The Royal Canadian Mint pays tribute to Quebec's famous Saguenay Fjord by issuing a collector coin featuring Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay



    VILLE DE SAGUENAY, QC, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - In the long-standing
tradition of celebrating Canada's natural and historical landmarks, the Royal
Canadian Mint today unveiled a new collector coin featuring Quebec's
Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay. The coin combines a painted illustration of Quebec's
world-famous Saguenay Fjord with an engraved cameo of the 10.5-metre statue of
Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, which has watched over sailors and passengers
navigating the fjord's waters for over 125 years. As the 2009 tourist season
gets under way, visitors from Canada and around the world can now purchase
this unique coin throughout the Saguenay region. This coin is available for
$14.95 CDN, while supplies last.
    "The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to pay tribute to compelling symbols of
Canadian identity which speak to Canada's heritage, culture and values," said
Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The figure of
Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, which graces the dramatic cliffs of the Saguenay
Fjord, is an unforgettable symbol of an extraordinary part of Quebec and it is
a pleasure to see it captured on a new Royal Canadian Mint collector coin".
    "The diverse panoramas of the Canadian landscape are the envy of the
world and the Saguenay Fjord is a striking example of Canada's many natural
treasures," said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National
Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture). "The issue of a Royal Canadian
Mint collector coin honouring both the Saguenay Fjord and
Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, its historic monument, is a wonderful tribute to an
exceptional Canadian region."
    In addition to a broad network of Saguenay vendors, this new coin can be
purchased 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. It is also available through the
Mint's global network of dealers and distributors.

    About the Royal Canadian Mint

    The Royal Canadian Mint 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. The
Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin
program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide,
while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit
www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.

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

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information:

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


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