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The Royal Canadian Mint Presents 2007 Tall Ships Collection - Brigantine Fine Silver Coin to Captain of Canadian Tall Ship at the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 13, 2007 – The deck of the Canadian-built Brigantine Playfair was the scene of a special event today as the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) presented a 2007 Tall Ships Collection - Brigantine Fine Silver Coin to Rhys Weed, Captain of the two-masted sailing vessel. The Playfair is currently docked in Dartmouth, as part of the flotilla on display during the Halifax leg of the 2007 Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival.

"Tall ships have been an essential part of the discovery and development of Canada and a wonderful theme to celebrate on a collector coin," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "We're especially delighted that the Royal Canadian Mint could showcase its newest Tall Ships coin aboard a genuine Brigantine at the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival."

This 2007 fine silver coin is the third in a series of RCM Tall Ships Collection coins celebrating Canada's maritime heritage. Designed by Musquodoboit Harbour artist Bonnie Ross, the coin depicts two elegantly engraved Brigantines sailing in Halifax Harbour before Purdy's Wharf, illustrated in a vibrant hologram. This 99.99% pure silver coin retails for a suggested $ 74.95 CAD and is limited to a mintage of only 16,000.

This and other numismatic and gift products can be purchased directly from the RCM by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada or 1-800-268-6468 in the US, via the Internet at, or by visiting the RCM's boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg. These products are also available from the RCM's global network of dealers and distributors.

Toronto Brigantine operates a sail training program for youth ages 13-18 aboard the Tall Ships STV Pathfinder and TS Playfair. Its goal is to develop independence, team work and social responsibility in youth of all social and cultural backgrounds through experiential training in a unique and challenging environment. Toronto Brigantine has been "Building Character Through Adventure" for over 40 years.

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

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