2001 Canadian $350 Proof Coin
The World's Purest Gold Coins
In 1998, Canada introduced a new gold coin with a face value of $350. It is produced in gold which is 99.999% pure making it the world's purest gold coin. Previously, the purest gold coins were produced in 99.99% pure gold, which although of very high purity, is not as high as 99.999%. Although we at Chard's think this a somewhat of a gimmick, there are those who appreciate fine things, including fine gold.
Fineness of Gold
The fineness of gold for jewellery is traditionally measured in carats, but in recent years, it has also been measured as a decimal fraction of 1, 1 representing absolutely pure. It is in practice almost impossible to produce most substances with absolute purity. Historically gold bars used to be, and still are, acceptable at .995 pure (99.5%), and also .999 (99.9%), although now that most gold is refined electrolytically, it is common to find gold refined to .9999 (99.99%). This allows only 1 part in 10,000 of impurity, a very high standard indeed. It is unusual to find gold refined to a purity greater than .9999, but the Royal Canadian Mint obviously decided that this extra refinement would create extra interest in their coins. We should add that extremely pure materials can also be valuable in scientific or industrial situations, in which case it would probably cost much more to buy than our sellng price for these coins.
Each year the design on these coins changes, for 2001, it features the Mayflower or Epigaea Repens:-
April Showers Bring Mayflowers
As winter begins to retreat from Nova Scotia's forests, a chain of delicate pink flowers eagerly claims the first open spaces of spring. This is the Mayflower (Epigaea Repens) - a promise of warmth in the lingering cold, hope in the face of nature's adversity. So profound was this flower's springtime appearance that Nova Scotia's early residents quickly adopted it as a celebrated patriotic symbol. The Mayflower was praised by songwriters and poets. It was showcased on the province's early stamps and coins, as well as the decorative brass of its militia, and was officially declared the Provincial Flower of Nova Scotia in 1901. The obverse bears the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by artist Dora de Pédery-Hunt.
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One of our UK "competitors" charges £950 each for these coins. We think this is very expensive, but occasionally we can offer "secondhand" specimens at considerable savings as usual. This same competitor informs us that the issue limit for 2001 is 2,000 pieces, whereas the correct figure is actually 2,001 pieces, only a small discrepancy, but demonstrating their usual standard of accuracy and attention to detail nevertheless.
Key to Table
Denomination = Face Value in Canadian Dollars
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Gold Content = Gold content in Troy Ounces.
Prices & Availability
Notes on Table
Date||Description||Mintage||Availability||Price £||Price US$
Ask = If availability is shown as "Ask", this indicates that we had none in stock at the last update of this page. We may be able to obtain one or place your name on a waiting list.
For those interested in further descriptions of the above coins, we have given each date its own page:-
1998 Four Flowers
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Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10, Insured Shipping $20
Canada Airmail $15, Insured Shipping via Fedex $60
Mayflower on Reverse of 2001 Canadian 350 Dollars
Canadian 350 Dollars in Presentation Case
Obverse of Canadian $350 Gold Proof Coins
2001 is Similar