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Canadian $350 Proofs

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 selling price for these coins.

Half Price - Save £475 Per Coin!
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.

DenominationDiameterWeightAlloyGold Content
350 Dollars3438.0500.999991.2233

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.

Changing Designs
The designs celebrate Canada's provincial flowers. Each year the design on these coins changes, so we list the design theme in the following specification table:-

Half Price Bargains
The "official UK distributor" mentioned above sells these coins new at £950, but does allow you to pay in 10 "easy" payments of £95 each. We think our pricing structure is far kinder to our customers, at exactly half the original price, and what's more we let you pay in one easy instalment of only £475!

Prices & Availability
DateDescriptionRepresentingMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price US$
19984 FlowersCanadian Coat of Arms & Founding Nations1,998Ask£495$950
1999Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium Acaule)Prince Edward Island1,999Ask£475$899
2000Pacific Dogwood (Cornus Nuttallii)British Columbia2,000Ask£475$899
2001Mayflower (Epigaea Repens)Nova Scotia2,001Ask£475$899
2002Wild RoseAlberta2,002Ask£475$899
2003White TrilliumOntario2,003Wanted£$
2005Western Red LilySaskatchewan2,005Ask£$
2006Blue Flag (Iris Versicolour (Versicolor))Quebec2,006Wanted£$
2007Purple VioletNew Brunswick1,400?Wanted£$
Notes on Table
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.

Further Descriptions
For those interested in further descriptions of the above coins, we have given each date its own page:-

New! - 2007 99999 Gold Maples

Please check our Standard Terms for Bullion Coins.
You may wish to use our Order Form UK
Order Form USA.

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 $20

Obverse of 1999 Canadian $350 Gold Coin
Obverse of 1999 Canadian $350 Gold Coin


Lady's Slipper Orchid on Reverse of 1999 Canadian 350 Dollars
Lady's Slipper Orchid on Reverse of 1999 Canadian 350 Dollars

Canadian 350 Dollars in Presentation Case
Canadian 350 Dollars in Presentation Case


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