Town of Virginiatown

Gold Coin

Gold Coin - Gerald KornelsenGold Coin Thumb
Built by: Students in Julio Viskovich's
Welder-Fitters Class (Northland's College)

When Built: July 21, 1989

Dimensions:
Height: 10 Feet (3 Metres)
Weight: 2.5 tons

Construction Materials:
Steel (2.5 kilometers of welding rods)

Location:

Reason for Building:

Represents the first gold coin minted in Canada. The real Gold coin actually contained gold metal produced by the Dr. Reddick Larder Lake Mines Limited, produced from their 20-stamp mill and it actually represents the first five dollar gold piece minted in Canada.

Additional Information:

It is a 1908 Sovereign Coin.

Coin features the Bendetto Pistucci rendition of St. George and the Dragon on the reverse and Edward VII on the obverse

Virginiatown also features a Miner monument:
Miner

Information Sources: Fouriner, Jeff "Canada's First Gold Coin Honoured In Small Town", Canada Coin News Vol30 No4 June 23, 1992 and http://www.nt.net/Virginiatown_Kearns/Heritage_House_and_Tourist_Center.html

Pictures Sources: Gerald Kornelsen and http://www.nt.net/Virginiatown_Kearns/Heritage_House_and_Tourist_Center.html

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Created By DMY on August 6, 1999
Last Updated: August 22, 2001