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Canada 2007 Holiday 7-Coin Mint Gift Set with Christmas Tree Colorized Quarter

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Celebrate the Holidays with this value-priced, 7-coin mint set, which includes a color Christmas Tree quarter unique to this set!

Sold out at the Mint!Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or all of the above, this is the perfect holiday gift! To celebrate the season the Royal Canadian Mint has once again designed a beautiful mint set with a special colorized quarter unavailable anywhere else! This set makes a great present for kids or adults, and includes room inside for your personalized dedication, so it can also be given as the most elaborate holiday card your recipient has ever seen! All coins are dated 2007 and will evoke fond memories for years to come.

This year's special edition holiday quarter with the Christmas tree on it features outstanding artistry and more colors than ever before!

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This is the fourth annual release of the special Holiday Gift Set. Please see the article near the end of this presentation for a short history of the Christmas tree.

The Holiday Mint Set
In addition to the colored quarter with with a festive Christmas tree, this holiday gift set includes all of the other circulation coins of Canada, each of which features a design emblematic of Canada, including:
    One Cent Maple Leaf Penny
    Five Cent Beaver Nickel
    Ten Cent Bluenose Schooner Dime
    Fifty Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar
    One Dollar Common Loon Loonie
    Two Dollar Bi-Metallic Polar Bear Toonie
Each coin has a proof-like finish and is specially-struck and hand-picked for these high-quality sets.

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Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning, full-color image on each coin.

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Special Christmas Tree Colorized Quarter
The obverse pictures a merry, multi-colored Christmas tree, lightly dusted with a covering of snow. This year's special edition holiday quarter features outstanding artistry and more colors than ever before! Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right, appears on the reverse. 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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This attractive set is packaged in a full-color, bilingual blister pack. The large folder opens to show off both sides of the coins and features holiday images. A space is provided for a personal dedication.

Set Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2007
Face Value 3 Dollars and 91 Cents

Individual Coin Specifications
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Origins, History and Legends of the Christmas Tree
The Egyptians were part of a long line of cultures that treasured and worshiped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrive, they brought green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life's triumph over death. The Romans celebrated the winter solstice with a fest called Saturnalia in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. They decorated their houses with greens and lights and exchanged gifts. They gave coins for prosperity, pastries for happiness, and lamps to light one's journey through life.

Christmas_Tree.jpg Centuries ago in Great Britain, woods priests called Druids used evergreens during mysterious winter solstice rituals. The Druids used holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life, and place evergreen branches over doors to keep away evil spirits. Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.

Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth.

The Christmas tree tradition most likely came to the United States with Hessian troops during the American Revolution, or with German immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio. But the custom spread slowly. The Puritans banned Christmas trees in New England. Even as late as 1851, a Cleveland minister nearly lost his job because he allowed a tree in his church. Schools in Boston stayed open on Christmas Day through 1870, and sometimes expelled students who stayed home.

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer Mark Carr hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them all. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years later, the custom was nearly universal. Christmas tree farms sprang up during the depression. Nurserymen couldn't sell their evergreens for landscaping, so they cut them for Christmas trees. Cultivated trees were preferred because they have a more symmetrical shape then wild ones.

Six species account for about 90 percent of the nation's Christmas tree trade. Scotch pine ranks first, comprising about 40 percent of the market, followed by Douglas fir which accounts for about 35 percent. The other big sellers are noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white spruce.

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