Dollar Report of 1935

The following letter seeks the issue of a proclamation under section 20 of the Currency Act determining design of a silver dollar to he struck in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty the King.

Ottawa, 5th April, 1935.




The undersigned has the honour to report that in his opinion it is fitting that the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of His Gracious Majesty King George the Fifth to be commemorated by the striking of a Canadian silver dollar.  

The undersigned further reports that section four of the Currency Act, chapter forty of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1927, and the schedule thereto, provide for the coining, among other coins, of a silver dollar eight-tenths fine silver two-tenths alloy or millesimal fineness 800, of the standard weight of three hundred and sixty grains with a remedy allowance as to weight per piece of 1.50 grains and of millesimal fineness of 6.

 The undersigned, therefore, recommends that under and by virtue of section twenty of the Currency Act a proclamation of Your Excellency do issue authorizing the issue of a one dollar silver coin of the following design:

 For the Obverse Impression — The crowned effigy of His Majesty King George the Fifth, consisting of head and bust, wearing the Robe of State with the Collar of the Garter and looking to the left, with inscription "GEORGIUS V REX IMPERATOR ANNO REGNI XXV";

 For the Reverse Impression — A Canoe manned by an Indian and a Voyageur, an islet in the background; above, the word "CANADA" with the Northern Lights; below, the word "DOLLAR" and the date of the year; a graining upon the edge.

 The undersigned further recommends that any proclamation that may issue founded on this recommendation shall become effective on May 1, 1935.  

Respectfully submitted,



(This Report was the official beginning of the Canadian silver dollars and was signed by the Honourable C. A. Dunning, the Minister of Finance.)


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