Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The Royal Canadian Mint announced that its first collector coin of the year, the 2011 Silver Dollar, is dedicated to celebrating the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. This flagship of the Mint's annual collector coin program honours Canada's grandparents of green who, a century ago, made it their mission to preserve Canada's natural beauty for the enjoyment of future generations. By creating the world's first national parks system, Canada has made nature conservation a prized Canadian value and inspired countries around the world to protect their unique wilderness regions. This new Silver Dollar is available in a Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated finish, as a well as in a selectively gold-plated version found exclusively in the Mint's 2011 Proof Set.
The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to celebrate Canada's heritage, culture and values through beautifully crafted collector coins and we are delighted that our 2011 Proof Silver Dollar honour Parks Canada's priceless role in preserving Canada's natural wonders over the last 100 years. Canada's flora and fauna have prominently figured on Royal Canadian Mint coinage since we struck our first coin in 1908 and we are proud to continue celebrating Canada's love of the great outdoors on this coin and many more to follow.
- Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
One hundred years ago, Canada became the first country in the world to create a service entirely dedicated to the protection of national parks. The year ahead will be a time for Canadians to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada and our country's international leadership in protecting and presenting our collective heritage. I am delighted to kick off this year of celebrations with the launch of this beautiful coin - a great illustration of the splendour of Canada, an endless source of inspiration for us all.
- Alan Latourelle, CEO of Parks Canada
Designed by Quebec artist Luc Normandin, the rich imagery of this coin evokes Parks Canada's role in conserving Canada's flora and fauna. Four endangered ecological treasures are cradled in the hands of a young Canadian: a Whooping Crane (Grus americana), the Southern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris), a Western Fringed Prairie Orchid (Platanthera praeclara) and a Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus).
Limited to a mintage of 40,000, the 2011 Proof Silver Dollar is fashioned of sterling silver and is available for $55.95 CDN. The brilliant uncirculated version of this coin also retails for $49.95 CDN and is limited to a mintage of 25,000.
The same design is reproduced on a selectively gold-plated proof dollar coin, which is exclusive to the Mint's 2011 Proof Set. Only 45,000 sets, with a retail price of $114.95 CDN, are available world-wide.
Friday, January 14, 2011
The Royal Canadian Mint is posting results for the sale of its numismatic products in 2010 and is delighted to have sold out 25 collector coins over the last 12 months.
The Royal Canadian Mint prides itself on producing collector coins whose quality, innovation and craftsmanship set the gold standard for the minting industry and attract collectors from Canada and all over the world. The sell-out of an amazing 25 different collector products over the past year demonstrates the extraordinary appeal of our coins and strengthens our reputation for excellence.
- Ian E. Bennett, President and C.E.O. of the Royal Canadian Mint.
The products behind this resounding success include:
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