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New 2009 Royal Canadian Mint Coins
by  Royal Canadian Mint

Six String Nation Guitar, Tyrannosaurus Rex and 99.999% Pure Gold Pitcher
Plant coins among latest coins to grace Mint's numismatic portfolio

Today, the Royal Canadian Mint launched a
string of new products which will once more strike a chord with coin
collectors and gift givers looking for unique and finely crafted coins. A new
triangle-shaped coin, honouring Canada's Six String Nation Guitar, fronts a
host of new entries from popular series such as Dinosaurs, Provincial Flowers,
the 1/25th ounce pure gold coin, Playing Card Money and Ultra-High Relief
Royal Effigies. The return of the classic 50-cent circulation coin roll and a
new limited-edition 25-cent coin honouring Quebec's Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay
landmark complete the bill.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to pay tribute to compelling symbols of
Canadian identity which speak to Canada's heritage, culture and values through
collector coins which routinely stand out as among the world's best," said Ian
E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The newest
collector coins of 2009 continue to express the Mint's passion for quality and
innovation which attract coin collectors from across Canada and around the
The following are descriptions of the new products being introduced.


The dreams of Canadian broadcaster Jowi Taylor are reborn in the Mint's
newest triangular 50-cent coin honouring the all-Canadian Six String Nation
Guitar. This coin's intriguing resemblance to a guitar pick makes it an ideal
backdrop against which the story of this unique Canadian symbol can be shared
and preserved from coast to coast. Mr. Taylor's vision took shape in 1995 when
he undertook to build an object made from pieces of artefacts collected from
all over Canada. He settled on the idea of making a guitar after a chance
meeting with luthier George Rizsanyi.
After 10 years of collecting rare objects such as pieces of Maurice
Richard's Stanley Cup Ring, Pierre Trudeau's canoe paddle and the deck of the
Bluenose II, this unique creation made its debut in Ottawa on Canada Day 2006,
where it was played by several acclaimed Canadian artists performing at the
Parliament Hill celebrations.
The reverse of the nickel-plated steel coin features a hologram insert
which vividly depicts the vibrating strings of the Six String Nation Guitar.
The coin is enclosed in a folder recounting the intricate tale of one of
Canada's newest national treasures. Limited to a mintage of 30,000, the Six
String Nation Guitar coin is available for $34.95 CDN.


The selectively oxidized Dinosaur Collection four-coin series continues
with its third installment: the 2009 $4 Silver Tyrannosaurus Rex Coin. To
celebrate Canada's reputation as a world-class source of dinosaur fossils, the
"king" of the dinosaurs is showcased in striking realism on this innovative
pure silver coin. Only 20,000 coins, with a suggested retail price of $42.95
CDN, are available world-wide.


The 12th in a series started in 1998, Newfoundland and Labrador's
official flower, the Pitcher Plant, is the subject of the Mint's 2009 $350
pure gold coin. This newest edition to Canadian floral emblems is honoured in
the finest numismatic gold coin in the world, made of 99.999% pure gold. The
reverse of this exquisite coin was designed by Newfoundland resident and
renowned botanical artist Julie Wilson. Limited to a worldwide mintage of
1,400, this coin retails for $2,149.95 CDN.


The continuation of the Royal Canadian Mint's ultra-high relief "double
effigy" silver coins features King George VI, Canada's sovereign from 1936 to
1952. The next and final issue from this five-coin series will showcase Queen
Elizabeth II. This design, as well as all others appearing in this series was
approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Bearing a $15 denomination, this
visually impressive, frosted effigy is set against a proof field. These coins
were struck four times and hand polished in order to achieve their dramatic
appearance. Limited to a world-wide mintage of 10,000, this coin retails for
$104.95 CDN.


A new card has been cut from the deck as the third issue of the Royal
Canadian Mint's new Playing Card Money silver coin series features the $15 Ten
of Spades. This rectangular-shaped coin evokes an unusual period in early
Canadian history when the Governor of New France resolved a shortage of hard
currency by seizing all playing cards in the colony and re-issuing all cards
bearing his signature as currency. This unique form of currency is revived in
a beautifully painted sterling silver coin designed from artwork preserved by
Library and Archives Canada and featuring a selectively gold-plated rim.
Appealing to coin collectors and avid card players alike, only 25,000 of
these finely crafted coins are available world-wide, each retailing for $94.95


The smallest gold coin ever produced by the Mint is also the most
affordable to be purely made of this increasingly precious metal. For 2009,
the 1/25 oz 99.99% pure gold coin is dedicated to the Red Maple, the most
abundant and widespread tree in eastern Canada, ranging from southern
Newfoundland to south eastern Manitoba. This coin is limited to a world-wide
mintage of 15,000 and retails for $99.95 CDN.


In 2009, the 35 mm-diameter 25-cent nickel-plated steel coin shifts to a
striking landmark perched on the dramatic cliffs overlooking Quebec's
world-famous Saguenay Fjord. The 10.5-metre, three-ton statue of
Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, designed by Louis Jobin, was erected in 1881 and has
since become a regional emblem, watching over sailors and ship's passengers
for more than 125 years. This coin is available for $14.95 CDN, while supplies
Two other popular issues are making their return in 2009: the 25-cent
coloured Canada Day coin and the 2009 edition of the 50-cent piece in a
commemorative paper wrap roll. Retailing for $ 14.95 CDN, the Canada Day coin
features Churchill the Polar Bear with his loon, beaver and caribou friends in
a package including a postcard and magnetic picture frame. The 2009 50-cent
coin roll is limited to 6,000 rolls and retails for $19.95 CDN.
All of the Mint's products are available directly from the Mint at
1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at
www.mint.ca. The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's global
network of dealers and distributors.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the
minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000
certified company, the 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. The
Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin
program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide,
while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit
www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.


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