CHARLOTTETOWN – The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a gold coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences, events that helped lay the foundation for Confederation.

The coin features the fleur-de-lis, the English rose, the Irish shamrock and the Scottish thistle — the four major European settler groups represented in the provinces at the time.

It was designed by mint engraver Matthew Bowen, has a face value of 50 cents and will have a mintage of 7,500.

It sells for $129.95.

Held in 1864, the conferences in Charlottetown and Quebec City were attended by the political leaders of British North America who agreed to form Canada on July 1, 1867.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version gave incorrect information on the new coin.