Thursday, October 13, 2011
On october 6, the Royal Canadian Mint was pleased to cap off the celebration of Parks Canada's centennial year by unveiling five new commemorative circulation coins which immortalize Canadians' pride in their legendary natural heritage and capture their trademark passion for the great outdoors. The commemorative circulation coins unveiled by Canadian government officials and representatives of Parks Canada and the Mint, at a public ceremony hosted at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec include: the 2011 Parks Canada Centennial one-dollar circulation coin; the 2011 Boreal Forest two-dollar circulation coin; and three new 25-cent circulation coins (half of which will be coloured) featuring the Orca, Peregrine Falcon and Wood Bison. The 2011 Parks Canada Centennial one-dollar coin will begin circulating in the coming weeks, followed by the remaining 2011 commemorative circulation coins later this year, and in early 2012.
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The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to help Canadians celebrate their country's legendary natural heritage with five new commemorative circulation coins honouring our great outdoors and a century of nature conservation by Parks Canada.
I am very pleased that Canadians of all ages will be able to collect these coins as keepsakes of their fondest memories of our national parks, our forests, and our precious wildlife.
This new series of commemorative circulation coins from the Royal Canadian Mint captures the essence of Canada's natural, historical and cultural treasures," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. "By creating the world's first national parks service, Canada has made nature conservation a prized Canadian value and inspired countries around the world to protect their unique wilderness regions.
- Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint
The Mint will also be introducing a series of finely crafted gold and silver collector coins in early November 2011 to complement this compelling series of commemorative circulation coins. Themes will include the boreal forest, the orca, the wood bison and the peregrine falcon.
In January 2011, the Mint also dedicated its annual silver dollar collector coin to the centennial of Parks Canada.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Perth Mint has unveiled the world's largest and most valuable gold coin.
Weighing in at just over one tonne, the 99.99 per cent pure gold coin has been valued at more than $50 million.
A team of a dozen people have worked since late last year to create the coin which measures 80 centimetres wide and 12 centimetres deep, featuring a kangaroo on one side and the Queen's motif on the other.
The largest coin in the world up to now has been 100 kilograms, made by a competitor mint, and we thought well, we'd better make it so much bigger that it'll stay the biggest coin in the world for a long time.
To cast and handcraft a coin of this size and weight was an incredible challenge - one which few other mints would even consider.
- Ed Harbuz, Perth Mint chief executive
Source : ABC
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Focus groups have been formed recently to look at the future banknotes in order to find potential controversies.
According to the report, have seen a sex object instead of seeing a DNA structure on the 100$ bill. Furthermore, most people have also seen the outline of a woman's body. Others saw a skull and bones.
The overall purpose of the research was to disaster check the $50 and $100 notes among the general public and cash handlers.
Polymer banknotes should be available by November 2011.
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