2008 $15 .925 Silver Coin in Ultra High Relief: Vignettes of Royalty - George V
The art form once reserved for wealthy aristocrats can now
be enjoyed with this remarkable coin series featuring the
effigies of five monarchs that have appeared on Canada's
circulation coins. Each effigy is struck in ultra high relief
reminiscent of ancient medallic art.
Canada did not always produce its coins domestically. Until
the Royal Canadian Mint opened in 1908, Canadian coins
were imported from overseas. Even then, the designs and
tools remained the domain of the Royal Mint in London
while the Canadian facility operated as its Ottawa branch.
This began to change in 1930 when the Mint became a
wholly owned Canadian institution.
2008 $15 Coin—King George V
The third coin in the series features George V. He granted
Canada its own coat of arms (1921) and declared red &
white the official colours of Canada. He was the only
King-Emperor to visit India and also initiated the
monarchy's annual Christmas Broadcasts. This crowned
portrait of King George V appeared on Canada's 1-, 5-, 10-,
25- and 50-cent coins from 1911 to 1936 as well as the onedollar
coin of 1936.
Face Value: 15 dollars
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 30
Diameter (mm): 36.15
Finish: Frosted relief on a proof-like field
Artist: Original effigy artwork by
Sir E.B. MacKennal