The Royal Canadian Mint introduces a regal assortment of collector coins and gifts among its final issues of 2007



    OTTAWA, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) today issued
10 new 2007 collector coins, including an elegantly painted 25-cent coin
celebrating the 60th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and
a $15 sterling silver coin of Queen Victoria, the first of a five-coin series
featuring royal effigies from Canada's past coinage. The RCM is also
introducing gift products to please fans of timeless coin designs and classic
winter sports alike.
    "The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to complete a very exciting 2007 with
an array of collector coins and gift products which are appealing in both
their quality and significance to Canadians," said President and CEO of the
Royal Canadian Mint, Ian E. Bennett. "These newest Mint products are
innovative and attractive choices for the discerning gift giver."
    Here are the highlights of the Mint's newest selection of products:

    2008 VIGNETTES OF ROYALTY SERIES - $15 STERLING SILVER QUEEN VICTORIA

    Another design first for the Royal Canadian Mint, this new series
features royal effigies on both the obverse and the reverse of these elegant
sterling silver coins. The reverse of the first of these coins features an
ultra-high relief effigy of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, which appeared on the
1-, 25- and 50-cent coins which were issued in Canada from 1870 to 1901.
Future issues from this five-coin series will include King Edward VII and King
George V (2008), as well as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II (2009). All
these designs were approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Bearing a $15
denomination, this visually impressive, frosted effigy is set against a
proof-like field. These coins were struck four times and hand polished in
order to achieve their dramatic appearance. Limited to a world-wide mintage of
10,000, the first coin in this series retails for $99.95 CDN.

    2007 25 CENT COIN - THE QUEEN'S 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

    To celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the RCM has
created an oversize nickel-plated steel coin adorned by a fully painted
reproduction of the British Royal Family's Glass State Coach, which
transported a young Princess Elizabeth to her wedding at Westminster Abbey.
This outstanding coin is limited to a mintage of 35,000, bears a 25-cent
denomination and retails for $21.95 CDN.

    2008 LUNAR HOLOGRAM GOLD AND LUNAR CAMEO SILVER COINS - YEAR OF THE RAT

    For several years, the RCM has celebrated the Chinese Lunar Calendar with
two annual commemorative coin releases - each depicting a different year's
zodiac sign. The newest coins in this series proudly honour the Year of the
Rat.
    Both Year of the Rat coins are designed by Canadian artist Harvey Chan.
The Lunar Cameo Coin is sterling silver and bears a face value of 15 dollars.
It is the 11th issue from a 12-coin series begun by the RCM in 1998. It
features an octagon-shaped gold-plated cameo. This coin is the only 2008 issue
bearing the former effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which graced
Canada's coinage from 1990 to 2003. Limited to a worldwide mintage of 48,888,
it retails for $88.88 CDN.
    The 18-Karat Gold Lunar Hologram Coin is the ninth coin in the RCM's
hologram lunar series, which began in 2000. It features the RCM's
world-renowned hologram technology and displays the current effigy of Her
Majesty against a proof field. With a worldwide mintage of only 4,888, this
coin retails for $508.95 CDN.

    2008 $300 GOLD COIN - FOUR SEASONS MOON MASK

    The Squamish Nation of British Columbia can add a new treasure to their
rich heritage. The reverse of this stunning 14-Karat gold coin preserves the
appearance of hand carved red cedar mask originally created by Vancouver
artist and member of the Coast Salish People Jody Broomfield. Rendered in a
proof finish and enhanced with a multi-coloured enamel effect, this coin is a
striking tribute to the moon's significance and appeal to cultures worldwide.
Limited to a mintage of 1,200, this coin retails for $1,559.95 CDN.

