Royal Canadian Mint issues special centennial commemorative coins



    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
Royal Canadian Mint with special commemorative coins! It has been 100 years
since Governor General Earl Grey activated the press to strike a fifty-cent
piece, Canada's first domestically produced coin. What would become known as
the Royal Canadian Mint was officially open for business.
    "Every commemorative coin produced by the Mint expresses a theme or ideal
that reflects Canada's heritage and values," stated Mr. Ian E. Bennett,
President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "These magnificent new coins
capture the essence of Canada's world-renowned mint during our centennial year
and we are pleased to offer them as part of the celebrations."
    With a proud tradition in both silver and gold coin production, the Mint
is issuing four commemorative numismatic coins to celebrate its monumental
anniversary, all of which are now available.

    5-ounce gold and 5-ounce silver coins
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    The exquisite craftsmanship and finish of the 5-ounce gold and 5-ounce
silver coins enhance its design, the majestic architecture of the Ottawa
Mint's historic building on Sussex Drive. Bearing a face value of $500 and
available for $8,159.95, the 5-ounce gold coin has been limited to a mintage
of only 250. Its silver counterpart has a $50 face value and also captures the
essence of Canada's world-renowned Mint. Four thousand of these coins have
been produced and are available for $369.95 CDN.(*)

    Special edition proof silver dollar
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    The 2008 special edition proof silver dollar features two iconic symbols
of Canada: a maple leaf and common loon, one transforming into the other on
the winds of change that have shaped the Mint's success during its first 100
years. Limited to a mintage of 25,000 and designed by Burlington, Ontario
artist Jason Bouwman, selective gold plating adorns the reverse and the edge
for a stunning effect. This coin is available for $59.95 CDN.

    Coin and stamp set
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    The 100th anniversary coin and stamp set, which is available for
$44.95 CDN, includes a double-dated (1908-2008) sterling silver proof replica
of the 1908 fifty-cent piece, which was the first coin ever produced at the
Mint. Housed in a protective mount, the companion postage stamp by Canada Post
depicts the original reverse of the coin. Limited to a mintage of 16,000, each
set also includes a full-color information booklet featuring vintage photos
and historical facts about the Mint.
    All of these and other products are available directly from the Mint at
1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at
www.mint.ca. They are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's global
network of dealers and distributors.

    (*)Please allow four to six weeks for delivery of the 5-ounce silver
    coin.

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




For further information:

For further information: Alex Reeves, Manager, Communications, (613)
949-5777, Mobile: (613) 884-6370, reeves@mint.ca


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