OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ - The Queen's visit to Canada is in full
swing, and the Royal Canadian Mint has already come close to reaching its
sales targets for its collector Golden Jubilee coins. No worries though, our
American friends and followers of the Royal Tour can still obtain the special
edition coins struck expressly for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
In preparation for the historic Golden Jubilee and the visit of Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Canada the Royal Canadian Mint introduced a
variety of commemorative collector coins this year to capture the once-in-a-
lifetime event. Circulation coins were also given the Royal treatment in 2002
with a 50-cent coin struck expressly for the occasion, and the dual dates 1952-
2002 struck on the obverse of all Canadian circulation coins.
"We've been very pleased with the result - sell-outs or near sell-outs to
date, for our Golden Jubilee collector coins," said Jean-Pierre Tremblay, Vice
President, Marketing and Sales, Royal Canadian Mint. "Our commemorative coins
have always been popular south of the border, and we are aware that many
Americans are keen on following the Royal family, especially The Queen's
official visit to Canada. Our Golden Jubilee coins are a wonderful souvenir of
this historic visit."
The Mint's Golden Golden Jubilee Collector Coins range in price from
$3.95 to $716 US and include:
The 2002 Proof Sterling Silver Dollar
Depicts Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her Coronation and
has a limited mintage of 125,000.
The 2002 Triple Cameo Coin - Portraits of a Queen
Struck in pure silver and set against a background of 14-karat gold,
three cameos chronicle the presence of the Queen on Canadian coins over the
past 50 years. Mintage has been limited to 1,000 coins worldwide. This coin
has sold out in Canada, but may still be available at authorized US dealers
2002 Special Edition Proof Set
The eight coin set combines the 2002 Proof Set (includes one cent through
two dollar coin) and features a gold plated silver dollar struck in 24-Karat
Gold and a special 50-cent Golden Jubilee coin. The Special Edition Proof Set
is limited to 50,000 sets worldwide.
The 2002 Proof Set
The eight coin set features the 2002 Proof Sterling Silver Dollar as well
as all Canadian circulation coin designs in a proof finish on sterling silver.
Mintage is set at 100,000.
The 2002 50-Cent Golden Jubilee Circulation Coin
Features an effigy of the Queen first used in 1953 on a medallion issued
to celebrate her Coronation. The reverse features the Canadian Coat of Arms
with the dates 1952-2002. The circulation coin is legal tender. The 50-cent
coin will revert to its previous design in 2003.
The 2002 Golden Jubilee Keepsake Booklet
Features the 50-cent coins in an illustrated booklet featuring archival
photos of the Queen during her 50-year reign. The booklets are available in
five or ten coin sets.
The Queen Mother - Proof Silver Dollar
Introduced in the Golden Jubilee year, the coin features a mature
portrait of the Queen Mother. This coin has a limited mintage of 10,000 coins
worldwide and has sold out in Canada, but may still be available at authorized
US dealers and distributors.
All of the Royal Canadian Mint Golden Jubilee coins are available
directly from the Mint at 1-800-268-6468 in the United States or at the Mint
website at www.mint.ca. Internationally, coins are available directly from the
Royal Canadian Mint's global network of dealers and distributors.
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the
minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. The Royal Canadian
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. Visit the Royal Canadian Mint on
the Internet at www.mint.ca.
Photos of the coins can be downloaded from the Royal Canadian Mint
website: www.mint.ca/en/news/photo/log.htm, Login: Media, Password: Alpha.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint