1988 - Elizabeth II - Saint-Maurice Ironworks
250th anniversary of the first industrial refinery in Canada
A Royal proclamation specifies the design of the 1988 $1 silver coin and the $1 bronze-plated nickel coin. The silver dollar commemorates the 250th anniversary of the first industrial refinery in Canada, the Saint-Maurice Ironworks. The nickel dollar continues the loon design. [455.1081]
Commemorative Silver Dollar
Theme Saint-Maurice Ironworks
Artist R.R. Carmichael
Mintage (Proof) 259,230
Issue Price (Proof) $20.00
Mintage (BU) 106,702
Issue Price (BU) $15.00
Canada 1 dollar 1988 "Saint-Maurice Ironworks"
Catawiki number: 3974647
Face value: 1 dollar
Period: Canada - Confederation (1867-present)
Head of State: Elizabeth II (1952-present)Icon-information
Designer: Machin, Arnold, Robert-Ralph Carmichael
Theme: Saint-Maurice Ironworks, Smeden
Composition: Silver (Ag)
Gold- or silver content: 500
Punch: Medal alignment
Krause and Mishler Number: KM# 161
1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Saint-Maurice Ironworks
Non circulating issue
Value 1 Dollar
Metal Silver (.5000)
Weight 23.3276 g
Diameter 36.07 mm
Thickness 2.95 mm
Engravers Arnold Machin (obverse)
Robert-Ralph Carmichael (reverse)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
More about Saint-Maurice Ironworks
Forges du Saint-Maurice ("St. Maurice Ironworks"), just outside of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is a National Historic Site of Canada, and birthplace of the country's iron industry.
Forges du Saint-Maurice was created on 25 March 1730, the second company (after the failure of the first) granted a monopoly to employ the iron ore deposits at Trois-Rivières.
The forge started working in 1738 and remained in virtually continuous operation until closing. It employed about 100 craftsmen (most originally from Burgundy) and 300-400 labourers in production of forged and molded iron products, including pots, pans, and stoves. Director F. E. Cugnet went bankrupt in 1742, leading to a state takeover and handover to Britain after the Treaty of Paris.
In 1747, the company experimented unsuccessfully with cannon making and steel production.
From 1738 into the mid-1830s, the Forges were "the most technologically advanced ironworks in America", but had become the oldest operating blast furnace in North America, and far out of date, by the time it shut down for good in March 1883.
In 1973, Forges du Saint-Maurice became a national historic park. Archaeological research there continues.