The Royal Canadian Mint wins coveted awards at the 2008 World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany

    OTTAWA, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) added to its
star-studded line up of award-winning coins when Krause Publications bestowed
the Coin of the Year and Most Innovative Coin Awards on the RCM's laser-etched
$50 Palladium Big Bear and Little Bear Constellations coin series at the 2008
Coin of the Year Awards. Adding even more to the RCM's prestige, its 2006
colourized $5 Fine Silver "Pink Ribbon" Coin also was a co-winner of the Most
Inspirational Coin Award. Krause Publications, of the United States, publishes
World Coin News and Numismatic News, in addition to many respected numismatic
catalogues and research titles.
    "We welcome these distinctions during our centennial year, as the proud
employees of the Royal Canadian Mint celebrate a century of achievement," said
Ian E. Bennett, RCM President and CEO. "Our passion for innovation and
excellence has made us a leader in the minting industry and we are delighted
that these qualities are being recognized by leaders in the numismatic
    The $50 Palladium Big Bear and Little Bear Constellations coin series
consists of four 31.16 g, 99.95% palladium coins featuring the constellations
in a night sky, reproduced by a deep black laser-etching. Each coin displays
the constellations as they would appear above Canada's capital during each of
the four seasons. This appealing and ingenious design is the work of RCM
Product Manager Jennifer Holmes, whose impressive portfolio includes sell-outs
such as the Gold $3 Square Beaver Coin and the square-holed $8 Fine Silver
Chinese Coin.
    The 2006 $5 Fine Silver Pink Ribbon Coin was created in conjunction with
the launch of the RCM's second colour circulation coin, the 25-cent pink
ribbon coin commemorating "A Future Without Breast Cancer". In May 2007, this
25-cent circulation coin itself earned the Best Coin of the Year Award, among
the inaugural Awards for Excellence in Currency from the International
Association of Currency Affairs.
    The annual Coin of the Year competition receives nominations from an
international consortium of mint representatives and numismatists. The judging
was conducted by an international panel of 55 of the world's leading Mint
officials, medalists, journalists, central bank and museum officials from
19 countries. RCM Engraver Susan Taylor participated in this panel. The
winners of this year's Coin of the Year competition were formally proclaimed
today at the 2008 World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.

    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 of the RCM's latest award-winning coins are available by visiting

For further information:

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

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