As with tradition and keeping with standard, the obverse side of the 2014 $300 Canadian Saskatchewan Coat of Arms Proof Coin is the 2003 portrait of the Queen right-facing , adorned with pearls and a slight smile. This lovely, portrait of the Queen was designed by artist Susanna Blunt, the famous Canadian artist who won the 2003 national portrait competition of the Queen, and this is the Queen’s fourth portrait since she was made Queen in 1952.
There have been five portraits in all, including her most recent 2015 portrait. This particular portrait image has been standard for all circulating coins from 2003 to 2015. The Royal Canadian Mint began releasing coins with her new portrait in late 2015, so there are some 2015 coins with this image as well.
On the reverse side sits the Saskatchewan’s coat of arms. The Saskatchewan’s coat of arms features the royal lion off to the left, Saskatchewan’s official animal—the white tailed deer off to the right, amidst a shield. Within the shield are three sheaves of golden wheat and above.
Above the shield is a gold helmet, a beaver holding the provincial flower of Saskatchewan—a red lily, and a royal crown just above the beaver. Beneath the lion and the deer is a ribbon reading “Multis e gentibus virus;” meaning, “from many peoples, strength. This inspirational ribbon is just above a patch of red lilies. The reverse side also features the $300 face value denomination and the year it was minted.
The Provincial Coat of Arms Series
There are 10 provinces and 3 territories within Canada. In 2001, the Royal Canadian Mint began to release a commemorative series of coins to celebrate each-and-every territory and province. This new and exciting coin series became known as the Provincial Coat of Arms Series. The series kicked off in 2008 with the release of the Alberta Provincial Coat of Arms coin and the Newfoundland and Labrador Coat of Arms. The remainder of the series included:
- 2009: Yukon Coat of Arms and Prince Edward Island Coat of Arms
- 2010: British Columbia Coat of Arms and New Brunswick Coat of Arms
- 2011: Nova Scotia Coat of Arms and Manitoba Coat of Arms
- 2012: Quebec Coat of Arms and Nunavut Coat of Arms
- 2013: Northwest Territories Coat of Arms and Ontario Coat of Arms
- 2014: Saskatchewan Coat of Arms and Canada Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms History
The Royal Coat of Arms of Canada, or the “Arms of Canada,” or more formally, the “Arms of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada,” has been the official coat of arms for the entire country since 1921. Following the confederation, the coat of arms has made many historical changes and amendments in design.
The latest rendition was set forth following a 2008 motion made by a Parliament member of the House of Commons to amend the Coat of Arms. The amendment was to include Canadian symbols representing the country’s first nations, inuit, and Métis peoples, indigenous people of North America.
Saskatchewan’s Coat of Arms History
The Saskatchewan’s Coat of Arms, also referred to as the “Arms of Her Majesty in Right of Saskatchewan was assigned to the province on August 25, 1906 by King Edward VII. The official Saskatchewan Coat of Arms uses the province’s official colors—green and gold. The Coat of Arms includes a gold lion, shield with three gold sheaves of wheat to represent the province’s agricultural symbol.
Additions to the Coat of Arms for Saskatchewan were made following a 1985 request for amendments. Additions include the gold helmet above the shield, left-facing to symbolize the province’s confederation status.
There is a beaver above the helmet holding red lily, the official flower of the province, and a crown above the beaver to represent royal sovereignty. There is a white tailed deer to the right. Both the lion and the deer are wearing First Nations bead-work collars. The lion wears a proud badge of the provincial maple leaf and red lily.
The lion and white deer represent “supporters” and they stand above a banner, which reads “Multis e gentibus vires.” Multis e gentibus vires stands for “from many peoples, strength.” Just beneath the banner and overflowing just a little above the banner sits a lovely patch of red lilies.