October 29, 2011

Royal Canadian Mint Bill Reid 10-kg Gold Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled the world's first 10-kg 99.999% pure gold coin featuring an ultra-high relief engraving of Bill Reid's famous masterpiece The Spirit of Haida Gwaii.

The coin measure 180mm in diameter, has a face-value of $100,000 and is the world's highest denomination non-circulation coin. It was produced using the same press from which the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games athlete medals were produced.

On the reverse side appears the image of Reid's masterpiece, highlighted in a proof finish. There is a striking contrast between the sculpture's image, which is engraved in a satin finish set against a mirror-like background
. The image was capture by the now retired Mint Master Engraver Cosme Saffioti. The obverse side features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created by Susan Blunt in 2003. No more than 15 of these exclusive collector's coins will be produced for collectors of fine art and of fine gold.


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