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This three coin collection includes the full set of $20 fine silver coins featuring famous ships lost in Canadian waters. The newest coin features the Edmund Fitzgerald, while the first and second coins in the series feature the Empress of Ireland and the Franklin Expedition Erebus. Mintage is limited to just 7,000 for each coin. The Empress of Ireland coin sold out very quickly from the Mint and can be difficult to find in the secondary market today. Each coin weighs just over one ounce of pure silver. As a pure silver coins struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this collection is HST/GST exempt.
R.M.S. Empress of Ireland
The unique full colour design created by artist John Horton captures a terrifying moment in time on the morning of May 29, 1914. The shadowy image of the Norwegian collier Storstad is seen emerging from the fog at the far right of the coin, its sharp bow in line to make contact with the Empress's starboard side. The collision is imminent and unpreventable. The passenger ship's stern and funnels are partially unobstructed by the fog, providing a final glimpse of the liner before tragedy would send it to its final resting place on the bottom of the St. Lawrence River. The top and bottom of the coloured portion of the coin feature the north and south shores of the St. Lawrence where the ship went down.
The edge lettering on this commemorative coin displays the ship's name, as well as a bell: one of the recovered artifacts from the wreck. The coin is engraved with the word "Canada", the date "2014 and face value "20 Dollars". The coin weighs just over one ounce of pure silver.
The unique design created by artist John Horton is a depiction of the Franklin's expedition's H.M.S Erebus in the foreground, with H.M.S. Terror to starboard. The 3-masted wooden vessels are seen travelling at a reduced speed under shortened canvas. It situates the ships off of the northwest coast of King William Island, providing geographical context for their location when first deserted in 1848.
The edge lettering on this commemorative coin bears the names "H.M.S. Terror" and "H.M.S. Erebus". The coin is engraved with the word "Canada", and the date "2015".
S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
The reverse design by Canadian artist John Horton uses colour over detailed engraving to recreate the marine conditions of that fateful evening in 1975 as the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald struggles in its quest to beat the fearsome winter storm on Lake Superior. Waves can be seen crashing against the Fitzgerald's red and white bow and sweeping across the deck of the cargo-laden freighter. Framing this dramatic scene is the engraved outline of the Canadian shoreline of southeastern Lake Superior.
The edge lettering on this commemorative coin displays the words "S.S. EDMUND FITZGERALD" and an outline of the ship's anchor. The coin is engraved with the word "Canada", and the date "2015".
• Complete Set of Three $20 Fine Silver Coins "Lost Ships in Canadian Waters" — R.M.S Empress of Ireland / Franklin Expedition H.M.S Erebus / S.S Edmund Fitzgerald