Canada: 1939 Royal Visit Dollar


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1939
Composition: 80% Silver, 20% Copper 
Diameter Type: 36.00  mm
Weight: 23.33 grams ( 0.60 ounces of silver)
Total Series Mintage:
Obverse Design: Bust Design
Reverse Design: Building Design
Unique Features:  


For centuries Great Britain has had ties with the Americas from colonies to modern day governments. Surprisingly during this time, no ruling Monarch ever visited the Americas but all of that would change in 1939.

Officially titled as the “Royal Visit” His Majesty King George VI and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth toured Canada from coast to coast on a planned 6 week train ride. Wherever the Monarchs traveled, thousands of Canadian citizens would crowd together to get just a glimpse of the Royal Monarchs.

The visit was so important to Canada and its citizens the occasion was marked by issuing a special one year circulating commemorative silver dollar.


The obverse, designed by T.H. Paget, features the bust of monarch George VI of Great Britain facing left. Just below the bottom of the bust are the designers initials "HP". On the outer periphery are the latin words “GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP:”.

The reverse, designed by Emanuel Hahn, features the Canadian Parliament Building, located in Ottawa. Above the design on the outer periphery is the latin phrase "FIDE SVORVM REGNAT" or “He Reigns by the Faith of His People”. Below the design is the inscription "CANADA", year of issue, and the denomination “DOLLAR”.

Obverse Reverse


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