Playing Card Money - Jack of Hearts

Canada 2008 - $15 - Playing Card Money - Jack of Hearts - 31.56g LIMITED Silver Coin

25.000 of these have been issued by Royal Canadian Mint!
This silver coin is dedicated to history and currency.

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Country Canada
Year 2008
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 15
Metal Silver - Gilded
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 31,56g
Dimensions 49,8 x 28,6 mm
Edge Flat
Mintage 25000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $92.43
Coin Story

The $15 Jack of Hearts coin is the first issue in the fascinating “Playing Card Money series". The name G DE PARIS that appears across the bottom is likely the name of the original artist, while the name LAHIRE is believed to reflect the 15th-century custom of naming each jack after a famous figure, in this case one of Charles VII's generals. The inscription on the back of the card suggests the Jack of Hearts was valued at fifty livres. In 17th-century New France, everything was in short supply - including coins. In a desperate move to keep his colony working, the governor issued playing cards bearing a written promise to pay what was owed when the next shipment of coins arrived from France. In 1729, authorities began using plain card stock, which circulated like modern bank notes, until New France fell to the British in 1759 - some 75 years after this unique form of money first appeared in 1685.Unique rectangular coin shape echoes the form and design of 18th-century playing cards. Superb engraving, combined with colour and selective gold plating on the edge of the coin.

Reverse Design

The reveres features a classic Jack of Hearts playing card. Parts of the character are coloured, the rest is finely engraved into the background. The edges of the coin are gold-plated.

Obverse Design

The obverse of the coin features the an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which is outlines by finely engraved ornaments.


The Playing Card Money - Jack of Hearts Silver coin comes in a presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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