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Canada 2008 Gold Louis (Louis d'Or) Shipwreck $1 Pure Gold Dollar Proof

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The world's smallest pure gold dollar is amazingly affordable and features the coin-on-coin design of a sea-salvaged shipwreck Louis d'Or!

Sold out at the Mint!During the 17th and 18th centuries, the inhabitants of New France faced many hardships, including chronic shortages. Nearly all manufactured goods had to be imported from the motherland, and were therefore incredibly scarce, including coins! Nonetheless, French coins, especially gold, were a cornerstone of commerce in New France. Shipped across the treacherous Atlantic Ocean, many were lost at sea, only to become the coveted prize of treasure hunters centuries later. Such was the case with the 1723 Louis d'or Mirliton and the 1726 Louis d'or aux lunettes.

The reverse of an original 1721 gold Louis (Louis d'or) from France This new, pure gold dollar replicates the design of the famous Louis d'or aux deux L (Gold Louis with two Ls), issued between 1720 and 1723. This historic gold piece is believed to have voyaged safely across the ocean. Historians think that the 1721 issue did indeed circulate among the colony's merchants and officials. They cite a letter dated July 1, 1721 indicating new gold coins were being shipped to Philippe de Rigaud de Vaudreuil, Governor General of New France at the time.

No archaeological evidence to support this fact has been uncovered and the true fate of the 1721 Louis d'Or on this side of the Atlantic remains as captivating as its successors that were claimed by the sea - an elusive treasure waiting to be discovered!

Now the thrill of discovery can be yours with these historically significant, coin-on-coin design gold pieces.

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Investment Note
The obverse of an original 1721 gold Louis (Louis d'or) from France This Louis d'Or is only the third commemorative 1/20 ounce pure gold dollar coin ever minted and issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. The first four 1/25 ounce pure gold coins (2004 Moose, 2005 Voyageurs, 2006 Cowboy and 2007 Lone Wolf) sold out quickly and are hard to find. However, they each had a mintage limit of 20,000 or 25,000, whereas the Gold Louis has a mintage limit of only 10,000, and at a price that's only slightly higher. In addition, small gold coins have recently become particularly desirable because of their affordability and collectibility. Add all this together and it looks like a quick sell out is in store for the Gold Louis, so get yours today!

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting and refining technologies of the Royal Canadian Mint have brought us this petite gold dollar, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Canada 2008 Gold Louis in boxObverse
The very interesting heraldic design from a Louis d'Or of 1721 is featured on the obverse. This consists of left-facing and right-facing letter "L"s, surmounted by a crown, with three fleur-de-lis in the fields. The Latin legend CHRISTUS REGNAT VINCIT IMPERAT translates as "Christ Reigns, Conquers and Commands".

A frosted cameo portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2008
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 1.581 g
Diameter 14.1 mm
Mintage Limit     10,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Artist Royal Canadian Mint Engravers
Certificate Individually Numbered


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