Royal Canadian Mint deals out 2008's third issue of collector products

    Playing Card Money Series and Crystal Raindrop showcase unique new coins;
    popular offerings continue

    OTTAWA, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - History and innovative design combine to
produce yet another outstanding series of Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) collector
coins with the introduction of fine silver rectangular coins emulating a
long-lost currency of our past: New France's playing card money. The
innovation and design creativity continues with a new crystal-embedded fine
silver raindrop coin, a new Royal Effigies Series coin featuring King Edward
VII, as well as gold and silver coins celebrating yet another Canadian
Achievement, the world-famous IMAX film standard, among several others
captivating themes.
    "As the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates its centennial and as Canada
celebrates other historical milestones such as the 400th anniversary of the
city of Quebec, we are proud that our collector products are telling the story
of Canada in fascinating new forms", said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of
the Royal Canadian Mint. "Our artisans and experts have once again succeeded
in creating outstanding treasures in silver and gold which capture the
imagination of coin collectors and gift givers everywhere".
    The following is an overview of the new products which will be available
to the public on July 23, 2008:


    The days when Canadian legal tender displayed the effigies of anonymous
kings and queens are a fascinating twist of Canadian history. As New France
found itself short of circulation coinage in 1685, the government of the day
demonstrated classic Canadian resourcefulness by seizing all playing cards in
the colony and issuing officially signed cards as currency. This temporary
measure continued until the British conquest of 1759. The RCM rekindles the
"can do" aura of playing card money with a $15 sterling silver Jack of Hearts,
the first in a new series of painted rectangular collector coins featuring a
selectively gold-plated rim. Only 25,000 of these treasures of our past have
been carefully crafted and designed from artwork preserved by Library and
Archives Canada. This coin retails for a suggested $89.95 CDN.

    2008 $1 FINE GOLD - GOLD LOUIS

    The advent of one series of New France collector coins heralds the
twilight of another as the RCM issues the last of its fine Gold Louis $1 gold
coins. Many Louis d'or aux deux L did not survive the treacherous ocean voyage
to New France, but anecdotal evidence suggests the 1721 issue did actually
circulate within the colony. Limited to a worldwide mintage of 10,000, this
faithful recreation of an elegantly designed coin retails for a suggested
$124.95 CDN.


    The RCM's first-ever combination of colour and crystal applications on a
single coin casts Canada's cherished maple leaf in a new light, as a
glistening drop of water trickles from its surface. The inset CRYSTALLIZEDTM -
Swarovski Elements contrast beautifully against the bright green maple leaf
which adorns this 99.99% pure silver coin designed by Ontario artist Celia
Godkin. Only 15,000 of these coins, with a suggested retail price of
$89.95 CDN, are available world-wide.


    Canada's identity is often shaped by its technological achievements and
one of its most impressive is the invention of IMAX, the best cinematic
experience in the world. The more than 40 year-old brainchild of Canadians
Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert Kerr and William Shaw revolutionized
public entertainment by creating a movie technology which, unlike any other,
makes audiences feel as though they are in the movie. This unique attribute of
IMAX is captured by the lenticular colour image of an awestruck spectator
experiencing a virtual close encounter with a life-size shark. With a very low
mintage of 1,000, the coin retails for $1,226.95 CDN.


    The sterling silver edition of the Canadian Achievements coin series
depicts the same shark and spectator image vividly displayed against a proof
finish. This one ounce sterling silver coin has a face value of $30 and is
limited to a mintage of only 15,000. It retails for the suggested price of
$84.95 CDN.


    In a land which owes so much of its development to the railroad, a new
series featuring Canada's greatest locomotives is certainly "de rigueur". The
first of these coins celebrates the Royal Hudson, a Hudson Type 4-6-4 (four
leading wheels, six driving wheels and four trailing wheels) which was chosen
to shuttle King George VI and Queen Elizabeth from Quebec City to Vancouver
during their royal visit of 1939. This coin features unique edge-lettering
showing the locomotive's name against a plain edge. Proposed at $69.95 CDN,
this coin is limited to a worldwide mintage of 10,000.


    The appearance on a new silver coin of King Edward VII, Canada's ruling
monarch when Canada's Mint first opened its doors in 1908 is a timely addition
to the Royal Canadian Mint's centennial celebrations. This is the second in a
series of ultra-high relief sterling silver coins featuring royal effigies on
both their obverse and reverse. Future issues from this five-coin series will
include King George V (October 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. This coin was struck four times and
hand polished in order to achieve its dramatic appearance. Limited to a
world-wide mintage of 10,000, this coin retails for a suggested $99.95 CDN.


    The brilliant red colouring of a male Northern Cardinal leaps out from
the latest coloured 25-cent coin featuring Canadian birds illustrated by
Ontario artist Arnold Nogy. This flamboyant bird, whose name is inspired by
traditionally red-robed Roman Catholic Cardinals, appears on a large-diameter
nickel-plated steel coin which is limited to a mintage of 25,000. The coin
retails for a suggested $24.95 CDN.
    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, on the Internet at, or by visiting the Mint's boutique in Ottawa or Winnipeg. The
coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's global network of
dealers and distributors.

    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

    Images and product details of the Mint's newest collection are available
by visiting

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For further information: Alex Reeves, Manager, Communications, (613)
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