LOUISBOURG, NS, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is joining
the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Louisbourg settlement by issuing two
new gold and silver collector coins. The coins were unveiled by Kirk
MacRae, member of the Royal Canadian Mint's Board of Directors, at the
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is delighted to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Louisbourg with two new collector coins designed by
talented Canadian artists and handcrafted with the Mint's unmistakable
quality," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian
Mint. "Generations after its founding, the historical treasure of
Louisbourg is now preserved on two new collector coins which remind
Canadians and collectors from around the world of the significance of
this historical landmark which survives as a living monument to early
In commemoration of this anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint crafted
two spectacular coins; a 99.99% pure 1/25 oz. gold coin featuring the
work of Nova Scotia artist Peter Gough and a 99.99% pure silver coin
designed by British Columbia maritime artist John Horton. These coins
capture scenes and icons which evoke trade and commerce which paved the
way to Canada's development 300 years ago.
These gold and silver struck in honour of Louisbourg 300 can be ordered
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 as of today. As of June 11, 2013, the coins will also be available at
the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver,
as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and
distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
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minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO
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largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of
specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an
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THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT LOUISBOURG 300 COMMEMORATIVE COINS
During the first half of the 18th century, the fortified port of Louisbourg on Île Royale (in modern-day
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia) was the centre of French power in the
Atlantic region, and home to one of the largest military garrisons in
New France. While Louisbourg's military heritage has been widely
celebrated, this strategic settlement was also one of the New World's
most important economic and cultural crossroads, and a major hub for
fishing and trading ships from across the globe.
The year 2013 marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Louisbourg settlement. After being
captured by the British in 1758 and later abandoned as a military
outpost in favour of Halifax, Louisbourg was declared a national
historic site in 1926 and its historic structures re-built in the
1960's to give visitors a unique experience of life in 1740's New
France. Today, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site serves
as both a model of world-class historic reconstruction and an enduring
reminder of the essential role the settlement played in the development
of Nova Scotia, and in helping to lay the foundation for the country
that would one day be called Canada.
In commemoration of this historical milestone, the Royal Canadian Mint
has crafted pure gold and silver collector coins which celebrate the
origins of Louisbourg's founding in 1713 and its survival as a living
monument of early Canadian history.
A 1/25 oz., 99.99% pure gold coin features a design by Bridgewater, Nova
Scotia artist Peter Gough. The stylized images of a cod fish, an 18th century ship and Louisbourg's iconic Frédéric Gate recall the
settlement's emergence as a vital link between the Atlantic Ocean's
lucrative Grand Banks fishery and the rich waterways of the St.
Lawrence. This 50-cent face value gold coin retails for $129.95 CDN and
is limited to a mintage of 10,000 world-wide.
The 99.99% pure silver coin is the work of celebrated Canadian maritime
artist John Horton. It captures a bustling scene of the Louisbourg
shore as it would have appeared when it became one of the busiest ports
on the North American continent only 40 years after it was
founded. Bearing a $20 face value, this coin is enhanced by the
contrast of multiple finishes and special edge lettering which reads
"Louisbourg 300" and is accompanied by a repeating pattern of an
anchor, fleur de lys, and maple leaf. Limited to a mintage of 8,500
examples world-wide, this silver coin is available for $89.95 CDN.
The obverses of both these coins feature the effigy of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II designed by Canadian portrait artist Susannah Blunt in
Image with caption: "From left to right: Royal Canadian Mint Board of Directors member Kirk MacRae and Parks Canada Field Unit Superintendant (Cape Breton) Chip Bird unveil new gold and silver collector coins honouring the 300th anniversary of the founding of Louisbourg at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (June 4, 2013). (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130604_C4619_PHOTO_EN_27522.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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