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Canada 2008 Royal Canadian Mint 100th Anniversary RCM Centennial Coin & Stamp Set with 50 Cents Silver Half Dollar Proof

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This jam-packed set, with proof silver half dollar and stamp in an oak case, offers an incredible value!

Sold out at the Mint!Celebrate the Royal Canadian Mint's 100th Anniversary with this elegant, value-priced set, perfect for a once-in-a-century bash! In addition to the full color, informative booklet, this set includes a proof silver half dollar portraying King Edward VII (and not Queen Elizabeth II!) and a high relief stamp illustrating the first coin ever struck at the Royal Canadian Mint. This elaborate (yet affordable!) package, including the 50 cent piece and the mint stamp block, is part of an intriguing program that also includes a(n)

    •  Official first day cover with a high relief 52¢ stamp
    •  Full pane of 52¢ stamps depicting the other 1908 coins, too
    •  Oversize, full-color book, with silver half dollar and colorful stamp
    •  Inventive, special edition gold-plated silver dollar
    •  Exquisite (and huge!) 5 ounce pure silver proof
    •  Massive (and massively rare!) 5 ounce pure gold proof

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All feature the meticulous attention to detail that have made the Royal Canadian Mint's collector coins famous the world over!

Royal Canadian Mint 100th Anniversary Coin and Stamp Set in wooden box

This high quality set, overflowing with numismatic and philatelic delicacies, captures the essence of Canada's world-renowned mint on the occasion of its centennial. Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information on the Royal Canadian Mint's origins, as well as its commitment to innovation and creating value.

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An Incredible Set, An Incredible Value!

Here's a package chock-full of goodies - and value! This affordable set includes the full color booklet, the proof silver centennial half dollar, and the mint block with stamp. All are strikingly displayed inside a handsome, solid wood presentation case protected by a full color outer sleeve. Whether intended as a gift for someone else or a reward for yourself, this set is sure to impress!

The Coin
A portrait of King Edward VII of Great Britain adorns this spectacular 2008 proof silver 50 Cents or Half Dollar coin from Canada, a faithful reproduction of the very first coin struck at the Royal Canadian Mint in OttawaThe dual-dated 1908-2008 50 Cents Centennial Silver Proof is a faithful, legal tender reproduction of the original 1908 half dollar, the first coin ever struck at the Ottawa mint. Just like the original, it features the effigy of King Edward VII on the obverse (making it only the second coin in Canadian history to be intentionally struck with a portrait of a non-reigning monarch), The maple leaf wreath and crown is on the reverse. This centennial coin is only available in this coin and stamp set and with the commemorative books.

A mint block of two, showing the new, 2008 first class 52 Cents postage stamp from CanadaThe Stamp
The full color, mint condition stamp features an incredibly-detailed image of the original 1908 half dollar (the first coin ever struck at the Royal Canadian Mint), by the artist Stéphane Huot. This historic coin was rendered at its actual size of 29 mm in diameter. To further accentuate the coin, the stamp features a high-relief image achieved through special embossing techniques, including micro-embossing! The goal, to give the impression that there is actually a three dimensional coin on the stamp, would seem to have been achieved!

This stamp is part of a mint block that also includes the obverse of the coin, with King Edward VII's portrait on it. The 52¢ denomination is Canada's current letter rate for a one ounce, first class domestic piece of mail. The high relief stamp is available as a first day cover, as a block of two in this coin and stamp set, and as a full pane of 16, which features the other Canadian coins minted in 1908 as well!

The Booklet
A portrait of King Edward VII of Great Britain adorns this spectacular 1908 50 Cents or Half Dollar coin from Canada, the very first coin struck at the Royal Canadian Mint in OttawaThe full color booklet that accompanies this set tells the story of the Ottawa-based RCM from its founding in 1908 to the present day. Vintage photos, historical facts and interesting tidbits will will pique your curiosity. In addition, full specifications and details for the coin are included. Each booklet is individually numbered as a certificate of authenticity.

Obverse
The silver proof centennial half dollar features a frosted cameo portrait of King Edward VII of Great Britain that is a faithful reproduction of the original from 1908. The legend EDWARDVS The Canada 2008 100th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mint RCM Centennial Coin & Stamp Set!VII DEI GRATIA REX IMPERATOR translates as "Edward VII, King and Emperor by the Grace of God".

Reverse

The dual dates 1908-2008 (to mark the commemoration) and the denomination are surmounted by the royal crown and surrounded by a wreath of maple leaves.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated, and the stamp block is safeguarded in a protective mount. Both are elegantly housed inside an impressive, solid oak presentation case with a beautiful metal plate attached, showing an impressive medallic engraving of the Mint's historic building in Ottawa! The interior is lined with elegant black velvet. A full color outer sleeve enhances and protects the set. A full-color booklet about the mint with an individually-numbered certificate of authenticity and full specifications is also included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2008
   
Face Value (Set)    1 Dollar and 2 Cents (50¢ Coin + 52¢ Stamp)
Weight 11.62 g
Diameter 29.72 mm
Mintage Limit 16,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Royal Canadian Mint engravers
Certificate Individually Numbered

100 Years of History
On January 2, 1908 the regal edifice east of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario was the scene of much pomp and pageantry. On hand were the elite from Canada's financial and political The Royal Canadian Mint's stately world headquarters building in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canadacircles. History was made when Governor General Earl Grey struck the nation's first domestically-produced coin, a 50 cent piece bearing the portrait of King Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria. A few moments later, the first bronze cent was struck by Lady Grey.

For a young Canada, the opening of the Ottawa branch mint of London's Royal Mint was a confident step forward, even if control over its coin designs and tools remained overseas. All this changed dramatically in 1931, when the Royal Canadian Mint was transferred to Canada's federal government, and again in 1936, when the first "all-Canadian" coin designs, still used today (such as the 1 cent maple leaf, the 5 cent beaver, the 10 cent Bluenose schooner and the 25 cent caribou) were introduced.

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100 Years of Innovation
From the beginning, ingenuity has been a hallmark of the RCM, with a revolutionary gold coin plating process, holograms minted directly on the coins, the purest 99.999% numismatic gold coin and a colored circulation coin just a few of its internationally renowned "firsts."

In 1979 a brand new, high speed, state-of-the-art facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba took the automated production of circulation coins to new heights while the Ottawa establishment continued to focus on numismatic coins for the collector, as well as bullion, refining and assaying services.

Today people still flock to the stately building on Sussex Drive to see the captivating process of transforming metal into coins. The words "Royal Mint" above the entrance, along with the Royal Coat of Arms, serve to reflect the Royal Canadian Mint's British heritage and its enduring link with the United Kingdom.

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100 Years of Value
Now, a full century later, the Royal Canadian Mint continues to create real value for its customers, from the most well-heeled collector to the man on the street. From striking circulation coins for dozens of other nations worldwide, to developing the most dramatic stable of proprietary technologies to enhance the artistically engraved designs of commemorative coins, to providing low-mintage rarities for collectors and investors alike, the RCM remains a world leader in the field of literally "making money".

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