The Royal Canadian Mint's Newest Collector Coins Include Canada's First Square-Holed Coin, New Issues of Popular Gold and Silver Series, and More

The Royal Canadian Mint's Newest Collector Coins Include Canada's First Square-Holed Coin, New Issues of Popular Gold and Silver Series, and More

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Ottawa, Ontario, April 4, 2007 - The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) today issued its latest collector catalogue featuring eight new 2007 collector coins, including Canada’s first-ever square holed coin, in fine silver. This unique coin evokes the memory of trade in ancient China. Other releases include a new 99.999% pure gold coin and new silver coins in several continuing series such as national war monuments, native and traditional Canadian flowers and tall ships.

"The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to introduce collector coins that continue to uphold our reputation for exceptional design, quality and technical innovation," said President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, Ian E. Bennett. "The blend of artistry, technology and historical significance in this latest release is sure to appeal to a broad range of collectors and coin enthusiasts".

Here are the featured products in the RCM’s latest collectible line-up:

2007 $8 FINE SILVER CHINESE COIN
Though a first for the RCM, the square-holed coin dates back more than 2,500 years, when it first appeared as standard currency in China. When Chinese immigrants first came to Canada in the 19th Century, square-holed coins continued to be used as trade tokens as tight-knit Chinese communities were established across Canada. With a unique $8 denomination, this 99.99% silver coin is struck in a proof finish. Limited to a world-wide mintage of 20,000, the coin retails for $49.95 CDN.

2007 99999 GOLD COIN – PURPLE VIOLET
This coin captures the natural beauty of New Brunswick’s Purple Violet in the purest gold ever refined by any mint, hand polished to proof perfection. By issuing the first coin in the provincial flowers series in 1998, the RCM was first to introduce the collector world to the highest achievement in gold refining: 99.999% purity. With a face value of $350, a mintage limited to 1,400 and over one ounce of pure gold, this exquisite coin retails for $1,520.95 CDN.

2007 1/25 OUNCE GOLD COIN – WOLF
Fourth in the series of the smallest gold coins ever produced by the RCM, the 2007 1/25 ounce pure gold coin features a female wolf surveying a natural landscape. With a 50-cent denomination and a retail price of $81.95 CDN, this proof collector coin gives more collectors the chance to own a finely crafted piece of 99.99% pure gold.

2007 $30 STERLING SILVER COIN – CANADIAN NATIONAL VIMY MEMORIAL
The imposing Vimy Ridge war memorial is the subject of the third coin in a sterling silver series depicting spectacular monuments honouring Canada’s war veterans. Issued on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Vimy Ridge Victory, the coin elegantly pays tribute to the memory of the thousands of Canadian troops lost in action on French soil during World War I.

The reverse of this proof coin bears the image of "Canada mourning her sons" against a background of the engraved ranks of the missing. The world-wide mintage of this coin, available for $79.95 CDN, is limited to 15,000.

2007 $20 SILVER COIN - BRIGANTINE
The third coin of the popular Tall Ships series features the brigantine, a nimble two-masted sailing vessel that dominated the trade routes of the Americas during the golden age of sail. A vibrant hologram effect brings the design of artist Bonnie Ross to life on this proof 99.99% pure silver coin. Limited to a mintage of 16,000, this coin retails for $74.95 CDN.

2007 SPECIAL EDITION PROOF SILVER DOLLAR – CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS
This year’s special edition proof silver dollar depicts the many pillars of Canada’s thriving arts community in a beautifully executed montage. Struck in sterling silver with a proof finish and limited to a world-wide mintage of only 20,000, this sterling silver dollar retails for $54.95 CDN.

2007 50-CENT STERLING SILVER COIN – FORGET-ME-NOT
The RCM’s exclusive selective gold plating technology continues on a new proof 50-cent sterling silver coin. In keeping with the theme of Canada’s "golden" flowers, the Golden Forget-Me-Not was chosen for both its delicate beauty and the species’ significance as the emblem of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. In recognition of the Society’s efforts against a debilitating disease, the RCM will contribute $1.00 CDN to the Alzheimer Society of Canada for each coin sold. Available at $38.95 CDN, this coin is limited to a world-wide mintage of 20,000.

2007 25-CENT COLOURED COIN – RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
The richly coloured ruby-throated hummingbird is the subject of a new painted 25-cent coin struck in a specimen finish. This instantly recognizable species of hummingbird will also be starring in one of the "wildly" popular Hinterland Who’s Who television vignettes. This coin is limited to a mintage of 25,000 and retails for $24.95 CDN.

25-CENT CANADA DAY COLOURED COIN AND ACTIVITY KIT
The RCM prepares to celebrate Canada’s birthday with its seventh Canada Day Coloured 25-cent coin. The coin pays tribute to the RCMP with a depiction of "MacLean the Mountie", wearing the famous Red Serge. The coin is housed in an activity set featuring a trivia quiz and four temporary tattoos perfect for Canada Day celebrations.

The RCM also introduced the very popular and collectible 50-cent piece in a commemorative paper wrap roll holding 25 coins. As well, two special occasion pure silver wafer gift products: the 1 oz. silver wedding and baby wafers, along with a Special Edition Wedding Gift Set were issued.

The RCM’s numismatic and gift products can be purchased directly from the Mint by calling 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 are also 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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For further information, please contact:
Alexandre Reeves 
Manager, Communications
Tel: (613) 949-5777
Tel: (613) 991-5342
Fax: (613) 991-2628
Cellular: (613) 884-6370
reeves@mint.ca