Royal Canadian Mint wins Guinness World Record!



    100-kg, 99.999% pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value is
    certified as world's largest gold coin

    OTTAWA, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is proud to
announce that its masterpiece 100-kg, 99.999% pure gold bullion coin with a $1
million face value has been proven by Guinness World Records to be the world's
largest gold coin.
    "This recognition is a wonderful endorsement of the incomparable skill
and imagination of the people who work at the Royal Canadian Mint," said Ian
E. Bennett, RCM President and CEO. "The Mint has long been recognized as one
of the most innovative in the world and the Guinness World Record is further
evidence of this fact."
    The 100-kg, 99999 pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value was
originally conceived as a unique showpiece to promote the RCM's new line of
99999 pure one-ounce Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins. After several interested
buyers came forward, the RCM decided to make a very limited quantity available
for sale. To date, five of these majestic gold bullion coins, weighing
3,215 troy ounces each, have been purchased by investors from Canada and
abroad.
    The reverse of these coins features an elegant maple leaf designed by RCM
artist and Senior Engraver Stan Witten and the obverse bears the effigy of Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by celebrated Canadian portrait artist Susanna
Blunt. The coins are manufactured at the RCM's Ottawa facility, where the Mint
operates world-class gold and silver refineries, securely stores gold bullion
and mints all RCM gold bullion products and collector coins.

    About the Royal Canadian Mint

    The Royal Canadian Mint, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is the Crown
Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's
circulation coins. In operation since 1908, the Royal Canadian 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 Royal
Canadian Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.




For further information:

For further information: or to obtain images of the RCM's
record-breaking gold bullion coin, please contact: Alexandre Reeves Manager,
Communications, (613) 949-5777, (613) 991-5342, Cell: (613) 884-6370, Fax:
(613) 991-2628 reeves@mint.ca


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