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1914 Dominion of Canada shield

Quarterly, 1st Vert a spray of three maple leaves conjoined in a single stem Or on a chief Argent a plain cross Gules (for Ontario);

2nd Or on a fess Gules between two fleurs de lis in chief Azure and in base a spray of three maple leaves conjoined in a single stem Vert a lion passant gardant Or (for Quebec);

3rd Or on a fess wavy Azure between three thistles slipped and leaved proper a salmon naiant also proper (for Nova Scotia);

4th Or a lymphad under sail proper flagged Gules sailing in a sea in base barry wavy Azure and Argent and on a chief Gules a lion passant gardant Or (for New Brunswick).

The Canadian Confederation of various states into the Dominion of Canada took place on 1 July 1867. On 26 May 1868 arms were granted under Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria to the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as first four provinces of the Dominion of Canada. Despite getting more provinces over the years, these arms stood as the Dominion’s arms until replaced on 21 November 1921 with a new set of arms based on the arms of the Royal family which was more well known which evolved into what are the Canadian arms of today.

Note: Both $5 and $10 gold coins were struck during the period 1912 thru 1914 from gold mined in the Klondike and Ontario. Something like 300,000 pieces were never put into circulation due to WW1. Recently, say in the past 2 or 3 years 300,000 coins were removed from the government vaults and 30,000 pieces were put in the hands of the public and the remaining 270,000 coins melted down. Prior to the release $10 coins in un-circulated condition were selling around $3000.00 and now they can be bought for $900.00 or so… Considering that the $10 coin has almost 1/2 oz. of pure gold (.4838 ). the collector price is not outrageous. With the price of gold expected to rise in the next few years, its a handsome coin to own whilst waiting for gold to go up.

The artwork is a rendition of John Hamilton Gaylor.

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