Sir John A. Macdonald Coin – Royal Canadian Mint

Sir John A. Macdonald coin (image by the Royal Canadian Mint)

Sir John A. Macdonald coin (image by the Royal Canadian Mint)

I am excited to once again share a coin I illustrated for the Royal Canadian Mint. This coin celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John Alexander Macdonald.

The coin is 34 mm, 1/2 oz silver and gold plated figure of Sir John A. The mintage is 10,000. It’s extremely exciting to see my illustrations reproduced in coin form, engraved in fine silver or gold.

I took a tour of the Mint last weekend and one of the coins they passed around as an example of different finishes and technology was this one.  It was pretty funny to be in the crowd of visitors and have my own coin handed to me during the tour.

Here are a few more images of the coin, and an animated GIF at the bottom showing the original drawing to the finished coin.


Close-up of the coin. The dust and small scratches are on the plastic protective case, not the coin itself, thankfully!


The reflections on the silver background create a nice contrast with the gold figure of Sir John A.