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1911 Sterling Silver Dollar
The 1911 Canadian silver dollar is the most valuable Canadian coin known. It also represents one of the greatest mysteries in the numismatic world. Only three examples exist, two sterling silver trial strikes and one lead strike.
The new coin was designed in 1910 in honor of King George V, a new coining press had been purchased, the Royal Mint in London, England, had produced the dies and at least two trial strikes were sent to Canada for approval. The govermment of the day then decided, "... it is not the intention of the govermment to give an order for this class of coin."
Of the three known examples, only one is in private hands, which in 1988 sold for over one million dollars. Another is on display at the Currency Museum, Bank of Canada, in Ottawa, as is the lead strike which, amazingly, didn't reappear until 1977 when it was found in a govermment vault. No existing records tell us how many trial strikes were made... could there be more?