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Canada 2014 Royal Tour 1939 Visit 75th Anniversary - King George VI and Queen Elizabeth $25 Double Portrait Ultra High Relief Medallic Pure Silver Proof

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Commemorate the Royal Tour of 1939, including the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the United States, with this pure silver, ultra high relief medallic proof!

The 1939 Royal Tour of Canada was a cross-continent royal visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, lasting from May 17 to June 15, 1939. This first-ever North American tour by the British Royals including a visit to the United States on June 7–10. It was the first visit of a reigning monarch to Canada, as well as the first time a British monarch had set foot in the United States. The royal couple visited every Canadian province as well as the Dominion of Newfoundland. The tour was an enormous event, attracting huge crowds at each new city. The timing of this first-ever royal tour was no accident. It was very specifically scheduled, with a distinct political purpose: to shore up support and sympathy for Great Britain in both Canada and the United States on the eve of World War II,  in anticipation of hostilities with Nazi Germany. As it turned out, war broke out in Europe just 2-1/2 months after the royal tour ended.

King_George_VI_and_Queen_Elizabeth_on_Platform_of_Royal_Train_Royal_Tour_1939The Royal Canadian Mint and Talisman Coins commemorate the Royal Tour of 1939 with this three-coin program, including two pure silver and one .99999 fine (5 9s) gold proofs, two of which are struck in medallic-styleultra high relief:

  1)  Royal Visit $20 Pure Silver with Antique Finish
            Mintage only 5,000

  2)  Royal Visit $25 Pure Silver Ultra High Medallic Relief Proof
            Mintage only 6,000

  3)  Royal Visit $200 Double Portrait 99.999% Gold Ultra High Relief
            Mintage only 500

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The Royal Tour of 1939
History was made when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Canada in 1939. It was the first time a reigning monarch had ever traveled to North America, and for a young nation eager to flex its muscles of independence, the royal tour provided the perfect opportunity. Eight years earlier, a number of colonies had gained full sovereignty from British rule under the Statute of Westminster; for Canada, the Royal Tour would breathe life into that legal document in a real and dramatic way.

The royal tour was more than two years in the making; a grand, 29-day voyage across Canada from east to west and back again, almost 10,000 miles by rail. The royal train featured the best carriage cars that Canadian Pacific and the Canadian National Railway had to offer, with two specially fitted convertible McLaughlin-Buicks on board to transport the royal couple in cities and towns along the way.

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The King and Queen arrived in the city of Québec aboard the royal yacht HMY Empress of Australia on May 17, 1939. Huge crowds of adoring well-wishers waited to greet them. This scene was repeated again and again as the royal train made its way from the city of Québec to Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver where the King and Queen where ferried to Victoria escorted by naval warships and air force planes.

The return trip followed a more northerly route through Jasper and Edmonton. Every village and town greeted the King and Queen with the same enthusiasm that had welcomed them in the city of Québec. At Niagara Falls, the royal train made a detour to the United States before returning to Canada near Montréal. From there, it traveled through Quebec's Eastern Townships, up the St. Lawrence River to St. John and Charlottetown. In Halifax, the King and Queen gave their farewell radio address, but this would not be their final function. After leaving port on June 15th aboard RMS Empress of Britain, the Royals visited Newfoundland, their final stop on the historic royal tour that will forever reign as a turning point in Canada's evolution into a mature and sovereign nation.

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Technical Note
The Royal Canadian Mint is applying its expertise in the design, engraving and striking of medals and medallic art to this coin, which features a royal portrait struck in ultra high medallic relief. Each planchet or blank is individually hand-polished before it is quadruple-struck. This exceptional technique is normally reserved for large medals and medallions, but has been applied to this coin to create an effigy that literally rises from the coin’s surface, like a sculpture. The edge of the coin is plain, not reeded, unlike most Canadian commemorative and collector coins, in keeping with its medallic nature. Slight differences in the frosted cameo relief and proof-like fields are normal for this high-relief striking process, just as they are with high relief medals.

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Purity Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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An ultra high relief, frosted cameo engraving of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Royal Canadian Mint engravers re-created the King’s military hat to accurately represent the attire he wore during the royal tour of 1939. Royal Canadian Mint engravers reproduced archival photographs from the royal tour of 1939. The date and denomination are both indicated.

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A cameo proof portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsSculptor Mary Gillick created this image of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 for use on coinage.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2014
Face Value 25 Dollars
Weight 30.76 g
Diameter 36 mm
Mintage Limit    6,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
Artist Royal Canadian Mint engravers
Certificate Individually Numbered
The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
The collective term Crown Jewels refers to the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and at various other state functions. These include the following objects: the crowns, scepters, orbs, swords, rings, spurs, colobium sindonis, dalmatic, armill, and the royal robe or pall, as well as several other objects connected with the ceremony itself.

