In 1910, the Liberal government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier decided that it was time for Canada to issue a silver dollar. Designs were developed and a special press was purchased, as well as cases for the new coin. In the 1911 elections, Robert Borden defeated the Liberal party and became the country’s prime minister. The new government decided to cancel the minting of the silver dollar. Consequently, only two silver one-dollar coins were produced, one of which is in the custody of the National Currency Collection, on indefinite loan from the Royal Mint Museum located in Llantrisant, Wales, United Kingdom.
Come and see this near-unique coin, and much more, at the Currency Museum!
By: Louise-Anne Laroche
Visitor Services Coordinator