Royal Canadian Mint Unikate
September 25, 2003
ROYAL CANADIAN MINT GENERATES $117,700.01 FOR CANADIAN CHARITIES HUMANE SOCIETY AND SAVE THE CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM AUCTION OF ONE-OF-A KIND COINS
OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Mint announced today that the two one-of-a kind coins it struck to celebrate the new effigy of the Queen generated $117,700.01 in a ten day E-bay auction, which closed today at 3:00 p.m. EST.
These coins mark the first time that the venerable 95-year-old institution, which operates a commercial Crown corporation since 1969, has minted single strike coins. The auction was closely followed by coin collectors internationally, generating more than 90 bids for each coin.
The Humane Society of Canada received $62,600 and Save the Children Canada received $55,100.01 from the sale of the two gold coins featuring the new effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is a patron of the two Canadian charities.
"The Royal Canadian Mint is especially pleased that these coins have generated substantial interest among Canadians and benefited the Humane Society of Canada and Save the Children Canada", said David C. Dingwall, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
"The Humane Society of Canada is delighted with the results of this most interesting donation" said President Michael O’Sullivan. "I would like to thank the Mint and the coin collecting industry for their support, and for the opportunity to participate in an event as rare as this".
"It was an honour to take part in this historic event and to be the recipient of such generosity that will lead to real and tangible improvements in the lives of children,"said Rita Karakas, CEO of Save the Children Canada. "This donation will help sustain Save the Children Canada's vital programs to enhance the lives of millions of children and provide them with greater opportunity, a better future and most importantly, hope."
Both coins feature the new effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The first of the two coins features the Royal Canadian Mint's 2003 Silver Dollar Coronation design on the reverse and the other features the 2002 Silver Dollar Jubilee design. The coins were auctioned separately.
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Bilder mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Royal Canadian Mint.
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