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1867-1927 Canada 60th Anniversary of Confederation Medal in Silver. Uncirculated. Original Box Included.

1867-1927 Canada 60th Anniversary of Confederation Medal in Silver. Uncirculated. Original Box Included.

395.00

28.9 grams. 36mm. Obverse with conjoined busts facing left of King George V and Queen Mary with CONFEDERATION above and CANADA below. The dates 1867 and 1927 left and right, respectively, signify the year of Canadian Confederation and the year of issue. The reverse features the Canadian coat of arms and the motto A MARI USQUE AD MARE (“From Sea to Sea”) on a scroll below. J. Douglas Ferguson wrote in the July 1927 edition of The Numismatist:

Canada is making plans to issue at least two medals in connection with the celebration of her Jubilee of Confederation July 1.

     One will be struck in bronze and distributed to every school child taking part in the celebrations, which will be held in every town and city in Canada.

     The other will be struck in bronze and silver and distributed to the winner of local competitions in schools for essays on some subject of Canadian history.

     These have already been approved by the National Jubilee Committee as appointed and approved by Parliament.

This medal, the second type described by Ferguson, was reportedly produced to the extent of 1,840 pieces in bronze, 600 in silver, of which 540 were distributed, plus an unknown number in gold, presumably fewer than 100 pieces. Silver examples like this are all scarce, particularly so well-preserved.

Both sides display a strong impression. The motifs stand out against unmarked and reflective fields that are lightly toned in violet, blue-green, and golden patina. The cameo effect is especially noticeable when the medal is rotated under light. Lovely eye appeal and all the more impressive in its original case of issue.

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