DESIGN IN CANADIAN COINS
One Cent:- "For this I wished to use a very common bird, but one with symbolic overtones. I selected the dove (rock dove) -very common, in cities as well as in the country, as the pigeon, and having associations with spiritual values and also with peace." - Alex Colville.
In 1964 the Minister of Finance, Walter L. Gordon, announced that a competition open to artists, sculptors and designers residing in Canada or to Canadians living abroad would be held for the submission of coinage designs. A $2,500.00 First Prize was offered for the winning designs in each of the six coinage denominations (One Cent, Five Cents, Ten Cents, Twenty-Five Cents, Fifty Cents and Silver Dollar). These coins will be issued in 1967 to commemorate the One Hundredth Anniversary of Confederation.
The competition will be closed on March 31, 1965.
A Panel of Judges was appointed to choose the six winning designs. This panel, under the chairmanship of Mr. N. A. Parker, Master of the Royal Canadian Mint, is composed of the following members: Mr. R. B. Bryce, Deputy Minister of Finance; Dr. Charles Comfort, Director, National Gallery of Canada; Dr. W. K. Lamb, Dominion Archivist; Miss Eleanor Milne, Sculptor, Ottawa; Mr. Marius Plamondon, Sculptor, Quebec City; Mr. L. Rasminsky Governor of the Bank of Canada; Mr. Douglas Ferguson, numismatist, Rock Island, Quebec; Mr. Alan Fleming, Toronto; Mr. Clair Stewart, Toronto; and Mr. Julien Herbert, Montreal all prominent designers and graphic artists.
The decision of the panel was announced in the mint report of 1966. They selected the designs of Mr. Alex Colville of Sackville, New Brunswick for all of the reverses of the 1967 Centennial coinage.
Five Cent:- "The rabbit (varying hare) is common, much loved by children, perhaps because of it vulnerability. It survives by alertness and speed, and is symbolically connected to the ideas of fertility, new life and promise-it is a future, or united, animal." -Alex Colville
Ten Cents:- "Being the smallest coin, this requires a simple and unambiguous image. I used the mackerel, one of the most beautiful and streamlined fish, common on both coasts. The fish has ancient religious implications; I think of it as symbol of continuity." -Alex Colville
Twenty-five Cent:- "The wildcat (bobcat) seemed appropriate for this coin, which is large enough for the subtle shape of this common, though rarely seen, animal. It is expressive of a certain intelligent independence and a capacity for formidable action." -Alex Colville
Fifty Cent:- "The wolf, unfortunately no longer common, is here symbolic of the vastness and loneliness of Canada, and thus of our tradition and to a degree, of our present condition. Yet the wolf is not a pathetic creature." -Alex Colville
One Dollar:- "The Canada goose seems appropriate for the dollar since it is one of our most majestic creatures and is particularly Canadian. There are other associations with traveling over great spaces, and a kind of serene dynamic quality in this bird." -Alex Colville
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