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2012 Canada 50-cent Cariboo Gold Rush 1/25oz. Gold Coin (No Tax)

2012 Canada 50-cent Cariboo Gold Rush 1/25oz. Gold Coin (No Tax)
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2012 Canada 50-cent Cariboo Gold Rush 1/25oz. Gold Coin (No Tax)

Shaking Fortune from the Cariboo's Rivers of Gold

Despite rumours about rivers flowing with gold, prospecting British Columbia's Cariboo region in during the gold rush of the 1860s was back-breaking work. Although more advanced methods of metal extraction were used by prospectors to pull their fortunes from the waterways of the Cariboo, the gold pan has remained the iconic symbol of the gold rush dream: one prospector, alone in the wilderness, armed only with a pan and dreams of hitting gold.

This coin is certified to be 99.99% pure gold with a metal content of 1.270 grams, 1/25th of an ounce, and a diameter of 13.92 millimetres. In this coin's reverse image design, Canadian artist Tony Bianco portrays the elemental image that inspired gold fever throughout the 1860s: a rusty, smoke-blackened tin pan, just lifted from the river's waters, filled with gleaming gold dust and nuggets of purest water-filtered gold. Against a polished central field, the image centres on the pan, highly texturized by Royal Canadian Mint engravers to convey the rough, gritty nature of this time-worn prospecting tool. Two hands grasp the pan from the top of the image, carefully tipping it toward the river's waters lying just below the pan, to bring to light assorted rocks, stones, sand, and gold nuggets. The reverse is engraved with the word 'CANADA,' the date '2012,' and the face value of '50 CENTS.' The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Item Number: 119111
Face Value: 50 cents
Mintage: 12,000
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight (g): 1.270
Diameter (mm): 13.92
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof

Special Features:
- A unique product to celebrate a formative event in the history of both Canada and British Columbia. Some of those who went to The Cariboo Region stayed and helped to develop newly established towns.
- A highly collectible coin that commemorates the 150th anniversary of a fascinating moment in Canadian colonial history.
- An iconic image of the Cariboo Gold Rush and the gold fever it inspired in the hearts of prospectors and gold bugs around the world.
- At 1/25th of an ounce, this is an affordable pure gold coin.

Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint - branded maroon clamshell case, lined with a black flock and protected by a black sleeve.

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