Royal Canadian Mint Golden Jubilee collector coins in popular demand Americans can get souvenirs "Fit for a Queen"



    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

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