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2003 Canada Transportation $20 Silver Ship Series - The HMCS Bras d'or

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The HMCS Bras d'or (FHE-400):An ingenious water-gliding warship

This year, the popular Land, Sea and Rail Collection returns with special-edition coins that put the spotlight on transportation innovations of the 20th century.

The cameos on these special-edition coins feature something different. They are now struck with an intricate sterling silver design. The rest of the coin's surface is treated to an ultra-precise technique called selective gold plating, and the result is absolutely breathtaking.

At the end of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy knew it had to update its warships if it hoped to succeed in anti-submarine warfare. Taking one of Alexander Graham Bell's clever inventions, researchers developed an innovative hydrofoil ship that could surf accross water at high speed to intercept any nuclear-powered submarine. A change in defence policy forced the Bras d'or into retirement without ever having entered military service.

Face Value: 20 dollars
Mintage: 31,997
Composition: .925 Silver, .075 Copper
Weight (g): 31.103
Diameter (mm): 38.0
Edge: Interrupted Serration
Finish: Proof

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