The Royal Canadian Mint's newest commemorative circulation coin celebrates the 400th anniversary of Quebec city and features the work of talented Quebec artist



    OTTAWA, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its ongoing activities to mark
the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, the Royal Canadian Mint
(RCM) is pleased to announce the commissioning of a commemorative 2-dollar
circulation coin. Designed by Quebec jeweller Geneviève Bertrand, the coin
will be officially unveiled this May at a ceremony in Quebec City. A total of
six million of these commemorative coins, dated 2008, will be struck.
    "The Royal Canadian Mint prides itself on celebrating the richness of
Canada's historical, cultural and natural heritage on all its coins, therefore
it is very fitting that such an important event in our country's history be
featured on a coin which will be exchanged and collected by people in the
Province of Quebec, as well as in the rest of Canada," said Ian E. Bennett,
President and CEO of the RCM. "The City of Quebec, internationally famous for
its historical significance and old European charm, is a tremendous source of
pride for Canadians and we are delighted to be participating in its
anniversary celebrations."
    "The Royal Canadian Mint has created a beautiful commemorative coin which
symbolizes the foundation of Quebec City, an important beginning in Quebec and
Canadian history," said Alban D'Amours, President and CEO of the Desjardins
Group. "As a major sponsor of Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations, I
am proud that the Desjardins Group is supporting a commemorative coin launch
which is meaningful to our collective history."
    Once released in circulation in May, the new 400th Anniversary of Quebec
City coin will be exclusively distributed across Quebec through Desjardins
Group. This commemorative coin will also be distributed through Desjardins
Group across Ontario, and les caisses populaires acadiennes of New Brunswick
and Canadians will also be encouraged to look for this coin in their change.

    Geneviève Bertrand was born in Quebec City in 1976. She completed her
initial training as a jeweller at Quebec City's Collège Limoilou in 2001 and
has since been practicing her craft in St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec. She
recently perfected her expertise through advanced training at the Ecole de
Joaillerie de Québec. Prior to submitting the final design for the 400th
Anniversary of Quebec City circulation coin, Geneviève Bertrand distinguished
herself as a finalist in several of Quebec's top jewellery design
competitions.

    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.




For further information:

For further information: Alexandre Reeves, Manager, Communications,
(613) 949-5777, (613) 949-9066, Fax: (613) 991-2628, Mobile: (613) 884-6370,
reeves@mint.ca


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