Scepter with the Cross The oldest set of Crown Jewels, dating from the Anglo-Saxon period, were lost by John of England near the Wash in 1216. A replacement set was made shortly afterwards which was later joined by the addition of Welsh prince Llywelyn's coronet in 1284. This replacement set was stolen from Westminster Abbey in 1303 although most, if not all, were recovered days later from the window of a London jeweler's shop (resulting in dire consequences for the shopkeeper).

Oliver Cromwell melted down most of the original Crown Jewels of his era after the establishment of the Commonwealth in 1649. Upon the Restoration of Charles II, most of the regalia had to be replaced. The only pieces to survive from before the Civil War are three swords and a spoon.

The British Crown Jewels easily constitute the most valuable jewelry collection in existence. The three most impressive pieces are described below; all can be seen in the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II earlier in this presentation.

The Scepter with the Cross was made in 1661, and is so called because it is surmounted by a cross. In 1905, it was redesigned to incorporate the Cullinan I, also known as the Great Star of Africa, which at over 530 carats (106 g) is the largest cut diamond in the world. During the coronation, the monarch bears the Scepter with the Cross in the right hand.

The Sovereign's Orb, a type of globus cruciger, is a hollow golden sphere made in 1661. There is a band of jewels running along the center, and a half-band on the top hemisphere. Surmounting the orb is a jeweled Cross representing the Sovereign's role as Defender of the Faith. For a part of the coronation, it is borne in the Sovereign's left hand.

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Of all the Crown Jewels, the most valuable is the Imperial State Crown, featured on this magnificent coin. The Crown is generally worn at the end of a coronation when the new monarch departs from Westminster Abbey and is not traditionally the actual crown used at the moment of coronation. However it was actually worn during the ceremony by Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, both of whom complained about the weight of the normally-used crown, St. Edward's Crown.

The Imperial State Crown is of a design similar to St. Edward's Crown; it includes a base of four crosses pattee alternating with four fleurs-de-lis, above which are four half-arches surmounted by a cross. Inside is a deep purple velvet cap with an ermine border. The Crown includes an incredible number of precious gems, including 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies!

Among these are several world-famous jewels. The cross atop the Crown is set with a stone known as St. Edward's Sapphire, a sapphire taken from the ring (or possibly coronet) of Edward the Confessor. The Black Prince's Ruby is set on the front cross pattee. Furthermore, the famous Cullinan II Diamond, or Lesser Star of Africa, is set on the front of the Crown.

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The Black Prince's RubyThe Black Prince's Ruby
The Black Prince's Ruby is actually a bead-shaped spinel weighing roughly 170 carats (34 g), that is, the size of a chicken egg! It is one of the oldest of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, with a known history dating back to the middle of the 14th century and having been in the possession of the British kings since it was given in 1367 to its namesake, Edward of Woodstock (the "Black Prince").

What is a spinel? Until fairly modern times, all red gemstones were referred to as "rubies". It was only relatively recently that the rarer spinel has been differentiated from the more common ruby. The two gemstones can be distinguished on the basis of hardness and density - a ruby is slightly harder and denser than a spinel. The two stones can also be told apart by their optical properties: a true ruby is dichroic while a spinel is singly refractive.

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Cullinan DiamondThe Cullinan Diamonds (Stars of Africa)
The original, intact Cullinan Diamond was found by Frederick Wells, surface manager of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa on June 25 1905. It is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, at 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g). The stone was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of the diamond mine.

The stone was bought by the Transvaal government and presented to King Edward VII of Great Britain. However, transport from South Africa to England posed a bit of a problem with regard to security. Well-known detectives from London were placed on a steamer ship that was rumored to carry the stone, but this was a diversionary tactic. The stone on that ship was a fake, meant to attract those who would be interested in stealing it. The actual diamond was in fact sent to England in a plain box via parcel post!

The Cullinan was cut into three large parts by Asscher Brothers of Amsterdam, and eventually into some 11 large gem-quality stones and a number of smaller fragments. The largest polished gem from the stone is named Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, and at 530.20 carats (106.04 g) was the largest polished diamond in the world until the 1985 discovery of the Golden Jubilee diamond (545.67 cts), also from the Premier mine. Cullinan I is now mounted in the head of the Scepter with the Cross. The second largest gem from the Cullinan stone, Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, at 317.40 carats (63.48 g), is the third largest polished diamond in the world and is also part of the British crown jewels, as it forms a part of the Imperial State Crown. Both gems are on display at the Tower of London, as parts of the British crown jewels.

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