Royal Canadian Mint joins Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations by presenting Proof Silver Dollar coin commemorating historical milestone to Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume

    QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) visited
City Hall yesterday to present Quebec City's Mayor and invited guests from the
Quebec 400th organization with a 2008 Proof Silver Dollar commemorating the
400th anniversary of Quebec City. The coin was officially presented by
Ghislain Harvey, member of the RCM's Board of Directors and Marguerite F.
Nadeau, Q.C., Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Joining
Mayor Labeaume in accepting this exquisite gift was Quebec 400th Chairman Jean
    "As we celebrate our own centennial in 2008, the Royal Canadian Mint is
very proud to be taking part in the milestone celebration of the 400th
anniversary of the founding of Quebec City", said Mrs. Nadeau. "Through this
collector coin, we are commemorating an event of great importance to the
history of Canada and the Province of Quebec."
    The design featured on the sterling silver dollar is the exceptional work
of Longueuil, QC artist Suzanne Duranceau. The coin features a portrait of
Samuel de Champlain with the "habitation" he built at the foot of
Cap-aux-Diamants, now Quebec City, in the background. He had landed on the
shore of the St. Lawrence River in 1608 at a place the local Algonquin people
called "Kebec" or "where the river narrows".
    Only 65,000 2008 Proof Silver Dollars are available world-wide. A
brilliant uncirculated version of this coin is also limited to a mintage of
    This same design is reproduced on a selectively gold-plated proof dollar
coin, which is exclusive to the RCM's 2008 Proof Set. A limit of 60,000 of
these sets has been minted.
    All of the Mint's products are available directly from the Mint at
1-800-267-1871 in Canada or on the Internet at The coins are also
available at the Royal Canadian Mint's global network of dealers and
distributors, as well as participating Canada Post outlets.

    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 these coins and the RCM's newest collection
are available by visiting

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