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Canada 2010 Navy Centennial 100th Anniversary - Cruiser HMCS Niobe and Frigate HMCS Halifax Coin & Stamps Set with $1 Aureate Dollar with 24-Karat Gold Plating

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This jam-packed coin & stamps set celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy & features two warships!

Canada is a vast nation, bordered by three major oceans, so its no surprise that it has the largest coastline in the world. For the past century, the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) have stood their guard at sea, protecting the country from threats as diverse as totalitarianism, terrorism, resource exploitation, pollution violation, narcotics trafficking and illegal immigration. As the warships of Canada’s navy continue to defend the nation’s interests in home waters and around the world, the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the navy's 100th anniversary with a stupendous coin program. The obverse of the dollar coin (designed by Nova Scotia artist Bonnie Ross) features a modern Halifax-class frigate, saluted by a sailor of 1910 and a contemporary female naval officer. An anchor at the top of the design represents Canada’s naval service.

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This two-stamp mint block or souvenir sheet of postage stamps depicts the the World War I era 6-inch gun protected cruiser HMCS Niobe, the second ship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 1910, as well as the modern, Canadian guided missile frigate HMCS Halifax (hull pennant number 330), a powerful warship of the Royal Canadian Navy.An Incredible Set, An Incredible Value!
Here's a package chock-full of goodies - and jam-packed with value! This affordable set includes a full color booklet, the gold-plated Navy Centennial dollar, and a full-color, two-stamp souvenir sheet in mint condition. All are strikingly displayed inside a handsomely illustrated, real metal presentation case. Whether intended as a gift for someone else or a reward for yourself, this set is sure to impress!

The commemorative stamp issues depict the past and present of Canada’s naval service. “The two stamps were designed as separate artworks, but they appear as one canvas. They share the same painterly sky, marine life and open sea environments. The two ships, though of different eras, appear as part of the same fleet,” notes designer Andrew Perro of Toronto. “One of Canada’s first warships, the cruiser HMCS Niobe, sails alongside a modern frigate, HMCS Halifax - a feature that speaks to the passage of time, capturing the magnitude of this major centennial milestone.” The design is complimented by crisp typography and marine-inspired colors in the selvage.

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HMCS Niobe
The World War I era 6-inch gun protected cruiser HMCS Niobe, was the second ship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 1910.HMCS Niobe was the first large warship of the Royal Canadian Navy. She was launched in Great Britain in 1897, with a main battery of 16 six inch guns. She and the light cruiser HMS Rainbow were given to the Dominion of Canada to form part of the new and independent Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). She was transferred to the RCN on September 6, 1910, commissioning at Devonport Dockyard and reaching Halifax on October 21 that year.

With the outbreak of the First World War she joined the Royal Navy's 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station. She was engaged in intercepting German ships along the American coast for a year. After these patrol duties, she became a depot ship in Halifax. Classes at the Royal Naval College of Canada were held on HMCS Niobe, to train cadets. Damaged in the massive 1917 Halifax Explosion, she was scrapped in the 1920s.

As the first large ship in the Royal Canadian Navy, Niobe's name has considerable symbolic importance in Canada. Models and collections of artifacts from Niobe can be found at several Canadian museums including the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Maritime Command Museum in Halifax.

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The modern, Canadian guided missile frigate HMCS Halifax (hull pennant number 330), a powerful warship of the Royal Canadian Navy.HMCS Halifax
HMCS Halifax is the namesake of a class of modern frigate warships. She was laid down in St. John, New Brunswick in 1987, launched a year later, and commissioned in 1992. Her hull pennant number is 330. She is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is homeported at CFB Halifax in her namesake city, Halifax, a name that was also born by HMCS Halifax (K237), a Flower Class Corvette of World War II, as well as the very first warship built in Halifax, HMS Halifax (built in 1768).

Within hours of the massive earthquake that ravaged Haiti in January 2010, HMCS Halifax and HMCS Athabaskan (an Iroquois-class destroyer) were dispatched to provide humanitarian aid. They remained on station for two months enabling humanitarian efforts. The Canadian Navy’s swift response to Haiti’s unexpected disaster was a fitting representation of a century of rapid responses to crises. Since its beginning, The Royal Canadian Navy has, over and over, successfully adapted to meet the numerous challenges thrown in its path.

