To celebrate the new millennium, Canada created a two year circulating commemorative program that would be conducted in two parts one in 1999 and one in 2000. Each program released 12 quarters per year 1 per month and each featured a unique design. 1999 features designs representative of Canada's past. In an open design contest called “Create a Centsation” over 33,000 designs were submitted for consideration. 2000 features designs representative of Canada's dreams for a new millennium. A second design contest was held and over 66,000 designs were submitted for consideration. The Royal Canadian Mint also a released a collector version of each of the Millennium Quarter Coin Series composed of sterling silver with proof frosted finish. January: A Country Unfolds Millennium Quarter shows the evolution of Canada through four scenes, which form the number 1999: a totem, an indigenous wearing a feather hat, a settler and RCMP officer. February: Etched In Stone Millennium Quarter features native petroglyphs that capture the historical heritage and spirituality of Canada. March: The Log Drive Millennium Quarter features historical reference of Canadian raftsmen and the significant contribution they made to the growth and prosperity of Canada. April: Our Northern Heritage Millennium Quarter features an Inuit engraving of on owl wisdom and a bear power and benefaction. May: The Voyageurs Millennium Quarter features homage to the explorers & pioneers that mapped the new lands and created the fur trade. June: From Coast to Coast Millennium Quarter features the historic Pacific Railway that connects Canada from coast to coast. July: A Nation of People Millennium Quarter features one continuous line depicting six people representing law & order, learning, teaching, the arts, nature, and sports. August: The Pioneer Spirit Millennium Quarter features pioneers who came to Canada from other countries to enjoy prosperity and new beginnings. September: Canada Through a Child's Eye Millennium Quarter features three children holding hands representing a united nation.
October: A Tribute to First Nations Millennium Quarter features symbolic representation of Canada's first inhabitants. The eagle, bear and killer whale represent the air, land, and sea. November: The Airplane Opens The North Millennium Quarter features a tribute to the bush plane and its contribution to opening access to northern Canada. December: This is Canada Millennium Quarter features 13 gear teeth on a wheel representing the 13 provinces. Symbol celebrates Canada's rich variety wheat fields, forests, mountains, native dwellings, and cities. This Millennium Quarter Series 12 coin Sterling Silver Proof Set includes all 12 encapsulated coins released in 1999 in a oval-shaped gold clamshell box and includes Certificates of Authenticity for each coin. This item also includes the Millennium storage box.
The 1987 Canadian Silver Dollar marks the 400th anniversary of John Davis' historic exploration of Baffin Island, the Davis Strait and the Gulf of Cumberland. The coin design is the work of Christopher Gorey of Nova Scotia and depicts a vessel of the 16th century with an iceberg in the background and inscription - Detroit de Davis Strait, 1587 - 1987.
The 1986 Canadian Silver Dollar marks the 100th anniversary of the Transcontinental railroad and the centenary of the city of Vancouver, BC. The coins reverse depicts engine no. 371 and the first transcontinental passenger train with the city of Vancouver in the background. The design is the work of Canadian artist Elliot John Morrison. Struck in brilliant uncirculated quality.