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Canada 2018 Historical Canadian Currency - Playing Card Money of New France Rectangular Shaped $25 4-Coin Pure Silver Rectangle Set with Color + Mint-Branded Deck of Playing Cards L09

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The Playing Card Money of New France tells a chapter in the currency history of Canada on this 4-coin, low mintage, pure silver proof set! So much to love here - low mintage, large pure silver coins, full color designs of all four suits of Kings, and gambling theme!

Investment Opportunity!Introduced in 1685, the playing card money of New France is one of the most interesting chapters in the story of Canadian currency, but few examples survive today. This set of rectangular coins by the Royal Canadian Mint is a four of a kind in fine silver — a King of each suit, and all in a colorful style inspired by the cards that once circulated like banknotes.

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Original New France playing cardsInvestment Notes:
- Only 1,250 sets will be minted, a tiny number for such a desirable proof set!
    - Each large coin is rectangularly shaped and measures 2 inches tall!
    - Each coin weighs 47.34 grams (more than 1-1/2 troy ounces) of pure silver!
    - Each set comes with a FREE Royal Canadian Mint-branded set of playing cards!
    - Taken together, this card-and-coin pairing reflects the popularity of gambling and card games, both then and now!

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The History of Playing Card Money
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the inhabitants of New France faced many hardships, including chronic shortages. The nascent colony was months away from the motherland, separated by the wide and treacherous Atlantic Ocean that claimed countless sailing ships. The long Canadian winter and the formation of ice made travel during half the year nearly impossible. Nonetheless, nearly all manufactured goods had to be imported from France, and were therefore incredibly scarce, especially coins!

Despite these privations, merchants, civil servants and soldiers still had to be paid. In a desperate move to keep day-to-day commerce humming, the governor of New France began issuing playing cards with a written promise to pay what was owed when the next shipment of coins arrived from France. Historic records show that cards were cut into halves or quarters, and some had their corners clipped, the better to reflect differing values.

This “playing card money” was first issued in 1685. Despite the king’s displeasure, authorities continued to implement this stopgap measure whenever their colony faced a coinage shortage. In 1729, they began using plain card stock which circulated like modern bank notes until New France fell to the British in 1759.

The King of Hearts $25 Rectangular Silver Proof revisits this fascinating era of history by accurately recreating its most unusual paper money on a coin! The only surviving King of Hearts card was cut in half, and one of the inscriptions written on the back suggests the head of the King was value at 12 livres, while the body was 15 sous.

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Four Kingly Designs
All four rectangular coins bear original art by artist Trevor Tennant, who drew inspiration from the 18th century Lionet and Provence Pattern of court cards. Each reverse mimics the period style of the playing cards that were used as currency in New France. All feature full color over the engraved depiction of a King from one of four suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

The King of Diamonds (Julius Caesar) holds an authoritative baton in one hand, and in the other, a scepter that symbolizes imperial power.

The King of Clubs (Alexander the Great) is a confident king who holds a dagger-like sword in his right hand, and a scepter in his left.

The King of Hearts (Charlemagne) wears a cloak edged with a scarf-like pattern, while the fleur-de-lis (a symbol of the French monarch) is visible throughout.

The King of Spades (the biblical David) wears a full-length, fur-lined robe. He holds a sword in one hand and in the other, an orb that signifies having the world in one’s hand.

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Due to the large size and heavy weight of this item, all orders sent outside of the United States will have an additional charge: USD 8 for Canada, or USD 15 for the rest of the world. This charge per item will be added after checkout has been completed. We will contact you and re-invoice you by email after you have completed your order.

Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin.

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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. These one and one-half troy ounce silver coins are 99.99% pure!

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Please see descriptions above. There are no legends on this side of each coin, to avoid detracting from the beauty of the designs.

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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. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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The coins are 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.

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Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 100 Dollars (4 x $25)
Weight 189.36 g (4 x 47.34 g)
Dimensions 49.8 mm x 28.6 mm
Mintage Limit     1,250
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
Artists Trevor Tennant
Certificate Individually Numbered


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