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Canada 2008 Vignettes of Royalty #1 - Queen Victoria $15 Ultra High Relief Medallic Silver Proof

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A high relief, frosted cameo portrait of Queen Victoria graces this gem, in the tradition of the finest medallic art!

Sold out at the Mint!Here's the first in a new and innovative Vignettes of Royalty Series from the Royal Canadian Mint, honoring the monarchs who have appeared on Canadian specie over the past two centuries. The series consists of five silver proofs and a copper medal. Each silver proof features two portraits, one on each side - make each a double-headed coin! The historical portrait is taken directly from the circulating coinage of the era and is struck in ultra high relief. The beauty of this high relief, medallic-style silver proof must truly be seen in person to be fully appreciated. The six monarchs are:

   • Queen Victoria
   • King Edward VII
   • King George V
   • King George VI
   • Queen Elizabeth II
   • King Edward VIII (Copper Medal)
   • Complete 5-Coin Silver Proof Set

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Her Majesty, Queen Victoria of Great Britain, sitting for her 50th or Golden Anniversary photo in 1887The Victorian Era
Victoria came to the throne as a young princess in 1837 and reigned longer than any other monarch in British history (though the current queen, Elizabeth II, is only a few years shy of this record!). Under Victoria the British Empire grew to enormous size and prosperity. So great was its extent that it gave rise to the phrase, "The sun never sets of the British Empire," which extended from Hong Kong, India and much of Africa to the United Kingdom to Newfoundland, British Honduras, the Falklands, and so many other points in between. Historians refer to this period as Pax Britannica. When Victoria passed away in 1901 she left the British people with the largest and wealthiest empire the world has ever seen.

Victoria gave her name to what we now call the Victorian era. Under the rule of Queen Victoria, the British people enjoyed a long period of prosperity. Profits gained from the overseas Empire, as well as from trade and industrialization at home, allowed a large, educated middle class to develop. Scientific progress could be typified by Charles Darwin's work on evolution. Culturally, the English language was spread to all corners of the globe.

Classic Canadian Coinage
The portrait of Queen Victoria reproduced on this coin is known as the Crowned Head or Mature Head effigy. This portrait was used on the one cent, 25 cents and 50 cents coins issued by Canada between 1870 and 1901.

The crowned or mature head portrait of Queen Victoria on a 1872-H Canadian Quarter The Queen Victoria $15 Ultra High Relief Silver Proof is the first of six releases in the Vignettes of Royalty Series, which commemorates the monarchs who have appeared on the circulation coins of Canada since the 1800s. The individual portrait of each monarch is struck in medallic art relief and are taken from designs that were minted on actual Canadian coins of the era.

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Investment Note
Here's a coin with a lot of investment potential, to say nothing of cachet! The Vignettes of Royalty Series features two firsts for a Canadian coin:
     1)  It's the first ultra high relief Canadian coin!
     2)  It's the first double-effigy coin in Canadian history!
That is, it's the first double headed coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint! Couple these firsts with the very low mintage of only 10,000, the unusual $15 denomination and the fact that it's the first in a new series and this looks like a sure winner.

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Technical Note
The Royal Canadian Mint is applying its expertise in the design, engraving and striking of medals and medallic art to this special series of coins. Each will feature a portrait struck in ultra high medallic relief. Each planchet or blank is individually hand-polished before it is quadruple-struck. The edge of the coin is plain, not reeded, unlike most Canadian commemorative and collector coins, in keeping with its medallic nature. Slight differences in the frosted cameo relief and proof-like fields are normal for this high-relief striking process, just as they are with high relief medals.
Victoria in box
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An ultra high relief, frosted cameo crowned portrait of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Empress of India, facing left. The legend VICTORIA, the date and the denomination are also indicated.

A frosted cameo portrait of 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.

The coin is encapsulated inside an elegant, 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.

SpecificationsA statue honoring Queen Victoria of Great Britain in Bangalore, India

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2008
Face Value 15 Dollars
Weight 30.00 g
Diameter 36.15 mm
Mintage Limit    10,000
Finish Frosted Cameo Relief on a Proof-Like Field
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Plain
Artist Leonard Charles Wyon
Certificate Individually Numbered


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