On Monday, 5th March, 2012 Royal Canadian Mint unveiled new commemorative 99.99% pure silver collector coins, to mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic sinking that went down on April 15, 1912.
Designed by artist Yves Berube, the coins feature the ship moving full steam as it approaches the iceberg that sealed its fate. It is also characterized by the latitude and longitude of where the ship sank in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Newfoundland. Alongside the nautical coordinates, a map of the Canadian Atlantic coast completes the fine detailing. The selective trio of collector coins include a $10 silver coin, 50-cent silver plated colored coin and 25-cent colored coin.
The inauguration at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is also to commemorate Canada’s association with the sinking of the ship. Halifax in Nova Scotia retains many memories of the tragedy right from gravestones, memories to fragments of vessels found aboard the ship.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to commemorate Canada’s history, culture and values with special collector coins,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Canada is forever linked with the story of the RMS Titanic through the efforts of Canadian ships that took part in recovery operations and by the memory of the lives lost that rest peacefully in Halifax cemeteries.”
“The tragic fate of the Titanic has long captivated the world’s imagination,” said the Honourable Stephen Greene, Senator, on behalf of Minister Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint. “These beautifully crafted coins pay tribute to the many sacrifices that were made and hard lessons that were gained by humanity during the RMS Titanic‘s voyage one hundred years ago”.
The three coins will sell for $64.95 for pure silver coin, $34.95 for the 50-cent coin and $25.95 for the 25-cent coin. They are available directly through the Royal Canadian Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US or on http://www.mint.ca/.
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