2018 Borealia A Modern allegory  1oz fine silver gold plated coin


BOREALIA – A MODERN ALLEGORY – 2018 $20 1 oz Fine Silver Gold Plated Coin – Royal Canadian Mint


She is bold, youthful, powerful yet peaceful — she is Borealia, who radiates strength and confidence on the reverse of this gold-plated, 99.99% pure silver coin. The symbolic figurehead is a modern take on a classic allegory, one that represents the collective spirit of Canadians in today’s world: hopeful and steady in our resolve, as we rise to meet the challenges that lie ahead.



  • A NATION PERSONIFIED. A bold, modern take on a traditional allegory that bridges Canada’s past and present while looking towards the future.
  • MISS CANADA HAS COME OF AGE. Echoing the figurehead from our 2017 Proof Dollar, Borealia is a visual representation of Canadian ideals and values, and reflects how a nation perceives itself today.
  • Borealia basks in the rich gleam of gold plating, which covers the 99.99% pure silver coin’s entire surface and gives it the appearance of a gold coin!
  • ART THAT TELLS A STORY. Every engraved element imbues this design with symbolic meaning.
  • A SOON-TO-BE CLASSIC. The similarly themed 2017 Proof Dollar proved to be a hit with collectors and sold out quickly! Given its traditional look and high visual appeal, this collectible is likely to strike a chord with collectors too—especially those seeking a powerful, inspiring design that reflects a nation’s hope in 2018 for a bright, global future.



Building on the classic concept of a female national personification, artist Rebecca Yanovskaya offers a modern allegory for a modern Canada. Framed by waves and maple leaves that unite land and sea, Borealia is the image of strength and confidence as she stands against the majestic backdrop of Canada’s tallest peak, Mount Logan, which represents our soaring spirit of innovation. Like the British figurehead Britannia, Borealia is clad in traditional robes, but with unique armour that hints at Canada’s journey since the colonial era. Every engraved element in this intricate design carries deeper symbolic meaning, including those that allude to the weight of history: the fur cape that represents Canada’s pre-Confederation past; the feather that pays tribute to Indigenous Peoples; and the poppies of remembrance woven into her hair. In one hand, Borealia holds the shield of the Arms of Canada; in the other, a dove of peace — a nod to Canada’s historic role as peacekeepers, but also to Canadians’ desire for peace. Facing forward towards the future, Borealia is strong, optimistic and steadfast, like the people she represents, whose ideals and spirit continue to shape and re-define the nation’s global future. With one foot reverentially set in the past, her name is an ode to one of the proposed names of our country leading up to Confederation: Borealia. The reverse includes the engraved year “2018”, the word “CANADA” and the face value “20 DOLLARS” engraved on a scroll banner. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.




Mintage: 5000
Material: 99.99% fine silver with gold plating
Finish: Proof
Weight: 31.39g
Diameter: 38mm
Edge: Serrated
Certificate: Serialized


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