Lawren Stewart Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, on October 23, 1885. Born into a wealthy family, his family co-owned the important farm equipment company, Massey-Harris - Harris was able to devote his life to art. This freedom allowed him not only to become a leading landscape artist and key founder of the Group of Seven, but a major supporter of other important Canadian artists.
This coin is the 4th coin in the Group of Seven series and captures Harris's fascination with the interaction of past and present in the central images of Victorian buildings and horse-drawn delivery van.
In the coin's reproduction of Harris' Toronto Street, Winter Morning, several bundled figures walk in the snowy streets by a horse-drawn delivery van. The contrast of light and morning shadows underscores the strong visual tension captured in the dominance of horizontal and vertical lines of street, architecture, and small stand of trees that define the painting.
The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.
Denomination - Canadian twenty dollars
Composition - Silver Proof (0.999)
Weight - 31.39g
Diameter - 38mm
Worldwide Mintage Limit - 7,000
Mint - Royal Canadian Mint