City of Quebec, Quebec – April 30, 2008 – As it marks a century of gold craftsmanship in 2008, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) is pleased to unveil a wealth of gold creations and artefacts as a proud participant in the Gold in the Americas exhibit of the City of Quebec’s Musée de la civilisation. The RCM is sponsoring this spectacular exhibition, which runs from April 30, 2008 to January 11, 2009. Its chief contribution and the "pièce de résistance" of the exhibit is the Mint’s dazzling 100-kg, 99.999% pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value. This masterpiece was recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest gold coin.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to showcase the skill and artistry which have made it one of the world’s premier refiners and producers of gold bullion products and collector coins," said Ian E. Bennett, RCM President and CEO. "By sponsoring this exhibit, the Mint, which is celebrating its own centennial in 2008, wishes to bequeath an unforgettable memory to the City of Quebec as it marks its 400th anniversary."
Joining the RCM’s 100-kg, 99.999% pure gold bullion coin in the RCM’s exhibit are various gold bullion products, ranging from a collection of 400-ounce solid gold bars to a specimen of the Mint’s new Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin, the world’s first bullion coin ever produced to celebrate an Olympic Games. Coin enthusiasts young and old will also be treated to a showcase of precious gold collector coins, from the award-winning 1997 Haida "Raven Bringing Light to the World" to the 1984 Jacques Cartier "Voyage of Discovery" coin, issued on the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s first landing in Canada.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008, is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint’s history, its products and services, please visit www.mint.ca.