50 dollars - 175th Anniversary of Franklin's Lost Expedition
t was the Arctic voyage that launched a 170-year search. Sir John Franklin's lost expedition is one of history's greatest mysteries and, until recently, it seemed fated to remain unsolved. But by combining technology with Inuit traditional knowledge (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit), archaeologists recently discovered two key pieces of the story that may yield more answers: Franklin's lost ships, including the one shown on this coin. A stunning coin that makes an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys the history of Franklin's Lost Expedition. Designed by Royal Canadian Mint engraver Matt Bowen, the reverse features an artist's rendition of the doomed Franklin expedition (1845-1848). The coin's corrugated edge resembles jagged ice, which has HMS Terror firmly in its grasp on the reverse. In a desperate attempt to survive, the surviving crew and officers are seen abandoning the ship, with one group in the distance hauling a lifeboat towards King William Island. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.