This Canadian silver brilliant uncirculated $1 coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first French settlement in ÎIe Sainte-Croix.
This coin is struck in .9999 fine silver and contains 0.8093 troy ounces of the precious metal.
The dollar is struck in fine silver to a brilliant uncirculated finish and is supplied in a capsule, housed in its original card box, and accompanied by an informative combined leaflet and certificate.
In June 1604, Samuel de Champlain and Pierre du Gua (Dugua), Sieur de Monts were exploring the Atlantic coast in order to establish the first settlement that would solidify France's rights to this region of the New World. Sailing into a bay in New Brunswick, they discovered an island at the cross-shaped confluence of three rivers- a perfectly strategic site which Sieur de Monts promptly named ÎIe Sainte-Croix.
By late September, the settlement was built - just in time for the snow that began to fall a few days later. The river quickly filled with ice floes, cutting the colony off from the mainland. Surrounded by salt water, the men were forced to spend the winter with very little food or firewood for heat. When spring warmed, only 44 of the original 79 men were alive. The settlement was relocated, but the historic impact of this small island would endure for centuries to come.
The obverse is the now familiar portrait of the Queen by Susanna Blunt, whose SB initials appear at the left just above the truncation. The coin bears the legend:
ELIZABETH II D · G · REGINA
The reverse design shows a seventeenth century sailing ship, a galleon with sails billowing, and Champlain's original drawing of the island settlement. It was designed by Canadian artist Robert-Ralph Carmichael, who initials RRC appear to the left of the ship.
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0.809|
|Fineness / Carat||0.9999 Fine|
|Obverse Designer||Susanna Blunt|
|Reverse Designer||Robert-Ralph Carmichael|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||Royal Canadian Mint|
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