Royal Canadian Mint participates in Beijing's Olympic Expo 2008 and makes Asian debut of the world's

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BEIJING, People's Republic of China, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the
Royal Canadian Mint's world-famous "Million Dollar Coin" made its Asian debut
at Beijing's Olympic Expo 2008 (Olympex). The unveiling was conducted by The
Honourable David Emerson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Olympic
Committee President Jacques Rogge and Honorary IOC President for Life Juan
Antonio Samaranch. This unprecedented coin, recently certified by Guinness
World Records as the world's largest gold bullion coin, represents the
international bullion industry's summit of achievement in gold purity. The
Mint is also participating in Olympex to showcase its Vancouver 2010 coin
program, the largest ever produced in honour of an Olympic Games. It will also
display specimens of coins minted in celebration of past Olympic Games hosted
in Canada, as well as offer unique and innovative collector coins and gifts
for sale to visitors to the Mint's booth.
    "The Royal Canadian Mint is delighted to come to Beijing in the spirit of
the Olympic Games to showcase the world's best and most exclusive gold bullion
coin and to show the people of the People's Republic of China and visitors to
Beijing the stunning variety of collector coins and gifts we have crafted in
celebration of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said
Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The Mint is
sure that its exceptional products will give visitors to its booth an exciting
perspective of Canadian know-how and creativity."
    "The Olympic Games are an unrivalled opportunity for Canada to showcase
the best it has to offer, and this also applies to the Royal Canadian Mint's
products," said the Honourable David Emerson, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
"The Beijing Games bring many cultures together, and the Mint's gold and
silver works of art represent Canada's spirit and heritage in a unique and
appealing way."
    The Mint will participate in Olympic Expo Beijing 2008 from August 8 to
18, 2008. Its booth will be located in the Hall 12 of the Beijing Exhibition
Centre. In addition to selling collector coins and gifts celebrating the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, the Mint will offer other coins and collectibles
for purchase as well as exhibit numismatic coins it struck in honour of the
1988 Calgary Winter Games and the 1976 Montreal Summer Games. The Mint's
celebrated 100-kg, 99999 Pure Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin will also be
prominently displayed at the booth throughout Beijing Olympex, where visitors
can view a DVD movie detailing the fabrication of this unique masterpiece.
    The 100-kg, 99999 pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value was
originally conceived as a unique showpiece to promote the Mint's new line of
99999 pure one-ounce Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins, which constitute the pure
gold bullion market's pinnacle of quality. Since its introduction in 2007, the
famous "Million Dollar Coin" has dazzled audiences in Canada and around the
world, including the United States, Germany, the United Arab Emirates,
Austria, Finland, and the Baltic States.

    About the Royal Canadian Mint

    The Royal Canadian Mint, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in
2008, is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of
Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 certified company, the Mint 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 Mint's
history, its products and services, please visit

    About Olympic Expo Beijing 2008

    Beijing's Olympex is the first Olympic Cultural Event jointly sponsored
by the International Olympic Committee, the Beijing Organizing Committee for
the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, the Chinese Olympic Committee, and China Post
Group, and organized by China Post Group. Beijing Olympex will be an
international Olympic cultural event with the greatest scope, widest coverage
and highest level in the Olympic history.

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