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Wednesday, March 06 2019 - 05:31
The Royal Canadian Mint Showcases Explorer John Cabot's Famous Ship to Celebrate the Passage of 70 Years since Newfoundland and Labrador Joined Confederation
OTTAWA, Ontario, March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue an impressive new silver coin that 
recaptures the design of the 1949 Silver Dollar celebrating Newfoundland and 
Labrador's transformation from a British colony to Canada's newest province 70 
years ago.  This coin features the Matthew, the sailing vessel which intrepid 
European explorer John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland's shores in 1497.  When 
Master Engraver Thomas Shingles first hand-carved the reverse of this coin, it 
became an instant classic, prized its graceful and meticulous design.  Now, it 
can be enjoyed even more on the scale of a 5 oz. 99.99% pure silver coin whose 
obverse also features the effigy of His Majesty King George VI, just as it 
appeared on the original.  This special coin, as well as several other finely 
crafted collectibles, is available for purchase as of today.  

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Creativity shines on the four square coins composing the 2019 $3 Fine Silver 
Coin Set – The Elements. Designed by Toronto artist Rebecca Yanovskaya, each 
coin illustrates one of the elements: fire, air, earth and water.  This coin 
was first inspired by the suggestion of a member of the Mint's Masters Club (a 
loyalty program managed by the Royal Canadian Mint), Mr. Bernard Dumais of 
Levis, QC.  Each of these is enhanced by a motif of red, yellow, brown and 
green maple leaves, evoking each element.  Arranged together, the coins form a 
circular image representing the cycle of Canada's changing seasons. 

Another historic coin steps into the spotlight with the 2019 $20 Fine Silver 
Coin – 40th Anniversary of the Gold Maple Leaf.  The signature design of one of 
the world's favourite gold bullion coins is faithfully preserved on a 
double-incuse coin, with its central design features sunken into the surface of 
the coin: a sugar maple leaf on the reverse and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen 
Elizabeth II on the obverse.  As an extra tribute to the bullion coin it 
honours, the image of the maple leaf is selectively gold-plated.       

Other coins on offer this month include:

    -- The 2019 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Canadian Fauna: The Fox, designed by 
       Saltspring Island, BC artist W. Allan Hancock; 
    -- The 2019 $250 Pure Gold Coin – Eternal Blessing Pysanka, an Easter egg-
       shaped coin featuring a symbolically rich engraving of a multi-tiered 
       Ukrainian church by Toronto artist Dave Melnychuk; 
    -- The 2019 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Hatching Hadrosaur, designed by renowned 
       paleoartist Julius Csotonyi; 
    -- The 2019 $100 Fine Silver Coin – Canadian Maples, a 10 oz., 99.99% pure 
       silver coin where engraved maple leaf boughs recall Canada's early 
    -- The 2019 Special Wrap Roll Collection – First Strikes, featuring rolls 
       of each of Canada's current circulating denominations; 
    -- The 2019 5-Ounce Fine Silver Coin – Big Coin Series: 5-Cent Coin; 
    -- The 2019 $3 Fine Silver Coin – Celebrating Canadian Fun and Festivities 
       – Maple Syrup Tasting, designed by Steve Hepburn; and 
    -- The 2019 $5 Fine Silver Coin –Zodiac Series: Aries, designed by Jori Van 
       Der Linde.

Mintages, pricing and full background information on each product can be found 
on the "Shop" tab of  Coin images are available here ( ).

All of these products can be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 
in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Mint's web site. The coins are 
also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg, 
as well as through our global network of dealers and distributors, including 
participating Canada Post outlets.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting 
and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. 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. For more information on the Mint, its products and 
services, visit

Alex Reeves, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Tel: (613) 949-5777, 

SOURCE  Royal Canadian Mint