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Canada 2010 First Olympic Gold Medal on Canadian Soil - Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Special Edition $200 Gold Proof

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Faster...Higher...Stronger! Celebrate an unique moment in Olympic history, minted in 22-karat gold!

Limit Note- This coin sold out completely at the Mint in under 24 hours, and the total mintage is only 2,010! We reserve the right to limit quantities.

Sold out at the Mint!On Valentines Day 2010, Sunday February 14th, Alexandre Bilodeau of Rosemère, Québec won a Winter Olympic Gold Medal in men's moguls skiing at the Cypress Mountain venue of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. But his was no "ordinary" gold medal (if there could be said to be such a thing!).

Canadians celebrate wildly the victory of Alexandre Bilodeau in the men's moguls skiing event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on 14 February 2010, the very first gold medal ever won by a memberof Team Canada on Canadian soil.His victory was the first gold by a Canadian in any event at an Olympics held in Canada. Although there have been only two Olympics in Canada before Vancouver, there were 244 gold medals awarded in those games. It's hard to believe that Canada never won a gold during the Montreal Summer Olympics of 1976 or the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, but it's true, making this occasion a once-in-a-lifetime event. This unique gold proof commemorates the first gold medal won by a Canadian athlete on home soil!

Bilodeau’s breakthrough came in the 10th event of the Vancouver games and well past the point of panic for a country that invested about $6 billion in hosting and $110 million in preparing its athletes to “Own the Podium”, as the Canadian Olympic slogan proclaimed.

After disappointments stretching from the Battle of Brians in 1988 to Jenn Heil coming up short in women’s moguls just the night before, Canadians were holding their breath when Bilodeau stood at the start line, trying to beat the score posted by Dale Begg-Smith - himself a native Canadian, but competing for Australia.

Bilodeau moved into first with a swift, soaring run, then had to wait out one final foe. It proved worth the wait. At 6:29 p.m. local time (PST), Bilodeau stood atop the medals stand and bowed, revealing a large red maple leaf on the back of his white helmet as his prize was placed around his neck. Millions of folks from Yukon to Newfoundland were surely singing along to the national anthem “O Canada.”

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Investment Note
We can't recommend this one highly enough! The $200 gold proofs are always extremely popular, but this one sold out at the Mint in under 24 hours! Commemorating a momentous occasion in Canadian sports and Olympic history, and with an unbelievably low total mintage of only 2,010 (only half the usual limit for a $200 gold piece), we believe that this unique gold proof has only one direction to go - up!

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$200 Gold in full package
Obverse
Canadian Olympic gold medalist athlete Alexandre Bilodeau displays his Olympic gold medal and waves a victory bouquet of flowers, as behind him Canadians celebrate wildly and wave the Canadian maple leaf flag. The official Inukshuk logo of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, with the five Olympic rings, appear below. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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

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

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value 200 Dollars
Weight 16.00 g
Diameter 29.00 mm
Mintage Limit     2,010
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9167 Fine (22-Karat) Gold
alloyed with .0833 Fine Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Bonnie Ross
Certificate Individually Numbered

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