Over the last three centuries, the evolution of paper currency in Canada has involved a highly specialized art form and human technology, set against the backdrop of ever-changing economics. The Canadian Bank of Commerce issued its first series of bank notes when it opened in 1867. In 1888, the Commerce released another issue of colourful bank notes in various denominations—with security so effective that the series design did not change for almost 30 years.
This coin is the first of an exciting new series celebrating the art and evolution of bank note design in Canada.
Your coin features a seascape-themed vignette from the Canadian Bank of Commerce’s 1888 20-dollar bank note. The design centres a youthful figure: possibly a young Hermès, who was a god of the Greek pantheon and a patron of travellers. The figure leans on a large fish, holding a staff entwined by two snakes. Also known as a caduceus, this staff symbolizes commerce and balance. In the background are four ships from various ages of sea travel, a rocky point jutting out into the water, and a tall lighthouse to guide the vessels to safe harbour.
The coin’s reverse also features the word “CANADA,” the date “2013” and the face value of “5 DOLLARS.”
Model No. 124052
Composition 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g) 23.17
Diameter (mm) 36.07
Face value 5 dollars
Artists Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Light wear to the outer packaging.