Royal Canadian Mint Wins Guinness World Record!

Royal Canadian Mint Wins Guinness World Record!

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Ottawa, Ontario, October 18, 2007  – The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is proud to announce that its masterpiece 100-kg, 99.999% pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value has been proven by Guinness World Records to be the world's largest gold coin.

"This recognition is a wonderful endorsement of the incomparable skill and imagination of the people who work at the Royal Canadian Mint," said
Ian E. Bennett, RCM President and CEO. “The Mint has long been recognized as one of the most innovative in the world and the Guinness World Record is further evidence of this fact."

The 100-kg, 99999 pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value was originally conceived as a unique showpiece to promote the RCM's new line of 99999 pure one-ounce Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins. After several interested buyers came forward, the RCM decided to make a very limited quantity available for sale. To date, five of these majestic gold bullion coins, weighing 3,215 troy ounces each, have been purchased by investors from Canada and abroad.

The reverse of these coins features an elegant maple leaf designed by RCM artist and Senior Engraver Stan Witten and the obverse bears the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by celebrated Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt. The coins are manufactured at the RCM's Ottawa facility, where the Mint operates world-class gold and silver refineries, securely stores gold bullion and mints all RCM gold bullion products and collector coins.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The RCM, an ISO 9001 2000 certified company, is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. In operation since 1908, the RCM is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the RCM, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

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For more information, please contact:
Alexandre Reeves
Manager, Communications
Tel: (613) 949-5777
Tel: (613) 991 5342
Cell: (613) 884-6370
Fax: (613) 991-2628
reeves@mint.ca