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Navy Centennial Coin Program
The World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes. The Mint has released an outstanding program of coins in honor of the Canadian Navy, including both aureate, circulating commemorative dollars as well as numismatic silver dollars. All feature warships. This silver dollar design is available in 3 different varieties. The program comprises:

    •  Loonie-style aureate dollar with HMCS Halifax
    •  Coin & Stamps Set with HMCS Niobe and HMCS Halifax
    •  A Brilliant Uncirculated Dollar in presentation case
    •  A Proof Dollar in presentation case
    •  The 8 Coin Silver Proof Set with special gold-plated Navy dollar

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The Royal Canadian Navy
The Naval Service Act brought the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) into being on May 4, 1910. When the First World War broke out, the RCN had fewer than 350 sailors and only two warships. (One of these, the 6-inch gun cruiser HMCS Niobe, is pictured on the Centennial stamp release in theNavy Coin & Stamp Set. She was the second ship commissioned into the RCN.) By the end of the Second World War, the RCN had grown into one of the world’s greatest naval forces, with roughly 100,000 men and women and a fleet of 365 warships!

Over the years, the RCN (now called the Canadian Navy or Maritime Command (MARCOM), the naval element of the Canadian Forces) has served in all the major theaters of war, and is a great source of pride to Canadians. For example, the Royal Canadian Navy was a valuable component of Canada’s contribution to NATO. Today the Navy provides humanitarian relief on numerous occasions, and has participated in the campaign against terrorism, and in other domestic and international maritime operations.

For a more detailed presentation on the modern Canadian Navy, please see the feature lower on this page.

The Royal Canadian Mint Navy Centennial Coin & Stamps Set in an elaborate and handsome gift, housed in a solid metal presentation case.Click here for more coins with a military theme!

The modern frigate HMCS Halifax plows through the waves while being saluted by a seaman from 1910 and a contemporary female naval officer. The anchor at the top of the design represents Canada’s naval service. The legend NAVY 1910-2010 MARINE denotes the theme. The denomination is also displayed.

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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The coin and stamps are housed in a silver metal, square shaped presentation case. A full-color booklet about the Royal Canadian Navy is also included.

SpecificationsThe World War I era 6-inch gun protected cruiser HMCS Niobe, was the second ship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 1910.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
Face Value 2 Dollars and 14 Cents ($1 Coin + 2 x 57¢ Stamps)
Weight 7.00 g
Diameter 26.50 mm
Mintage Limit     20,000
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated with 24-Karat Gold Plating
Composition Aureate (nickel plated with bronze)
Edge Plain, 11-Sided
Artist Bonnie Ross

The Canadian Navy
Canadian Forces Maritime Command (MARCOM), also known as the Canadian Navy, is the maritime division of the Canadian Forces. While equal in rank and position, the Chief of the Maritime Staff takes precedence over the Chiefs of the Land and Air Staffs following the tradition of the Royal Navy.

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The World War II escort ship HMCS Sackville, the last of the Flower class corvettes. MARCOM is the descendant of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), which was Canada's naval service from 1910 until February 1, 1968. Prior to 1910, the Royal Navy provided the maritime defense of Canada. In 1968, the RCN was merged with the army and air force to form the Canadian Armed Forces. MARCOM's ships are commissioned as Her Majesty's Canadian Ships; the initial HMCS designates them as the ships of Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces. As of 2008, there were 33 warships (including 4 submarines), 9,000 regular force sailors, and 4,000 reserve sailors in MARCOM.

With its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, MARCOM has command and control of three formations:
   1)  Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) comprises the Canadian Fleet Atlantic, and has responsibility for Canada's Atlantic Area of Responsibility including the eastern Arctic. MARLANTHQ is based at CFB Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
   2)  Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) comprises the Canadian Fleet Pacific and has responsibility for Canada's Pacific Area of Responsibility that includes the Western half of the Canadian Arctic. MARPACHQ is based at CFB Esquimalt near Victoria, British Columbia.
   3)  The Naval Reserve Headquarters (NAVRESHQ), located at the Pointe-a-Carcy Naval Complex, in Quebec City, Quebec, responsible for 24 Naval Reserve divisions across the country. The base is also home to Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec and HMCS Montcalm.

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