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Canada 2009 Vignettes of Royalty #5 - Queen Elizabeth II $15 Ultra High Relief Medallic Silver Proof

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A high relief, frosted cameo portrait of Canada's reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, graces this gem, in the tradition of the finest medallic art!

Sold out at the Mint! Here's the fifth 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 Elizabeth II of Great Britain, in her official coronation photographic portrait by renowned artist Dorothy Wilding.Queen Elizabeth II's Reign
Queen Elizabeth II (formally, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of the House of Windsor) was born on 21 April 1926. She is the queen regnant of sixteen independent states known informally as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. She holds each crown separately and equally in a shared monarchy, and carries out duties for each state of which she is sovereign, as well as acting as Head of the Commonwealth, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Duke of Normandy, Lord of Mann, and Paramount Chief of Fiji. In theory her powers are vast; however, in practice, and in accordance with convention, she rarely intervenes in political matters.

Elizabeth married Philip on 20 November 1947. The couple are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria. Before the marriage, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles, and adopted the style Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, taking the surname of his mother's family. Just before the wedding, he was created Duke of Edinburgh and granted the style of His Royal Highness.

The couple have four children and eight grandchildren, with Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, as Elizabeth's heir apparent. She became Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon upon the death of her father, George VI, on 6 February 1952.  She was crowned at the dawn of the television age - the splendor of the ceremony reached hundreds of thousands of people in a way never before possible.

Sculptor Mary Gillick poses with a self-created plaster of her famous portrait of Queen Elizabeth IISimilarly, modern air transportation has enabled her to take on an unprecedented program of visits throughout the Commonwealth, including to Canada, which has welcomed her, together with The Duke of Edinburgh, some thirty times. In 1965, Elizabeth II proclaimed Canada's National Flag with its maple leaf design. She was also present for two other historic Canadian milestones: the centennial celebrations in 1967 and the repatriation of the constitution in 1982. She is the first monarch to use the title" Queen of Canada", to reflect Canada's status as a fully independent realm within the Commonwealth.

Elizabeth II is the third longest reigning British monarch in history, surpassed only by King George III (59 years) and Queen Victoria (63 years). Her reign of 57 years has seen sweeping changes, including the dissolution of the British Empire (a process that began before her accession) and the consequent evolution of the modern Commonwealth of Nations. As other British colonies gained independence from the United Kingdom, she became queen of several newly independent countries. She has been the sovereign of 32 individual nations, but half of them later became republics.
The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Mary Gillick graces this 1964 silver dollar, struck at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, Ontario, to commemorate the 100th anniversary or centennial of confederation.Classic Canadian Coinage
The portrait of Queen Elizabeth II reproduced on this coin was used on all denominations of Canadian coinage (1-, 5- 10- 25- and 50 cents, as well as silver dollars) issued during the first years of her reign, from 1953 to 1964. The silver dollar seen here was issued to commemorate the centennial (or 100th anniversary) of Federation in 1864. This portrait, which is notable for Elizabeth II's head bearing a laurel wreath instead of a crown or a tiara, was executed by the sculptor Mary Gillick. It is still used on Maundy money!

The Queen Elizabeth II $15 Ultra High Relief Silver Proof is the fifth 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 and the unusual $15 denomination, and this looks like a sure winner.

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Sculptor Mary Gillick created this image of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 for use on coinage.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 Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, the United Kingdom and Canada, facing right. The legend ELIZABETH II, 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.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2009
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 Mary Gillick
Certificate Individually Numbered



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