative cross-country journey: the Rocky Mountains and a white-tailed deer in the leaf’s left lobe represent the rugged wilderness of Canada’s West; behind the deer lie the wheat-growing Prairies; the fishing traditions of Eastern Canada are represented by a fish, a boat and a lighthouse; a partial map of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut dominates the leaf’s middle point, while the Tower of Victory and Peace at the base symbolises the government and the ties that bind all Canadians together.
A brief annotation
No other symbol strikes a deep, emotional chord for Canadians than the maple leaf, for it is synonymous with a land filled with stunning sights and places, each as diverse as the nearly 35 million people who call Canada “home.” Intricately engraved and enhanced with five different polishes, the gold-plated design offers an innovative concept that appeals to art appreciators and collectors alike; through this visual storytelling, the clever interplay of each symbol crafts a defining portrait of Canada and a memorable celebration of the Canadian experience through the universal language of art. The coin was minted and launched in 2014 and is intended for the next year.