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This $100 coin marks the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913. It has been double struck in 14 karat gold with a frosted cameo proof finish, the highest quality strike produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin weighs 12 grams and comes encapsulated and cased with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Royal Canadian Mint first introduced $100 gold coins in 1976, and has been producing one coin in each year since this time. Each of these coins marks a moment in the history of Canada with superb art in highest quality strike possible from the Royal Canadian Mint. The 2013 coin is likely to be one of the most sought after and difficult to find coins in the series based both on its beautiful and historically interesting design and on its rarity.
In 1913, an international crew of scientists, sailors, guides and crewmen-called the Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE)-set sail on a remarkable voyage of discovery in Canada's High Arctic. During the five years that followed, their work would touch unprecedented facets of Canada's far-flung northern reaches, including: previously unknown lands and islands, as well as thousands of photographs, artifacts and specimens that offered Canadians a glimpse of life in the Arctic.
This coin 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.
Limited to just 2,500 coins Over the past few years, the Royal Canadian Mint has significantly reduced the mintages of many of its coins, leading to regular sell outs and many coins rapidly appreciating in the secondary market. Through the 1970s and 1980s, mintages of $100 gold coins averaged well over 100,000 per year, and even hit a record production of 1 million pieces in 1976. With a limited mintage of only 2,500 pieces, this coin is destined to be an elusive date needed by every collector trying to complete the series.
• Mintage: 2,500
• 2013 $100 Proof Gold Coin, Canadian Arctic Expedition