Step back in time and witness the birth of a modern nation with the An Emerging Country First 100 Years of Confederation Rail Silver Coin, Coin #1. This remarkable coin, styled in the art nouveau fashion, offers a captivating glimpse into Canada's history from 1867 to 1914. Travel through time and experience the era when railways became the driving force behind Canada's progress.
Between 1867 and 1914, the locomotive symbolized change and propelled Canada forward. The 4-4-0 locomotive featured on this coin captures the essence of this transformative period. The completion of the transcontinental railway in 1885 brought about unparalleled growth for Canada, intertwining the ribbons of steel with every aspect of Canadian life. By 1914, the railway had become an integral part of the emerging country's fabric, driving progress and connecting communities from coast to coast.
Coin #1 marks the auspicious beginning of a three-coin series that artfully blends art, history, and industry. It offers a captivating narrative of Canada's first 100 years (1867 to 1967), viewed through the lens of art and represented by transportation modes that defined each era. Designed specifically for collectors like you, each coin in this series showcases mesmerizing art and tells a compelling story. The effigies on the obverse not only pay homage to Canadian history but also honor your passion for numismatics and the rich heritage of Canadian coinage—a heritage that predates Confederation itself.
Limited to just 1,250 coins worldwide, this 99.99% pure silver coin is a rare treasure for discerning collectors. By owning this coin, you become part of an exclusive group who appreciates the artistry, historical significance, and enduring value it represents. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies the authenticity of each collector coin, providing an assurance of its quality and provenance.
As you embark on this journey through time, let the art nouveau style of Coin #1 guide your imagination. This influential art movement, prevalent from 1890 until the onset of World War I, drew inspiration from the organic forms found in nature. Its flowing lines and "whiplash" curves create a sense of harmony and elegance. Art nouveau not only encapsulates the spirit of the era but also sets the stage for the subsequent art deco style that will be featured in the upcoming coins.
The first transcontinental railway, completed in 1885, served as a crucial link connecting the east and west of Canada. The driving of the last spike on November 7, 1885, in Craigellachie, British Columbia, marked a significant milestone in Canadian history. The coin pays homage to this monumental achievement by showcasing the 4-4-0 type locomotive, specifically CPR Engine No. 374, which pulled the first passenger train to arrive in Port Moody, British Columbia. These historic steam engines were a testament to Canadian engineering prowess and played a pivotal role in shaping the nation.
Railways were more than just a mode of transportation during this era. They fostered innovation, revolutionized communication through the erection of telegraph lines, and facilitated the transportation of goods and people. Railway companies even operated steamships on the Great Lakes and both coasts, while the grand hotels they built helped invigorate Canada's hospitality and tourism industry.
Embrace the spirit of the art nouveau era and add the An Emerging Country First 100 Years of Confederation Rail Silver Coin to your collection. This meticulously crafted coin comes encapsulated in a protective casing and includes a serialized certificate from the Royal Canadian Mint. Begin your numismatic journey through Canada's history and secure your place in this extraordinary three-coin series. Subscribe today to ensure you receive all three coins and create a complete series that holds a special place in your collection.