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Canada 2008 Vignettes of Royalty #2 - King Edward VII $15 Ultra High Relief Medallic Silver Proof

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A high relief, frosted cameo portrait of King Edward VII graces this gem, in the tradition of the finest medallic art!

Sold out at the Mint! Here's the second 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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His Majesty, King Edward VII of Great Britain, poses for his coronation portrait by Sir Luke Fides in 1902, in his full coronation regalia and finery.Edward's Reign
Edward's reign coincided with the start of the new century - he took the throne upon the death of his mother, Queen Victoria, in 1901, with his coronation as King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India in 1902. Crowned at the age of 59, Edward became the oldest Prince of Wales ever to succeed to the throne. Much earlier, in 1863, he had married Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who bore him five children, two of whom followed him as King of England.

Edward was extremely affable and friendly, and loved the good life. Nonetheless, he despised class distinctions and railed against the treatment of Indians as "brutes". In 1860 he undertook the first tour of North America by a British heir to the throne. His genial good humor and confident bonhomie made the tour a great success. He laid the cornerstone of Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada and stayed for three days with President James Buchanan at the White House. Vast crowds greeted him everywhere. He met Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Prayers for the royal family were said in Trinity Church, New York, for the first time since 1776.

Edward, mainly through his mother and his father-in-law, was related to nearly every other European monarch and came to be known as the "Uncle of Europe". He traveled extensively to foster good relations between Great Britain and other European countries, especially France. The Entente Cordiale was established during his reign, in 1903. Despite this work, for which he was popularly called "Peacemaker", he was unable to prevent the outbreak of World War I in 1914. He died on May 6, 1910 after several heart attacks.

The Edwardian Period
His Majesty, King Edward VII of Great Britain, poses for a photograph with his new Queen, Princess Alexandra of Denmark, on their wedding day in 1863.As king, Edward's main interests lay in the fields of foreign affairs and naval and military matters. The Edwardian period heralded significant changes in technology and society, including powered flight and the rise of socialism and the Labour movement. Edward played a role in the modernization of the British Home Fleet (in concert with First Sea Lord Jackie Fisher), the reform of the Army Medical Services, and the reorganization of the British army after the Second Boer War.

The Edwardian period was also known as the Belle Époque, meaning "beautiful era". Despite its short pre-eminence, the period is characterized by its own unique architectural style, fashion, and way of life. Art Nouveau held a particularly strong influence. The fourth summer Olympics in the modern era were held in London in 1908, with the games being personally and officially opened by Edward himself.

The period is often extended beyond Edward's death in 1910 to include the years up to the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, the start of World War I in 1914, or even the end of the war in 1918. The war sealed the end of the period as the Edwardian way of life, with its inherent imbalance of wealth and power, became increasingly anachronistic in the eyes of a population suffering in the face of war, and exposed to mass propaganda decrying the injustice of class division.

Classic Canadian Coinage
The portrait of King Edward VII reproduced on this coin was used on all denominations of Canadian coinage (1-, 5- 10- 25- and 50 cents) issued during his reign, from 1902 to 1910. The The portrait of King Edward VII graces this 1908 silver half dollar, struck at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, Ontariovery first legal tender coin struck in Canada, at the Ottawa Mint in 1908, was a half dollar bearing his portrait.

The King Edward VII $15 Ultra High Relief Silver Proof is the second issue 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 is 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:
     1)  It's the first series of ultra high relief Canadian coins!
     2)  It's the first series of double-effigy coins in Canadian history!
That is, these are the first double headed coins 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 second 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.

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An ultra high relief, frosted cameo crowned portrait of King Edward VII of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Emperor of India, facing right. The legend EDWARDVS VII, 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 photograph of four (4) British kings! King Edward VII (far right) with his successors - (from left to right) his son, the future King George V, and grandsons, the future Kings Edward VIII and George VI.
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 G.W. De Saulles
Certificate Individually Numbered


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