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Canada 2009 Holiday Traditions #3 - Hanging the Christmas Stockings & Tree $4 Pure Silver Proof

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What could be more charming than two bright-eyed children hanging their stockings on the fireplace mantle?

Sold out at the Mint! Like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting that captures the essence of pure Americana, the artists at the Royal Canadian Mint have executed a touching holiday scene of nostalgic beauty. Two kids innocently hang their stockings on the fireplace mantle; one wears a stocking cap with a ball tassel, while the other is wearing one piece "footie" pajamas! One can imagine their anticipation of Santa Claus and with what he might fill up those stockings! A pine wreath hangs over the fireplace, and presents are wrapped with care beneath the carefully decorated Christmas tree. We know that Santa Claus will soon be there, as there are logs in the fireplace - but no fire!

An old time scene of a holiday fireplace mantle with traditional stockings filled with gifts!The Tradition of Hanging the Stockings
Stockings hanging from the fireplace are a sure sign that a season of fun and excitement is about to begin. But there was a time when hanging stockings was an everyday sight, as people regularly dried their clothes by the fire. One can almost imagine a parent or husband slipping a small gift into a stocking as a surprise...the worldÂ’s first "stocking-stuffer," perhaps?

The link between stockings and Christmas began to emerge with the legend of Saint Nicholas and one account of how he helped a poor man acquire dowries for his unwed daughters. Saint Nicholas dropped three small bags of gold down the chimney and into the stockings where they were discovered by three delighted daughters the following morning.

Centuries later, Clement Moore (1779-1863) wrote his instantly recognizable verse,
    ...The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
    in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there!
and the tradition gained popularity as never before. Stockings became a fixture in Christmas celebrations. To this day, they are eagerly hung in anticipation of the Holidays and regularly checked by excited children wondering if Santa Claus has finally arrived.

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Nothing brings on a bout of nostalgia for an old fashioned Christmas than the charming and heartfelt artistry of American Norman RockwellThis is the third coin in the annual Holiday Traditions series of pure silver proofs, following last year's Christmas Carolers and Tree and 2007's Wintertime Sleigh Ride Silver Proof. The superb designers and engravers at the Royal Canadian Mint have continued last year's theme of the Christmas tree and the old-fashioned look of the design. This is traditional engraving and design at its finest, and will be an inspiring gift for anyone who appreciates the thoughts of traditional Christmas activities.

Nothing says "Christmas fun" like helping the kids hang the stockings on the mantle, but owning a meticulously-engraved silver proof that captures the memories is a close second!

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Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2009 Hanging The Stockings $4 Silver Coin in boxObverse

A family gathers outside around their Christmas tree to sing from their Christmas Carol books. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. The date and denomination are also indicated.


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 D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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.


SpecificationsChristmas Tree
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2008
Face Value 4 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit    15,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Tony Bianco
Certificate Individually Numbered

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