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Canada 2006 Britannia Seated 1900 Fractional Shinplaster Banknote $300 Gold Proof

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This huge (2 inch diameter) and stunning gold proof features the seated goddess Britannia, vigilant and ready to defend her United Kingdom!

Sold out at the Mint! In 1870, while waiting for new 25-cent silver coins to arrive from the Royal Mint in London, the Dominion of Canada issued a temporary fractional note. It wasn't long before people began calling it a “shinplaster” after the notes that American soldiers allegedly used to line their boots during the American Revolution. Each of the three different 25¢ shinplasters features a different portrait of Britannia (the allegorical portrayal of Great Britain as a goddess) on it.

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Canada 1900 25 Cents Seated Britannia Shinplaster Banknote front “Will pay on demand” was printed on the front, and “Redeemable on presentation at Montreal, Toronto or St. John” was printed on the back -  promises that made the note “as good as gold” and quickly instilled public confidence. In fact, this “temporary” issue was so popular that it remained in circulation for 65 years! The Britannia shinplaster was redesigned in 1900 and received another update in 1923. Each time, the patron goddess of early British Celtic tribes was maintained as the theme of its design.

The 2006 Britannia 1900 Shinplaster Gold Proof is the second in the 3-coin $300 Britannia Gold series.

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Canada 1923 25 Cents Britannia Shinplaster Banknote BackWhen you see Britannia, you can't help but desire this jaw-dropping gold proof! Stunning in its beauty, size and rarity, it's a true keeper! It is positively huge (2 inches in diameter) and contains over one and one-eighth ounces of pure gold, ingeniously and attractively alloyed with pure silver. What's more, it has a very high face value of $300 and a low mintage limit of only 1,250. Perhaps most importantly, it features a banknote-on-coin design of the alluring goddess Britannia, popular with all collectors. The $300 gold proofs always sell out at the mint (many virtually instantly), and this issue has long been sold out at the mint, so seize the opportunity while you can!

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$300 Gold Shinplaster in BoxObverse
A beautiful and faithful depiction of Britannia as she appears on the 1900 25 Cents Shinplaster Fractional Banknote. Britannia is armed with a trident and wears a crested helmet, the better to rule the seas, while her left hand rests on her shield, which bears the St. Andrew's cross known as the Union Jack. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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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 is encapsulated inside a oversize, black, genuine leather, presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black and gold outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsA monumental bronze statue of Britannia, standing with the British lion, and with her typical shield, trident and helmet.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2006
Face Value 300 Dollars
Weight 60.00 g
Diameter 50.00 mm
Mintage Limit      1,250
Finish Proof
Composition .5833 Fine (14-Karat) Gold
alloyed with .4167 Fine Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Artist Robert Ralph Carmichael
Certificate Individually Numbered

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