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Canada 2011 Shipping Trade - S.S. Beaver Paddle Wheel Steamship $200 Gold Proof with Black Laser Effect GX

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Celebrate the shipping trade with this steam-powered paddle wheel sailing ship, minted in 22-karat gold!

Sold out at the Mint! We don't give it even a passing thought, but on a daily basis we wear, drive and use goods from all over the world - all brought to us courtesy of the shipping trade! The engine of international commerce has relied on ships and the sea to bring products to market since ancient times. Canada is no exception to this, so it was a landmark in its commercial growth when the Hudson's Bay Company commissioned the first Canadian steamship, the S.S. Beaver. On this gold gem, handcrafted artistry and cutting-edge craftsmanship ensure ultra-crisp definition and relief. Laser technology that makes the steam shimmer in black and the high $200 face value make this low-mintage gold proof a must-have work of art!

A replica of S.S. Beaver, a paddle wheel sidewheeler and the first steamship in Canada.New this year - Lowest mintage limit ever for this series - only 2,800! (That's 1,200 less than last year!) We recommend this as a buy-and-hold investment and predict a fast sell-out.

For hundreds of years, sailing ships ruled the seas. They were the driving instrument of global exploration, settlement and trade. By the early eighteenth century, however, a new technology emerged that would supplant the sail. It was the steam engine. With this new source of internal power, ships were no longer at the fickle mercy of the shifting wind. As steam power improved, ships reduced the length of voyages by days, weeks, and even months, further expediting trade between all points of the globe!


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S.S. Beaver - Canada's First Steamship!
Beaver was built in London of British oak, elm, greenheart and teak, and was copper fastened and sheathed. Her length was 101 feet (31 m), and the beam over her paddle boxes was 33 feet (10 m). She was launched at Blackwall Yard on 9 May 1835 and left London on 29 August under the command of Captain David Home, and with the company's bark, Columbia, built at the same time and commanded by Captain Darby. Beaver was outfitted as a brig for the passage out, paddles unshipped, and came out via Cape Horn under sail alone. After calling at Juan Fernandez and Honolulu, she arrived off the Columbia River on 18 March 1836 and anchored off Fort Vancouver on 10 April. Here the paddles were shipped and boilers and engines connected.

S.S. Beaver, a paddle wheel sidewheeler and the first steamship in Canada.Beaver was used to service trading posts maintained by the Hudson's Bay Company between the Columbia River and Russian America (Alaska) and played an important role in helping maintain British control in British Columbia during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858-59. She also provided assistance to the Royal Navy at Bute Inlet during the Chilcotin War.

In 1862, Beaver was charted by the Royal Navy as Her Majesty’s Hired Survey Ship and spent seven years charting the coast of the Colony of British Columbia. She continued to serve the Hudson's Bay Company until 1874, when she was sold to serve as a freighter and towboat. In 1888, the Beaver ran aground on some rocks in the First Narrows of Vancouver Harbor, due to an inebriated crew, bringing to an end over 50 years of service by this pioneer steamship! Today, only a few relics of the Beaver remain - small fragments of the first steamship to operate on Canada’s northwest coast.

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Investment Note
This year the mintage limit of the $200 gold coin has been slashed significantly, from 4,000 to only 2,800! This is a very small mintage indeed for the latest entry in this heavily demanded series, so we recommend not waiting on this one. The $200 Historical Commerce & Trades Program has proven to be exceedingly popular, with most of the earlier issues currently unavailable. Consider too the highly collected sailing ship theme and add this gold gem to your portfolio today!

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Obverse
A finely engraved and dynamic depiction of S.S. Beaver, sailing past the wharf under her own steam power. The steam from her smokestack is accented using laser technology. 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") and mint mark also appear.

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Packaging

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.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 200 Dollars
Weight 16.00 g
Diameter 29.00 mm
Mintage Limit     2,800
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9167 Fine (22-Karat) Gold
alloyed with .0833 Fine Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist John Mardon
Certificate Individually Numbered

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