The 1995 $100 gold coin marks the 275th anniversary of the official founding of Louisbourg in 1720. From its beginning in 1713, the new colony of Ile-Royal (Cape-Breton Island, Nova Scotia) quickly became an important town and seaport, as well as one of France's centres of trade and military strength in North America. Today, the reborn fortress is an historical and archaelological treasure, a unique legacy that evokes the diversity of a complex and fascinating epoch in Canadian history.
The design on the reverse, by Canadian artist Lewis Parker, portrays the Porte Dauphine, the main entrance to the 18th-century fortified town. The sentries at the drawbrdige, the military and religious figures, the visitors, and the harbour traffic indicate the many aspects of life that once filled the picturesque town of Louisbourg.
This coin contains 58.33% of fine gold and 41.67% of fine silver. It weighs 13.338 grams, of which 7.775 grams (1/4 Troy ounce) are fine gold, and its diameter of 27mm.
The certificate that accompanies this stunning 1995 Canadian $100 gold coin states that it is proof quality and is authorised by the Government of Canada. This coin has been struck by the Royal Canadian Mint and has a limited mintage of only 35,000 coins worldwide.
The coin is encapsulated and presented in the original Royal Canadian Mint brown case, complete with outer box.