New Issue: Their Royal Highnesses grace $20 Proof silver coin in another Mint first

It’s another first for the Royal Canadian Mint: a newly issued coloured $20 Proof silver coin—A Royal Tour—is the first to depict Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Prince George; and Princess Charlotte.

“The Government of Canada is thrilled that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on their second visit to Canada and we are especially delighted that Prince George and Princess Charlotte could join them,” said Finance Minister Bill Morneau. “The pride of Canadians in this historic moment will be permanently reflected in the silver coin that the Royal Canadian Mint has finely crafted to mark this occasion.”

Since Sept. 24, and until Oct. 1, some of Canada’s majestic, end-of-summer scenery will be the backdrop for the most recent Royal Tour. In what’s their second official tour to Canada, Prince William and Kate Middleton (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) visited British Columbia and Yukon.

The new one-ounce Royal Tour coin features a full-colour application that recreates photographer Chris Jelf’s portrait of the Royal family together. The photo is framed by an outer rim that includes four engraved maple leaves—one for each family member—alongside the country of issue “CANADA”, the face value “20 DOLLARS” and the year-date “2016”.

“The Mint is proud of the many coins we have produced in honour of Canada’s Royal Family and our newest collector coin celebrates The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the very first time,” said Sandra Hanington, Mint president and CEO. “We look forward to commemorating other special Royal Family milestones on our coins in the years to come.”

This recent Royal Tour was Prince William’s third official tour to Canada and his first to Yukon and British Columbia (he had previously visited B.C., although not officially). He and his wife made their first tour to Canada together in 2011; it was also their first overseas tour following their wedding on April 29 of that year.

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