Sealed in Assay Card packaging
Klondike Gold Rush Series
The Royal Canadian Mint's Klondike Gold Rush Series began in 2021, the 125th Anniversary. As the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) went on, continued prospecting and the influx of stampeders bound for the boomtown of Dawson City fuelled a demand for transportation. Most made the treacherous journey by foot and boat, but in 1898, work began on a narrow-gauge railroad that would serve as a vital link to the coast and to the rest of the world.
Completed in 1900, the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) Railway was a marvel of engineering that spanned 175 kilometres, from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon. It took a total workforce of 35,000 men to overcome some of the most challenging terrain and complete “The Scenic Railway of the World,” the steepest pitched railway in Canada.
As a freight, ore and passenger carrier, WP&YR drastically shortened the journey in and out of the Yukon's interior and facilitated the flow of goods. Freight could be offloaded in Whitehorse then ferried down the Yukon River to Dawson City, while gold could be loaded onto barges and sent upriver to Whitehorse, where it was loaded onto WP&YR trains bound for the coast. The Klondike Passage for Gold coin has a very high purity level at .99999 Fine.
The reverse of this coin features the artwork of accomplished coin designer Steve Hepburn. The reverse combines two scenes: a depiction of a comparable locomotive that White Pass and Yukon Route Railway used to bring passengers and supplies into the Yukon in the early 1900s; and a view of prospectors using sluice boxes to recover placer gold. The coin bears the signature radial lines of all Mint bullion coins, as well as a micro-engraved maple leaf mark showing the number 23 to correspond to its year of issue. Surrounding the reverse design are the inscriptions CANADA, 2023, 99999, FINE GOLD, 1 OZ, OR PUR and the initials SH for the designer.
The obverse design shows the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It was originally designed by Susan Blunt. Obverse inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA, 1952 - 2022 and 200 DOLLARS.
Sealed Assay Card Packaging
The Royal Canadian Mint introduced a credit card sized packaging option that is both compact and secure. Each Klondike Gold bullion coin is fully sealed in a transparent high-barrier film, providing it with a tamper and puncture-proof safeguard against scratching, marring or wear. The credit card-sized format allows for easy handling and storing. The back of the card includes the official Royal Canadian Mint assay certificate signed by the Chief Assayer, certifying the authenticity and the purity of the bullion coin's content.
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|Steve Hepburn (reverse), Susan Blunt (obverse)
|Sealed Assay Card