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Canada 2009 Landmarks of Europe #1 - Brandenburg Gate in Germany Privy Mark - 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall World Money Fair WMF Coin Show Special $5 Pure Silver Maple Leaf SML Reverse Proof

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Low mintage privy mark SML (Europe-only release) commemorates freedom's finest hour!

Sold out at the Mint!We are proud to bring you this low-mintage, reverse proof, Silver Maple Leaf featuring a privy mark with so many relations to history - Old Prussia, Napoleon, the German Empire, the Nazis, the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and German Unification all are intimately connected through this single monument, the Brandenburg Gate. This beautiful coin commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall's fall is the most obvious symbol of the failure of communism and the West's victory in the Cold War, culminating in Germany's reunification.

This is the 1st release in the Europe-only "Great Landmarks and Monuments of Europe" Privy Mark Silver Maple Leaf Series.

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An incredible view of the central monument of Berlin and Germany, the Brandenburg GateThis is no ordinary Silver Maple Leaf - this is a special edition, privy markedSilver Maple! It was issued in Europe only, and has the extremely low mintage limit of only 50,000! (In 2010, the Royal Canadian Mint struck nearly 18 million standard edition silver maples, meaning that this coin has a mintage limit of only 1/4 of 1% (.0025) that of the standard SML!) Such was the demand for this coin by the Europeans that it was sold out at the Mint on pre-release! Certainly, there are not enough to go around, but fortunately, we have secured a limited supply of this highly collectible, pure silver gem. Consider also that is it part of an ongoing series commemorating the Great Landmarks and Monuments of Europe! We heartily recommend this low-mintage Silver Maple Leaf issue as a bankable buy-and-hold.

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The Brandenburg Gate (known in German as Brandenburger Tor) is the civic symbol of Berlin, located in the heart of the city center (one block from the Reichstag), and the closest thing Germany has to a national symbol (with the possible exception of Oktoberfest). It is easily one of Europe's most famous and best known monuments, the Berliner equivalent to Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Colosseum in Rome. The Gate is topped by a statue known as the Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses and driven by the goddess Victory. Please see the feature at the end of this presentation for a more detailed history of the Quadriga.

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The Gate, the Wall and the Cold War
United States President John Fitzgerald Kennedy visits the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall on June 26, 1963, just before giving his famous The Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) are inextricably linked in the American history of the Cold War. The first serious international crisis of the Cold War, the Berlin Blockade of 1948-49, was defeated by the West by means of the Berlin Airlift, a superhuman effort that even America's allies believed would be impossible to sustain. The success of the Airlift was humiliating to the Soviets, who had repeatedly claimed it could never possibly work.

The Soviets pondered this defeat, as well as the ongoing flow of refugees from the East to the West. Their answer was to try to seal off West Berlin from the East, so on August 13, 1961, construction started on the infamous Berlin Wall. For over a quarter-century, this structure separated East Germany from West Germany. During this time, at least 136 people were confirmed killed trying to cross the Wall and escape to the West, though some groups put this number at over two hundred.

United States President John Fitzgerald Kennedy views the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate in East Berlin from a specially erected viewing platform in West Berlin on June 26, 1963.The Scene of Political History
The Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall were the scene of two of the defining moments of the Cold War, as well as defining moments for the modern American presidency and for America's image and role on the world stage.

On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin to bolster morale and demonstrate to the Soviets the defiance of the West. He visited the newly-erected Berlin Wall and viewed the Brandenburg gate from a specially-constructed viewing platform. In response, the East German government hung huge banners (in red, the color of Soviet communism) across the openings in the Brandenburg Gate to keep him from looking into the East.

Today this event is remembered for the speech Kennedy gave criticizing communism. He used the construction of the Berlin Wall as an example of the failures of communism: "Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in." The speech is known for its message of solidarity, summed up by Kennedy's famous phrase "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner."). By some estimates, nearly five-sixths of the population of the city was on the street when Kennedy said the famous phrase. He remarked to aides afterwards: "We'll never have another day like this one."

United States President Ronald Reagan exhorts Mikhail Gorbachev to Another high water mark of the West's opposition to communism occurred at the Brandenburg Gate as well. On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the West Berlin populace at the Brandenburg Gate, demanding the razing of the Berlin Wall. Reagan challenged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev directly:

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall!

Once again the failure of the Soviet system, both economically, politically, and socially, was pointed out in glaring terms. Less than two and half years later, Ronald Reagan's challenge came to pass - on November 9, 1989 crowds of Germans from both sides climbed onto and crossed the Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, bringing together these two halves of a great nation. As a result, the Gate is seen as a national symbol of a reunited Germany.

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Investment Note
This investment-grade coin was released solely into the German market. We are the only distributor in North America officially authorized by the issuer. Given the presence of the national symbol of Germany on this coin, and its sublime association with history (as related above), it is not likely many German collectors will be willing to give up their coins! Our offer for the Brandenburg Gate Privy Mark SML therefore constitutes an unique opportunity - all SML collectors, all Privy Mark collectors, and all collectors of the Great Landmarks and Monuments of Europe Series need this coin, very few of which will make the journey across the Atlantic! Get it now while you still can!

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Technology Note

The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. Since their introduction the Canadian Maple Leaf coins have been regarded as among the finest bullion coins in the world, owing in large part to their superb purity. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A highly-detailed depiction of a single maple leaf. To the left of the maple leaf's stem is a privy mark of the Brandenburg Gate. The legends FINE SILVER 1 OZ and 9999 guarantee the weight and purity.

Reverse

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 date, denomination and the legend ELIZABETH II also appear.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2009
   
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage 50,000
   
Finish Reverse Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Obv: Stan Witten
Rev: Susanna Blunt
Packaging Archival Quality Mylar Holder


The Brandenburg Gate Quadriga
A quadriga is chariot drawn by four horses abreast. They were raced in the Olympic Games and other games. Quadrigas are represented in profile as the chariot of gods and heroes on Greek vases and in bas-relief. The quadriga was adopted in ancient Roman chariot racing. A close up view of the Quadriga statue atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, as seen at night.Quadrigas were emblems of triumph; Victory and Fame often are depicted as the triumphant woman driving the horses. In classical mythology, the quadriga is the chariot of the gods - Apollo was depicted driving his quadriga across the heavens, delivering daylight and dispersing the night.

The Berlin Quadriga is one of the most famous modern quadriga in the world. It was designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow in 1793 as the Quadriga of Victory, as a symbol of peace (represented by the olive wreath carried by Victory). Located atop the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, it was seized by Napoleon during his occupation of Berlin in 1806, and taken to Paris. It was returned to Berlin by Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher in 1814. Victory's olive wreath was subsequently replaced by an Iron Cross. The statue suffered severe damage during the Second World War, and the association of the Iron Cross with Prussian militarism convinced the Communist government of East Germany to remove this aspect of the statue after the war. The iron cross was restored after German reunification in 1990.

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