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1 oz. Pure Silver Gold-Plated Coin - The 1908 Sovereign: 110th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mint - Mintage: 5,000 (2018)

1 oz. Pure Silver Gold-Plated Coin - The 1908 Sovereign: 110th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mint - Mintage: 5,000 (2018)

$114.95 CAD
Mintage: 5,000
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Ships Nov-15-2019
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STUNNING! A fully gold-plated 99.99% pure silver tribute to the 1908 British gold sovereign coin! Order today!

The British gold sovereign was one of the world’s most famous gold coin of the modern era, and the flagship coin of the Royal Mint. And for the first time in 1908, a limited number of these sovereigns were minted at our very own Ottawa facility. Step into the past—our past—with a fully gold-plated 99.99% pure silver tribute to the 1908 British gold sovereign coin. With the exception of a proof finish and an amended date of “2018”, the reverse design is nearly identical to the original sovereign that was struck 110 years ago, including the same “C” mint mark that proudly denotes the country of production.

Add this stunning tribute to the 1908 British gold sovereign coin to your display today!

Special features:
  • FULLY GOLD-PLATED! Crafted from 99.99% pure silver, this tribute piece is fully gold-plated to resemble the world-renowned gold coin.
  • A SPECIAL 110TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! Your coin is a magnificent reproduction of the first gold coin ever struck by the Royal Canadian Mint (then the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint): the 1908 British gold sovereign coin.
  • “C” STANDS FOR “CANADA!” The reverse design of your coin is nearly identical to the original piece—including a “C” mint mark that denotes Canada as the country of production.
  • A RARELY SEEN EFFIGY! Like its original counterpart, your coin’s obverse features the effigy of King Edward VII and the original inscription.
  • AN ENHANCED FINISH! Unlike the specimen finish of the 1908 British sovereigns, this pure silver piece features a proof finish that naturally highlights the intricate nature of this classic design.
  • A SLIGHTLY LARGER CANVAS! The 38 mm diameter is larger than the original coin’s 22.05 mm diameter, and provides a better view of the supremely sculpted details.
  • A PIECE FOR HISTORY ENTHUSIASTS! This tribute to the original 1908 sovereign represents a piece of our history, and world numismatic history too. It is an ideal addition to any history-themed collection.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • LOW MINTAGE! Limited to just 5,000 coins worldwide.
  • NO GST/HST!

Design:

Your coin features Benedetto Pistrucci’s neoclassical-style design for the British gold Sovereign, as it appeared on coins struck by the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint in 1908. Saint George is shown on horseback, his left hand holding the reins while his right hand holds a sword. A dragon lies wounded at the horse’s feet. Above the amended date, “2018”, a “C” mint mark denotes the country of production (Canada). The obverse features the original legend “EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX: F: D: IND: IMP:” meaning “Edward VII: By The Grace of God, Of All the Britains, King, Defender of the Faith, and Emperor of India”, and the effigy of King Edward VII by George W. DeSaulles.

Did you know…
  • The British gold sovereign was one of the world’s most famous gold coin of the modern era, and the flagship coin of the Royal Mint. And for the first time in 1908, a limited number of these sovereigns were minted at our very own Ottawa facility.
  • The gold sovereign was key to the creation of a Canadian mint. The Klondike gold rush led to renewed calls for the creation of a Dominion mint that could profitably convert Canadian-mined metals into coins. Fears of a low demand for Canadian coins and an idle mint prompted the suggestion that British sovereigns—a gold coin that was a widely accepted form of payment—could also be produced domestically. To do so, Canada’s mint would have to be established as a branch of the Royal Mint. Thus, on January 2, 1908, the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint officially opened.
  • It led to the addition of a refinery that, today, produces some of the world’s purest gold coins. Original plans for our Ottawa facility didn’t include a refinery, since it was assumed that bullion would be purchased from private refiners. But no domestic refinery was capable of refining gold to exacting coinage standards; instead, this new addition was completed in 1911.
  • The sovereign was primarily used for exporting funds and redeeming banknotes. Canada produced a small number of sovereigns, with none issued in 1912 and 1915 and  peak production in 1911 (256,946)..

Packaging:

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order your coin today!

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Specifications

  • No.170491
  • Mintage5,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver with gold plating
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 38
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistBenedetto Pistrucci (reverse), George W. DeSaulles (obverse)

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