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Canada 2014 Stained Art Glass #1 - Craigdarroch Castle $20 Pure Silver Proof with Enamel

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES - Canadian Stained Glass! Unbelievable beauty is struck in one full troy ounce of pure silver, with vibrant, translucent enamel illuminating each art glass window!
Canada is a land of imposing buildings and majestic monuments. Canadian towns and cities are replete with public art, one of the most beloved and colorful of which is stained art glass. What better purpose to put the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary, colorful translucent enamel?!?!

The first coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new series of Stained Glass Windows of Canada pure silver enameled proofs depicts Craigdarroch Castle, a huge Victorian manor house in Victoria, British Columbia! The obverse image features a full color floral window of the castle, replicated by the Royal Canadian Mint engravers and highlighted with brilliant translucent enamel.

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Craigdarroch_Castle_in_Victoria_British_Columbia, featuring beautiful stained art glass windows!Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion. The mansion was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria.

Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms (!) and over 25,000 square feet (!!). She was constructed in the late 1800s as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan. Robert died in April 1889, 10 months before construction on the castle was completed - he never got to see it finished, and he never got to live in his mansion! His sons Alexander and James took over the role of finishing the castle after his death. The initial architect of the castle, Warren Heywood Williams, also died before completion of the castle. His work was taken over by his associate, Arthur L. Smith, in 1890. James Dunsmuir also commissioned the construction of Victoria's second castle; Hatley Castle, located in Colwood, British Columbia.

Craigdarroch Castle is believed to have cost as much as $500,000 when it was built, and included granite from British Columbia, tile from San Francisco, and an oak staircase prefabricated in Chicago. When originally constructed Craigdarroch stood on grounds comprising 28 acres of formal gardens in Victoria's Rockland neighborhood.

Craigdarroch_Castle_in_Victoria_British_Columbia, featuring beautiful stained art glass windows!The four-story Craigdarroch Castle has gone through several ownership changes in the past century, but still retains lavish furnishings from the 1890s and is known for its stained-glass and intricate woodwork. The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society, and is open to the public. The castle is a tourist attraction, and receives 150,000 visitors a year.

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Technology Note - Enamel
The vibrant colors of the stained glass features the Royal Canadian Mint’s patented enamel technology. This proprietary technique applies deep, rich, semi-opaque colors to the coin, while the glaze over these hues enhances the effect of real enamel.

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Technology Note - Purity
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 one troy ounce silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2014 Stained Art Glass #1 - Craigdarroch Castle $20 Proof with Enamel in BoxObverse
A stunning reproduction of one of the stained glass windows that adorn Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C. The focal point of the design is the grouping of six brightly colored flowers; each petal has been filled by hand with blue, purple and red translucent enamel to create a stained glass effect. Green translucent enamel has been applied to the veined leaves. The original window’s diverging brick pattern has been replicated through meticulous work by Royal Canadian Mint engravers. There are no legends on this side of the coin, to avoid detracting from the beautiful design.

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A frosted cameo 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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Each coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy 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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Country Canada
Year of Issue 2014
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit     7,500
Finish Proof with Color Enamel
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Royal Canadian Mint engravers
Certificate Individually Numbered

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