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Canada 2008 Vignettes of Royalty #3 - King George V $15 Ultra High Relief Medallic Silver Proof

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

Sold out at the Mint!Here's the third 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 George V of Great Britain, poses for his coronation portrait by Sir Luke Fides in 1911, in his full coronation regalia and finery.George V's Reign
King George V was born in 1865, the second son of King Edward VII. From the age of twelve George served in the Royal Navy, but upon the unexpected death of his elder brother, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, he became heir to the throne.

George married Mary of Teck in 1893; the two were deeply in love. In fact, he wrote her every day that they were apart and never took a mistress, unlike his father. Although they occasionally toured the British Empire, George preferred to stay at home. He was fascinated with his stamp collection and lived what later biographers would consider a dull life because of its conventionality.

When George's father, King Edward VII died in 1910, he became King-Emperor. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar (coronation court), where he appeared before his Indian subjects crowned with the Imperial Crown of India, created specially for the occasion.

George V led the British Empire during the First World War. He relinquished all German titles and styles, and changed the name of the royal house from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor. During his reign, the Statute of Westminster separated the crown so that George ruled the dominions as separate kingdoms, preparing the way for the future development of the Commonwealth. His reign also witnessed the rise of socialism, fascism, Irish republicanism and the first Labour ministry, all of which radically changed the political spectrum. King George V had two different British battleships named after him, the second of which famously took part in the sinking of the German Bismarck in May, 1941.

George was plagued by illness throughout much of his later reign. He died in 1936 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward. King Edward VIII is infamous for abdicating the British throne after a reign of only 325 days, in order to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. He was never crowned and is not represented in this series of coins as his portrait never officially graced Canadian coinage.

The portrait of King George V graces this 1916 silver half dollar, struck at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, OntarioClassic Canadian Coinage
The portrait of King George V reproduced on this coin was used on all denominations of Canadian coinage (1-, 5- 10- 25- and 50 cents, as well as the 1935 and 1936 silver dollars) issued during his reign, from 1910 to 1936. The very first legal tender dollar coin struck in Canada for circulation, at the Ottawa Mint in 1935, was a silver dollar bearing his portrait.

The King George V $15 Ultra High Relief Silver Proof is the third 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 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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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 George V of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Emperor of India, facing left. The legend GEORGIVS V, 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 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 Sir E.B. MacKennal
Certificate Individually Numbered


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