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This is a complete set of Proof-like quality Canadian coins that is 48 years old, presented in a high quality mahogany finish case. All 6 coin denominations issued in 1965 are included (Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Half Dollar and the Silver Dollar). Proof-like coins are the highest quality of coin produced for collectors by the Royal Canadian Mint in this year. By using specially prepared dies, additional striking pressure and slow moving coining presses, the Mint was able to produce virtually flawless coins with a mirror-like finish.
The coins in this 1965 set are some of the first coins to feature the new portrait of Queen Elizabeth. A young portrait of the Queen was used on all of the coins from the beginning of the Queen's reign in 1953 until 1964. 1965 is the first year to feature the new more mature effigy of the Queen.
One of the highlights of this collection is the 1965 Voyageur silver dollar. The design on the dollar coin is the same design as was on Canada's first dollar coin issued in 1935. It features an Indian and a voyageur (a travelling agent for a fur company), paddling a canoe past a small island with two wind swept trees. The vertical lines in the background represent the northern lights.
The half dollar is also a beautiful coin, featuring an intricate modified coat-of-arms design introduced in 1959. The fronts of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter are the familiar designs still used today, while the backs of all the coins bear the mature portrait of Queen Elizabeth II first introduced in 1965.
The silver dollar, half dollar, quarter and dime are all struck in .800 fine silver. Many silver coins were melted down for their bullion value from the late 1960s to the early 1980's when silver approached $50 per ounce, so the number of coins available for collectors today is significantly reduced.
• 1965 Silver Proof-Like Set, 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and Silver Dollar in Mahogany Finish Case