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From: "Brian McConnell" <>
Subject: [CANADA-ORANGE] New 50¢ Jubilee Coin Press Release.
Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 06:48:05 -0300


> 50-CENT CIRCULATION COIN COMMEMORATES GOLDEN JUBILEE
> OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II
> May 16, 2002
>
> Toronto, Ontario, May 16, 2002— The Honourable David Collenette, Minister
of
> Transport, on behalf of the Honourable John Manley, the Deputy Prime
> Minister and Minister responsible for Infrastructure and Crown
Corporations,
> joined Danielle Wetherup, President and Master of the Royal Canadian Mint
in
> today's unveiling of a new Canadian 50-cent circulation coin commemorating
> the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
> Participating in the official unveiling were Joseph Volpe, Member of
> Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence and gold-medal Olympic Women’s hockey
team
> members Therese Brisson and Vicky Sunohara.
> The new 50-cent circulation coin features an effigy of the Queen first
used
> in 1953 on a medallion issued to celebrate her coronation. The coin design
> was concealed prior to the unveiling inside a giant Laura Secord chocolate
> box that was opened by Minister Collenette, the Olympians, and Mrs.
Wetherup
> at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. After the unveiling, Minister
> Collenette, Mr. Volpe, Mrs. Wetherup, Ms. Brisson and Ms. Sunohara served
> Laura Secord ice cream to members of the public and gave the new 50-cent
> coin as change.
> "The new 50-cent coin provides all Canadians with an opportunity to
collect
> a souvenir of this historic year, the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen
> Elizabeth II," said the Honourable David Collenette.
> Beginning the week of May 20, the Commemorative 50-cent coins will be
> available throughout Canada at over 175 Laura Secord Stores, over 6500
> Canada Post outlets, Hudson's Bay and the Royal Bank of Canada. Laura
Secord
> will be offering a special promotion during the summer whereby customers
> purchasing a French mint ice cream cone with a dollar or more will receive
a
> 50-cent coin in their change.
> "We are very pleased that Laura Secord, Canada Post, The Bay and Royal
Bank
> of Canada have partnered with us in this Golden Jubilee celebration to
make
> sure the new 50-cent coins are readily available to the Canadian public,"
> said Danielle Wetherup, President of the Royal Canadian Mint.
>
> The coins will also be available for exchange at Royal Canadian Mint
Golden
> Jubilee Tea Parties to be hosted by provincial Lieutenant Governors in
> communities across Canada throughout the summer, including Regina on May
20,
> Quebec City on June 13, Edmonton on June 30, Fredericton on July 27,
> Victoria on August 5 and Winnipeg on September 8.
> Special guests at these Golden Jubilee Tea Parties will include provincial
> Lieutenant Governors and Royal Canadian Mint travelling numismatists who
> will be available to answer questions about coins and coin collecting.
> The Royal Canadian Mint Golden Jubilee program is also reaching out to
kids
> through the Royally Cool Kids Golden Jubilee contest whereby kids can
enter
> the question they would like to ask the Queen (and why) for a chance to
win
> a trip to Ottawa to visit the Mint. Contest rules are available at
> www.mint.ca.
> The reverse of the Canadian 50-cent coin features the Canadian Coat of
Arms.
> Canada has always had a 50-cent circulation coin, and it was the first
coin
> struck at the Royal Canadian Mint when it opened in 1908. In recent
decades,
> the 50-cent circulation coin has not been widely used in business
> transactions, and most of the annual mintage is purchased by coin
> collectors. The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by artist Dora de
> Pédery-Hunt that appears on all Canadian coinage will return to the
50-cent
> circulation coin in 2003.
> The Golden Jubliee 50-cent circulation coins are also available in
keepsake
> booklets. In addition, collector versions are featured in a special
edition
> Golden Jubilee Uncirculated Coin Set and Proof Set for $15.95 ($10.45 US)
> and $99.95 ($65.45 US) respectively at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada,
> 1-800-268-6468 in the US, on the internet at www.mint.ca or from the Mint’
s
> global network of dealers and distributors.
> _________________________________________________
> Link: http://www.mint.ca/en/news/pr/new50cent.htm




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