Wednesday, January 9, 2013

$100 Canadian Arctic Expedition Gold Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to celebrate the centennial of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 with a commemorative coins; $100 Canadian Arctic Expedition Gold Coin. The coin has been released by Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

The coin reverse was designed by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross and depicts several key images representative of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, including a survey team atop an ice floe taking research measurements and, in the background, a stylized globe of the Canadian Arctic.

Arctic Expedition

The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve. It will be accompanied by a serialized certificate—your proof of ownership for this coin and evidence that your coin has been individually inspected by our resident quality assurance specialists.

Technical Specification:
Mintage: 2500
Composition: 14-karat gold (58.33% gold, 41.67% silver)
Finish: proof
Weight: 12gm
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: serrated
Certificate: serialized
Face value: 100 dollars
Artist: Bonnie Ross (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

The Canadian Arctic historic expedition was led by ethnologist Vilhjalmur Stefansson and zoologist Rudolph Anderson, whose teams split into a Northern Party, headed by Stefansson to undertake the bulk of the mapping exercise, while Anderson's Southern Party explored the geology, flora and fauna, and native inhabitants of the Arctic Mainland. After three years of research over thousands of kilometres, the Canadian Arctic Expedition discovered new islands and mapped land which even local inhabitants had never seen. The Southern Party compiled 14 volumes of scientific data and gathered thousands of specimens and artefacts, some of which continue to educate Canadians through permanent national museum collections.

The 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition is commemorated on: 2013 Proof Silver Dollar, the 2013 Brilliant Silver Dollar; the 2013 Fine Silver Proof Set; the 2013 $100 Gold Coin; and a duo of 99.99% pure gold and silver kilo coins. All these products can be ordered by directly contacting the Royal Canadian Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at These coins will also be sold at the Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.