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France 2008 UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Grand Canyon 1.5 Euro Silver Proof

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America's greatest natural wonder is dramatically rendered on this new, low-mintage silver proof!

Sold out at the Mint!France has just announced the second coin in its program to honor the greatest natural and cultural sites in the world, those on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This is the Grand Canyon, America's own natural wonder, complete with a bald eagle soaring overhead! With incredibly low mintage limits of only 500 for gold and 5,000 for silver (total mintage program-wide is only 5,500!), this is sure to be a quick sell out! With its all-American theme (notice the Old West style type used for the words "Grand Canyon") and the incredibly detailed design for which Monnaie de Paris' engraving studio is famed, you should get yours today!

The Grand Canyon, America's greatest natural wonder and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, as carved by the Colorado River.The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a very deep, steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River, found in the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, having visited on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

The longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a period of six million years, but research released in 2008 suggests a much longer 17 million year time span. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of more than one mile (1.6 km). Nearly two billion years of the Earth's history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

During prehistory, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a holy site and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who arrived in 1540. In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell, a one-armed Civil War veteran with a thirst for knowledge and adventure, made the first recorded journey through the canyon on the Colorado River. Powell referred to the sedimentary rock units exposed in the canyon as "leaves in a great story book".

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Grand Canyon Images

The Grand Canyon, America's greatest natural wonder and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, as carved by the Colorado River.The Grand Canyon, America's greatest natural wonder and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, as carved by the Colorado River.The Grand Canyon, America's greatest natural wonder and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, as carved by the Colorado River.

The UNESCO logo and the agency's headquarters building in Paris, France. You know it's Paris because there's the Eiffel Tower in the background! UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations founded on November 16, 1945 and headquartered in Paris, France. UNESCO is perhaps best know for its list of World Heritage Sites, by which it designates certain natural features, monuments or cities as being of particular natural, historic and/or cultural significance to the entire Earth, and therefore worthy of preservation.

The Grand Canyon is the second in the series of UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Monnaie de Paris. It is available as a gold proof with a mintage of 500 and a silver proof with a mintage of 5,000.

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Investment Note
We don’t usually speak of silver coins that sell for under $100 each as investments; that term is usually reserved for gold and platinum (as well as the Paris Mint’s own 20 euro 5 ounce silver proofs with mintage limits of 500 each). However, French silver proofs with a mintage of 5,000 have proved consistently to escalate in value. For example, 2007's Great Wall of China Silver Proof with an identical mintage sold out at the mint extremely quickly and has since approximately doubled in value. With a total of only 5,000 Grand Canyon silver proofs to satisfy collectors in France, the United States and the world over, there just aren't enough to go around. Accordingly, we recommend this beautiful depiction of this impressive natural wonder as a long-term buy and hold.

Silver in boxObverse
A frosted cameo depiction of an American bald eagle soaring high above the Colorado River as it wends its way through the dramatic grandeur that is the Grand Canyon. The legends GRAND CANYON (in old west style type) and RF, for "République Française" ("The French Republic") also appear.

The UNESCO world headquarters building is depicted below the UNESCO logo. The legend ORGANISATION DES NATIONS UNIES POUR l'ÉDUCATION, LA SCIENCE ET LA CULTURE translates as "United Nations Organization for Eduction, Science and Culture". The date and denomination are also indicated.

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in the traditional, blue Monnaie de Paris gift box with gilt lettering. An individually numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country France
Year of Issue 2008
Face Value 1.5 Euro
Weight 22.2 g
Diameter 37.00 mm
Mintage Limit     5,000
Finish Proof
Composition .900 Fine Silver
Edge Plain
Certificate Individually Numbered

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