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2008 Canada $15 Vignettes of Royalty Series - King Edward VII (#2)

2008 Canada $15 Vignettes of Royalty Series - King Edward VII (#2)
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2008 Canada $15 Vignettes of Royalty Series - King Edward VII (#2)

The art form once reserved for wealthy aristocrats can now be enjoyed with this remarkable coin series featuring the effigies of five monarchs that have appeared on Canada's circulation coins. Each effigy is struck in ultra high relief reminiscent of ancient medallic art.

Canada did not always produce its coins domestically. Until the Royal Canadian Mint opened in 1908, Canadian coins were imported from overseas. Even then, the designs and tools remained the domain of the Royal Mint in London while the Canadian facility operated as its Ottawa branch. This began to change in 1930 when the Mint became a wholly owned Canadian institution.

2008 $15 Coin King Edward VII The second coin in the series features Edward VII. Crowned at the age of 59, he is the oldest Prince of Wales ever to become king. The "Edwardian age" was shaped by his love for sport and theatre and his concentrated efforts to foster goodwill among monarchs throughout Europe. This crowned portrait of King Edward VII appeared on Canada's 1-, 5-, 10-, 25- and 50- cent coins from 1902 to 1910.

Face Value: 15 dollars
Mintage: 10,000
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 30
Diameter (mm): 36.15
Edge: Plain
Finish: Frosted relief on a proof-like field

Special Features:
Second coin in the series following 2008 Queen Victoria. A MINT FIRST! Double-effigy coin (reverse and obverse). A RARITY! Each featured effigy is struck in the ultra high relief long associated with ancient medallic art. HANDCRAFTED ARTISTRY! These magnificent coins are individually hand-polished and quadruple struck.

Slight inconsistencies in the quality of the surface are normal for this ultra-high relief process. Designs approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Low mintage only 10,000 coins (each) worldwide! A unique showcase of effigies from the monarchy that will appear on five coins to be released over three years including 2008 Queen Victoria, 2008 King Edward VII, 2008 King George V, 2009 King George VI and 2009 Queen Elizabeth II.

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.

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