Royal Canadian Mint's Five Ounce Pure Gold and Silver Commemorative Coins a Fitting Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 60th Wedding Anniversary

Royal Canadian Mint's Five Ounce Pure Gold and Silver Commemorative Coins a Fitting Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 60th Wedding Anniversary

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Ottawa, Ontario, June 6, 2007 – The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) today issued commemorative coins of 9999 pure gold and 9999 pure silver to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The gold coin signals two more firsts for the RCM: a $500 face value and a five ounce coin of 9999 pure gold. The silver coin bears a $50 face value and only once before has the RCM minted a coin of five ounces of pure silver.

"The historic reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has reached a new milestone and the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to have issued commemorative coins of pure gold and silver which do justice to the 60th wedding anniversary of Canada's ruling monarch and His Royal Highness Prince Philip," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "These remarkable gold and silver collector coins signify yet another first for the Mint and I am pleased they were issued for such a memorable occasion."

Minted of 9999 pure gold and limited to a world-wide mintage of 200, the 2007 5-oz. Gold Coin displays on its reverse the respective coats of arms and mascots of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Its 9999 pure silver counterpart is limited to a production of 4,000 and bears the same elegant design by artist Steve Hepburn. Both coins bear the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on their obverse. The gold coin retails for the suggested price of $5,999.95 CDN, while the silver is being offered at $299.95 CDN.

The coins are being sold via the RCM's toll-free direct marketing service (1-800-267-1871 in Canada or 1-800-268-6468 in the US), via the Internet at www.mint.ca, or by visiting the Mint's boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg. These products will also be available from the RCM's global network of dealers and distributors.

The RCM, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. 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.

Images and product details of the RCM's newest collection are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.

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