    2007 LIMITED EDITION PROOF SILVER DOLLAR WITH ENAMEL EFFECT -
    CELEBRATING THAYENDANEGEA

    A limited edition enamelled rendition of the 2007 Proof Silver Dollar
design commemorating Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) is offered to admirers of
this Loyalist First Nations hero and avid coin collectors alike. His intricate
head dress and distinguished tunic are decorated with a palette of vivid
enamel colours and set against a proof field. This distinctive sterling silver
dollar coin is limited to a world-wide mintage of 7,500 and retails for
$129.95 CDN.

    2007 $20 FINE SILVER COIN - HOLIDAY SLEIGH RIDE

    A traditional icon of the Canadian holiday season is finely engraved on a
proof $20 coin of 99.99% pure silver. The holiday sleigh ride is depicted by a
horse-drawn sleigh pulling passengers and their fresh-cut Christmas tree over
a serene, snow-covered landscape. This idyllic scene is the creation of
Ontario artist Tony Bianco. This beautiful proof fine silver coin is available
at $69.95 CDN and limited to a world-wide mintage of 10,000.

    2007 $20 STERLING SILVER COINS - IRIDESCENT AND BLUE CRYSTAL SNOWFLAKE

    Building on the success of the innovative 14-Karat Gold Snowflake issued
a year ago, the RCM is proud to introduce its very first silver coins
depicting snowflakes delicately encrusted with CRYSTALLIZED(TM) - Swarovski
Elements. Available with blue or iridescent crystals surrounding a central
clear crystal, these sophisticated reproductions of six-sided dendrite ice
crystals are the work of RCM Engraver Konrad Wachelko. Each of these sterling
silver coins are limited to a mintage of 5,000 and retail for $94.95 CDN.

    2007 50 CENT COIN - HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS

    The RCM is perpetuating the tradition of innovation by issuing its first
ever lenticular coin. This technical first is showcased by a large brass
plated 50-cent coin containing a coloured image of Christmas tree ornaments in
a "3D" motion-filled effect. The captivating image is surrounded by a
brilliant uncirculated finish on an outer ring displaying the denomination,
date and country of origin, while the obverse features a specimen finish.
Available at $25.95 CDN, this magical coin is limited to a world-wide mintage
of 50,000.

    VANCOUVER 2010 GIFTABLES

    Just in time for the holiday season, the RCM has developed some creative
gift ideas inspired by some commemorative circulation coins featured in its
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Coin Program. Six commemorative 25-cent featuring
curling, ice hockey, snowboarding, figure skating, speed skating and alpine
are individually sealed in a special bookmark and are accompanied by a pin
combining the Vancouver 2010 logo with a reproduction of the corresponding
sport. One can wear their pride in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games or bookmark
their favourite sports book for $15.95 CDN, while supplies last.
    With the ever popular theme of sport in mind, the RCM is offering a
regulation hockey puck with a solid nickel $1 coin, branded with the Vancouver
2010 logo, encased in its center. The coin in encapsulated and can be removed
from the puck, allowing numismatists and sports memorabilia collectors to
admire both sides of this very special "Loonie". While supplies last, this
unique coin puck is available for $17.95 CDN.

    OTHER GIFT IDEAS

    An array of other attractive RCM products is available to the buyer in
search of unique, quality gift ideas. These include the 2007 Holiday
Commemorative coin set featuring a painted 25-cent Christmas tree coin and the
2007/2008 NHL coin hockey pucks and coin sets featuring each of Canada's NHL
teams, introduced just in time for the start of the new NHL season. The RCM is
also offering a selection of special edition watches faced with popular coin
designs. These range from the "Maclean the Mountie" watch for kids young and
old as well as classic men's and ladies' designs based on the Loonie, the
Canadian Coat of Arms, the Beaver and the Maple Leaf.
    All of the Mint's 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. The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's global
network of dealers and distributors.

    About the Royal Canadian Mint

    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 www.mint.ca.

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National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and
its teams. All Rights Reserved.

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




For further information:

For further information: Alexandre Reeves, Manager, Communications,
(613) 949-5777, (613) 991-5342, Cellular: (613) 884-6370, Fax: (613) 991-2628,
reeves@mint.ca


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