Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Coin – Royal Canadian Mint

I’m very excited to share my first ever coin for The Royal Canadian Mint.

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2 oz gold coin. Mintage of 300. Rare!

2 oz silver coin. Mintage of 5000.

2 oz silver coin. Mintage of 5000.

Original pencil drawing

Original pencil drawing

This collector coin celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Last Spike, the completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway that linked eastern Canada to the west.

I was asked to depict a 1914-era steam train traveling over the Grand Trunk Bridge in Saskatoon. It took a lot of research to find the correct era train and to find images of the bridge. Being my first coin, I wasn’t sure how much detail I could get away with for something that would be reproduced so small. The silver coin is 54 mm in diameter, and even that is pretty large for a coin. I decided to just draw the image with as much detail as I wanted and hope the engravers would find a way to make it work. They made it even better than I could have imagined, adding detail to the water and clouds, textures to the bridge and train and finding a way to reproduce even the smallest details.

This is the type of dream job that is such a dream that it doesn’t even make the list of dream jobs, it seems so unattainable. I never thought I’d have my artwork on a coin and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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