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Reverse of 2004 Canada 1604 First French Settlement Dollar
Reverse of 2004 Canada 1604 First French Settlement Dollar

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2004 Canada 1604 First French Settlement Dollar Package
2004 Canada 1604 First French Settlement Dollar Package

Obverse of 2004 Canada Silver Dollar
Obverse of 2004 Canada Silver Dollar

1604 - 2004 Canada First French Settlement Silver Dollars
In June 1604, Samuel de Champlain and Pierre du Gua (Dugua), Sieur de Monts were exploring the Atlantic coast in order to establish the first settlement that would solidify France's rights to this region of the New World. Sailing into a bay in New Brunswick, they discovered an island at the cross-shaped confluence of three rivers- a perfectly strategic site which Sieur de Monts promptly named ÎIe Sainte-Croix.
By late September, the settlement was built - just in time for the snow that began to fall a few days later. The river quickly filled with ice floes, cutting the colony off from the mainland. Surrounded by salt water, the men were forced to spend the winter with very little food or firewood for heat. When spring warmed, only 44 of the original 79 men were alive. The settlement was relocated, but the historic impact of this small island would endure for centuries to come.

The reverse design shows a seventeenth century sailing ship, a galleon with sails billowing, and Champlain's original drawing of the island settlement. It was designed by Canadian artist Robert-Ralph Carmichael, who initials RRC appear to the left of the ship.
The obverse is the now familiar portrait of the Queen by Susanna Blunt, whose SB initials appear at the left just above the truncation.
The dollar, which is struck in fine silver, is supplied in a capsule, housed in its original card box, and accompanied by an informative combined leaflet and certificate.


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