10 Cents - Elizabeth II Caboto's Voyage

10 Cents - Elizabeth II (Caboto's Voyage) - obverse10 Cents - Elizabeth II (Caboto's Voyage) - reverse

© draiv


Issuer Canada
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1997
Value 10 Cents
0.10 CAD = USD 0.07
Currency Dollar (1858-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 2.4 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References Ch# RC-550,
Mark Drake (editor); 2022. A Charlton Standard Catalogue / Volume 1. Canadian Coins : Numismatic issues (75th edition). Charlton Press, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
And 1 more volumes.
KM# 299
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

The 500th Anniversary of Caboto's First Transatlantic Voyage


Head of Queen Elizabeth II, as at 64 years of age, wearing the royal diadem, necklace, and earrings, facing right.

Script: Latin



Translation: Elizabeth II Queen by the grace of God

Engraver: Dora de Pedery-Hunt Read more on Wikipedia

Dora de Pédery-Hunt, CM OOnt was a Hungarian-Canadian sculptor who designed medals and coins. She was the first Canadian citizen to design an effigy for Queen Elizabeth II.


Caboto's Ship

Script: Latin

1497 1997

Engraver: Stan Witten

Designer: Donald H. Curley




Royal Canadian Mint of Ottawa, Canada (1908-date)


Second voyage (1497)
John Cabot organized a second attempt, setting sail from Bristol in May 1497 on a vessel named the Matthew. The fact that the name is the English version of John Cabot's wife's first name, Mattea, may be a happy coincidence. The names of the crew were not recorded, and all accounts of the voyage are second-hand - a remarkable lack of documentation, considering that British claims to North America would be based on this voyage.

This coin was also issued as part of a set that included a 45-cent stamp, and a 1,300 lire Italian stamp, in a multicolored Canada Post case.

The exact extent of Jean Cabot's explorations has long been a matter of debate among historians. The most reliable source on his voyage is a letter from a British merchant named Hugh Say. Written during the winter of 1497-1498, but discovered only in the mid-1950s in Spanish archives, this letter (written in Spanish) is addressed to a "great admiral" in Spain, who could be Christopher Columbus.

The approximate latitudes provided by Hugh Say suggest that John Cabot made landfall south of Labrador and on the northern tip of Newfoundland, then continued southeast along the coast to the Avalon Peninsula, from where he began his return voyage. John Cabot's crew is fearful, and it seems the men never venture further inland than the distance of a crossbow shot. They spot two figures running through the forest, possibly human or animal, and bring back a stringless "brasiline-painted" bow, which may have been decorated with red ochre by the Beothuk of Newfoundland or the Innu of Labrador. Jean Cabot also brings back a trap for a game of catch and a needle for making nets. He believes (wrongly) to see ploughed land, called in Say's letter tierras labradas, which could be the origin of the name Labrador. The merchant is also certain that the land where John Cabot landed is Brasil, a mythical island supposed to exist somewhere to the west of Ireland.

Others who have heard of John Cabot's voyages suggest that he saw two islands, a mistake possibly due to the depth of Trinity and Conception bays in Newfoundland, and that he touched down on the east coast of Asia. Some believe he reached another mythical island, the Isle of Seven Cities, which is said to have existed in the Atlantic.

It is also reported that John Cabot discovered a gigantic new fishery. In December 1497, the Milanese ambassador to England claims to have heard John Cabot declare that the ocean was "teeming with fish, which could be caught not only with nets, but also in baskets lowered with a stone". These were, of course, cod, whose abundance on the Grand Banks would later give rise to the Newfoundland fishing industry.Automatically translated

See also

Manage my collection

Please sign in or create an account to manage your collection.

Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1997  49 848 $ 10 (fr) Épreuve

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as an indication only; they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging. Numista does not buy or sell coins or banknotes.

Get this coin

A member of this site wants to exchange it: zdravko

Feedback: 5/55/55/55/55/5 (×138)
Country: Croatia
Languages : English Croatian
Numista Rarity index: 54 Search tips
This index is based on the data of Numista members collections. It ranges from 0 to 100, 0 meaning a very common coin or banknote and 100 meaning a rare coin or banknote among Numista members.

Bullion value: USD 1.65 Search tips
This value is given for information purpose only. It is based on a price of silver at 744 USD/kg. Numista does not buy or sell coins or metal.

Contribute to the catalog

Modify or add data on this page
Register a past auction sale
Register an example of this type
Duplicate this page
Share: Facebook X (Twitter)