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Pure Gold Coin - 100th Anniversary of CN Rail - Mintage: 1,000 (2019)

Pure Gold Coin - 100th Anniversary of CN Rail - Mintage: 1,000 (2019)

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Ride the rails of Canadian history with this pure gold centennial tribute!

Its locomotives were the driving engines of development, while its tracks are the ribbons of steel that are woven into the fabric of a nation. Since its incorporation in 1919, the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has left its imprint on a modern Canada. The freight trains of today are the continuation of a storied railway tradition. And it began in the Age of Steam, when CN’s network connected Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and supported the communities in between. From transportation to telecommunications, CN’s 100-year history is synonymous with a century of progress in Canada. To commemorate CN’s centennial year, this 99.99% pure gold coin features a classic railway design on its reverse. The different locomotives are a tribute to a century of driving innovation, framed by the tracks that continue to be the backbone of our economy.

Special features:
  • A RAIL-THEMED CENTENNIAL! Celebrate 100 years of Canadian railway history during CN’s centennial year. This superbly crafted 99.99% pure gold coin traces CN’s journey since its incorporation in 1919, and highlights the railway’s role in shaping a modern Canada.
  • DESIGNED TO PLEASE! The finely engraved reverse features a powerful, train-themed design that has a classic look and feel to it.
  • A MODERN TWIST ON A CLASSIC FEATURE! Instead of denticles, the reverse is framed by train tracks—a nod to coins issued during the Age of Steam.
  • SUPERBLY CRAFTED! The precision-engraved reverse features an outstanding amount of fine details that will inspire pride and awe—for the history represented in this collector-friendly design, and for the locomotives that fascinate rail enthusiasts of all ages.
  • THREE FAMOUS LOCOMOTIVES! CN 2304, 6400, and 6060 represent 100 years of history, progress and evolution, from CN’s early fleet of steam cabs to the diesel-electric workhorses of the modern era.
  • MAPPING CN’S IMPACT! In the background, a stylized rail map illustrates CN’s impact across Canada and highlights its traditional role of keeping Canadians connected from coast to coast.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins!
  • LIMITED WORLDWIDE MINTAGE! Only 1,000 coins available worldwide!


Designed by Tony Bianco, your coin features a side-by-side view of three Canadian National Railway (CN) engines that have powered progress in Canada during the last 100 years. On the far right is No. 6060, one of the last Mountain steam locomotives delivered to CN. Next is Locomotive 6400, a class U-4-a Confederation steam locomotive that was used for the Royal Visit in 1939. In the foreground, CN 2304 is a GE ES44DC model that represents today’s efficient diesel freight locomotives. Instead of denticles, train tracks circle the rim and frame a stylized map that alludes to the railway’s impact across Canada. The reverse includes the face value “200 DOLLARS”, the commemorative dates “1919” and “2019”, and the word “CANADA”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

“My father worked at the CN rail yards in Toronto as a new immigrant to Canada in the 1950s. As I designed this coin, I thought about the influence that the CN rail system had on Canadians, connecting and uniting them across a large landscape. I wanted to portray the locomotive engines as the heroes of that story.”

Artist: Tony Bianco

From Steam to Diesel

Canadian National Railways was born of the nationalization and amalgamation of four railway networks: the Grand Trunk Pacific, the Intercolonial, the Canadian Northern Railway and the National Transcontinental Railway. Until the 1970s, its operations extended well beyond passenger and freight service. From telegraphs to steamships, radio and resorts, the former Crown Corporation kept Canadians connected over land, sea, and even air with the launch of the first national airline in 1937. CN gradually shifted its focus to freight services and the Company was privatized in 1995. The largest rail network in Canada, today CN’s trains transport more than $280 billion worth of goods annually across tracks that span a continent, from east to west and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Did you know…
  • Locomotive 6400
    Built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1936, CN 6040 belongs to the class U-4-a Confederation steam locomotives that were used for passenger service until the mid-20th century. It famously carried King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during the Royal Visit in 1939, and it was a feature attraction at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. No. 6400 is currently on display at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, Ont.
  • Locomotive 6060
    Built in 1944, No. 6060 was the first “Bullet Nose Betty” (U-1-f class) locomotive assembled by Montreal Locomotive Works. It was among the last of the 4-8-2 Mountain type locomotives that had been the backbone of CN’s fleet since 1923. The late-era steam locomotive was primarily assigned to Canada-wide passenger runs and pulled the Royal Coach in 1951. Retired in 1959, CN 6060 was restored then gifted to the people of Alberta, and it travelled to Vancouver to take part in Expo 86.
  • Locomotive 2304
    CN 2304 represents the highly efficient, technologically advanced freight locomotives of today. The DC-traction counterpart to the popular ES44AC, the six-axle ES44DC is rated at 4,400 hp. It is one of the Evolution Series (GEVO) of diesel locomotives that were first introduced in 2003 to meet modern emissions standards.


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

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  • No.171146
  • Mintage1,000
  • Composition99.99% pure gold
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 15.43
  • Diameter (mm) 29
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value200 dollars
  • ArtistTony Bianco (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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