Canadian Gold 200 Dollars “S.S. Beaver” 2011 coin KM# 1074
Königin Elizabeth II Büste rechts. Beschriftung: ELIZABETH II D · G · REGINA SB
SS Beaver – Seam Segelschiff. Im Vordergrund zwei Arbeiter – einer stehend, der andere sitzend. Beschriftung: KANADA 2011 200 DOLLAR
Eine geringe Auflage von nur 2.800 Exemplaren trägt zur Sammelbarkeit dieser Ausgabe bei. Form: Rund
2011 22-KARAT GOLD COIN – S.S. BEAVER
2011 S.S. Beaver Gold Coin
The final coin in the Mint’s seven-year Historical Commerce 22-karat gold coin series celebrates the power of steam with a tribute to the sail-and-steam hybrid S.S. Beaver. Commissioned as a supply ship by the Hudson’s Bay Company, S.S. Beaver sailed from Blackwall, England to Fort Vancouver, near present-day Portland, Oregon, USA in 1835. 225 days after its maiden voyage, the Beaver was fitted with its steam-powered paddle wheels, heralding the arrival of the steam age on North America’s Pacific coast.
The Beaver was chartered by the Royal Navy to map the British Columbia coastline from 1862 to 1871 and ended its Hudson’s Bay Company service in 1874 when it was sold as a freighter and tow boat. It met its end 14 years later after foundering on rocky shoals at Prospect Point at the tip of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
While only pieces of the Beaver survive at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Mint has restored the ship to its full glory on the 2011 22-Karat gold coin. This proof-quality gold coin, featuring laser-etched enhancements to the S.S. Beaver design by artist John Mardon, is limited to a mintage of 2,800 and retails for $1,079.95 CDN.