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Media Forum - Canadaian Coins for 2009
March 18, 2009

Royal Canadian Mint

This year's guest of honor at the Media Forum of the World Money Fair in Berlin - The Royal Canadian Mint - started the Forum with a speech from Ian Bennett outlining the planned Celebrations for the RCM's Centennial this year. Bennett noted that the demand for gold and silver bullion coins was a challenge for the RCM in 2008, as it was for other mints world-wide, but strong sales and good profitability for the mint indicated that the challenge was successfully met.

Some of the most exciting developments in through 2008 and into 2009 for the RCM included advancements in robotic coin production, development of a new website and a bevy of new issues, including a $300 Gold painted mask coin with a stellar design, a $200 Gold Mining coin, a painted 50 Toa for Papua New Guinea, a Centennial of Flight coin series and a special mint set for the World Money Fair.

The RCM also is doing a great unity of Canada coin with a six-string guitar theme. It's a 50-cent coin in a triangular shape and the guitar strings signify the unity of the country. Check out their new mint website for more information on the design and construction of the original guitar on which this coin design was based.

If you are into Hockey, you'll be as pleased as I was that the RCM will be releasing a proof silver dollar with some gold plating for the Centennial of the Montreal Canadians hockey team. Always near the center of the sport this team has held a warm spot in the hearts of Canadians and hockey fans worldwide from their founding in 1909. Expect this coin to sell out fast and become a popular item in the aftermarket.

Of course, at the center of the RCM program for 2009 will be a slew of coins produced for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics. There will be a wide selection of collector coins in addition to a series of 50-cent color coins in base metal and with special packaging for gift giving. Also of note is the fact that the RCM will produce the athlete's medals for Vancouver.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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