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 and distributors. 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