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A Pair of Silver Medallions for the Canadian Confederation Centennial 1867 - 1967 by John Pinches
We illustrate a pair of silver medals or medallions.
1867 - 1967 large silver medallion by John Pinches, for the Centennial of the Confederation of Canada, one of a pair, both #6 of only 100 issued.
There are no engravers initials or signature on this medallion.
What we will assume to be the obverse of the first medal has four attractive young women, bearing respectively a scythe and a sheaf of cereal, the others respectively a paddle, spade and axe. It seems clear that these four beauties represent the four provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec (the Province of Canada), which were the four original members of the Confederation.
The reverse consists of a circular central section with the dates 1867 1967 one above the other superimposed on a maple leaf, with the word CONFEDERATION around it. Filling the outer annulus around this are twelve shields bearing the coats of arms or symbols of the provinces, colonies and territories. Clockwise from 10 o'clock, these are Quebec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, North West Territories, Alberta, New Brunswick, Manitoba, (Newfoundland and Labrador*), and British Columbia.
* We have shown Newfoundland and Labrador in parentheses because the actual shield is quartered with lions and possibly unicorns. These are not, as far as we know, associated with either Newfoundland or Labrador. It is possible that it represents an obsolete Newfoundland coat of arms, and the lower left "unicorn" may just be supposed to be a "lamb of God", in which case it may Symbolise St. John's. If any viewer can solve this mystery for us we would appreciate it.
Nunavut is not shown as it was not a relevant entity in 1967, only becoming a separate territory in 1999, until when it was part of North West Territories.
For once, we failed to get a good photo of this medallion, but not for the lack of effort. the obverse field is so polished, we just could not get the lighting right. Even the reverse is slightly overexposed to get most of the detail visible. Second of a pair of John Pinches medals issued in 1967 for the Canadian Centennial. This one may have been from or based on original 1867 dies by Wyon.
A superb portrait of Queen Victoria, in high relief, facing left, wearing a coronet and a headscarf, the legend reads:-
VICTORIA D.G. BRITT. REG. F.D.
Intriguingly, the obverse of this medallion is signed below the portrait
J.S. WYON SC.
The reverse shows a helmeted Britannia seated with shield, trident and lion, presenting a scroll on which is written "CONFEDERATION", to four young women, one holding a scythe and a sheaf of cereal, the others respectively a paddle, spade and axe. The legend reads:
JUVENTAS ET PATRIUS VIGOR
CANADA INSTAURATA 1867
The reverse is also signed J.S. & A.S. WYON SC 1967
The certificate accompanying them states that they are each number 6 of 100 pairs.
|Issue Limit||100 Pairs|
|Silver Content Each||7.08 troy ounces|
|Silver Content Total||14.16 troy ounces|
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