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THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT HAS DEDICATED the world's first 10-kilo, 99.999 per cent pure gold coin to Bill Reid's The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, one of the most celebrated masterpieces of Canadian art. The bold contours of the sculpture commissioned in 1985 for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. are captured in an ultra-high relief engraving. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This first-ever Canadian coin to bear a $100,000 face value was unveiled at the Bill Reid Gallery for Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver on Oct. 21. "Of all the materials Bill Reid worked with to create his imaginary bestiary, red cedar and gold were his favorite and he particularly loved to work with 22-karat gold for its properties: color, malleability, softness, warmth and luster," said Dr. Martine Reid, director of Research and Content at the Bill Reid Gallery. "All those who knew and worked with him think he would have been delighted by the Royal Canadian Mint's bold tribute to The Spirit of Haida Gwaii on a stunning 10-kilogram coin made of the purest gold in the world." No more than 15 of the coins will be crafted for collectors. Its price is a combination of the gold market rate at the time of purchase, plus a premium for its manufacturing and very limited mintage.

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Title Annotation:Windspeaker News Briefs; gold coin
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Nov 1, 2011
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