Sold out at the mint! Extremely low mintage silver quarter with a military scene!
In 1945 Canadian soldiers played a principal role in liberating Holland. Since World War II, these two nations have enjoyed a special friendship. Earlier in the war, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands sent her only child and heir, Princess Juliana, to Canada for safety, along with the current queen, Beatrix, then a young child. On January 19th, 1943, Princess Juliana gave birth to another daughter, Princess Margriet Francisca, resulting in the first royal baby ever born in North America! As a special gesture of gratitude after the war, the Dutch queen sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canada, with more following every year. Today, over one million tulips bloom each May in Ottawa, where the annual Tulip Festival is held.
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The Mint Set
This incredible set, jointly issued by the Royal Canadian Mint and the Royal Dutch Mint, is jam-packed with goodies! First, there is a full set of eight specially-struck, 2005-dated euro coins from the Netherlands, from the 1 euro cent through the unusual 20 euro cent and the bimetallic 1 euro and 2 euro coins. Next, a low-mintage, sterling silver quarter from Canada features two soldiers. Finally, there is a half-dollar sized, sterling silver mint medallion with a hologram of a Canadian soldier and a Dutch beauty. Both the quarter and the silver mint medallion are available only in this low-mintage set. All these coins come in a full-color, trilingual (English, French and Dutch) blister pack folder with outer sleeve. This elaborate package recounts the history of both the Dutch and Canadian forces during the war, and has full specifications for all of the coins and medallion.
Only 17,500 of these sets were assembled, with the majority (14,000) having been sold in Europe. Thus only 3,500 were ever available for collectors here in North America. On top of this, the silver quarter and silver mint medallion are available only in this set, further increasing their rarity. Quarter collectors for generations to come will need this quarter to complete their collections, so grab one (or more) of these sets now, while theyre still available!
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Obverse - Canada Silver Quarter
Two Canadian soldiers, one holding the then-current flag of Canada, stand shoulder to shoulder with recently liberated, cheering Dutch civilians in a quaint village in the Low Countries. The coin is double-dated 1945 and 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian forces.
Reverse - Canada Silver Quarter
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.
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Obverse - Mint Medallion
A photographic hologram of a Canadian soldier being welcomed by a comely Dutch lass following the liberation of her village, taken from an actual photo from the era. The dual dates 1945 and 2005 also appear.
Reverse - Mint Medallion
The legend 60 YEARS LIBERATION OF THE NETHERLANDS is written in English, French and Dutch. In addition, the official logos of the Royal Canadian Mint and Royal Dutch Mint are also on the reverse.
All of the coins and the mint medallion are housed in an trilingual, expandable, full-color 24-inch-long blister pack folder. Full specifications for each of the coins and the medallion are provided, as is extensive historical background information.
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The Mint Medallion weighs 16.40 grams, is 30 mm in diameter, and is a Proof finish with Hologram. It is composed of .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver, with a plain edge.