In 1997 the Royal Canadian Mint introduced the 1 oz Gold Mountie coin. The 1997 edition was introduced to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The 1 oz Gold Mountie has only two editions, the first issued in 1997 and the second edition was introduced in 2011. The 1997 edition has a fineness of .9999 gold and a nominal value of 50 Dollars. The 2011 edition is one of the purest gold coins in the world with a fineness of .99999/1000 and has a face value of 200 Dollars.
At various times in the past the Royal Canadian Mint has honored the RCMP on different types of Canadian coins. The first coin to highlight a depiction of the RCMP was the 1973 one dollar coin and the 1973 twenty five cent coin. Both coins were designed by Paul Cedarberg, who was a police constable.
The 1 oz Canadian Mounted gold coin series is not produced every year, which adds to its appeal as a collector coin. The unique design along with the high level of purity make this a classic. Gold coins from the Royal Canadian Mint are some of the most popular in the world.
1 oz Canadian Mountie Gold Coin (2011 Edition)
The 2011 edition of the Canadian Mountie gold coin has a fineness of 99.999% gold and is one of the purest gold coins in the world. The design is modeled after the 1997 edition, which was created by master engraver Ago Anrand. The mintage of the 2011 edition is just 8,408 pieces.
The design of of the 2011 edition is slightly different than the inaugural 1997 edition. The main motif depicts a mounted Canadian police officer in full gallop holding a Canadian flag. The inscriptions around the outer edge read “CANADA” and “FINE GOLD 1 OZ OR PUR”. There are also six canadian maple leafs that adorn the outer coin edge. Below the mountie is the fineness, engraved as “99999”. In the background on both sides of the coin is a mesh finish, which adds to the uniqueness of the design.
The value side depicts a right side portrait of queen Elizabeth II, designed by artist Susanna Blunt. Around the outer edge are the name of the regent “ELIZABETH II”, the nominal value of “200 DOLLARS” and the date of issue “2011”. The outer edge also features six maple leafs.
The edge bar is reeded, and has a 12 sided border.
Product Specifications (2011 Edition)
Weight: 1 troy ounce
Diameter: 30 mm
Thickness: 2.87 mm
Purity: 99.999% gold
Nominal Value: 200 Dollars
1 oz Canadian Gold Mountie Coin (1997 Edition)
The first 1 oz Canadian Gold Mountie was introduced in 1997. The Royal Canadian Mint gave a guaranteed repurchase price on the coin of US$310 until January 1, 2000. Just 12,913 of these coins were originally minted and many were repurchased by the Royal Canadian Mint.
The limited mintage along with the special theme make this an ideal collector coin. This is another exceptional design from the Royal Canadian Mint.
The motif side of the coin depicts a mounted police riding a horse carrying a flag. Surrounding the outer edge is the country of origin “CANADA” and 12 maple leafs. Below the motif are the engravings “.9999” and “FINE GOLD 1 OZ OR PUR”
The value side of the coin depicts the familiar portrait of queen Elizabeth II that is seen on commonwealth coins. The engravings that surround the inner circle include the name of the regent “ELIZABETH II”, the year of issue “1997”, the nominal value of “50 DOLLARS” and the letters “D.G. REGINA”.
The inscriptions on the outer circle read “US310 GUARANTEED BY THE RCM TO JAN. 1st 2000” and “US310 GARANTIS PAR LA MRC JUSQU’AU 1er JANV. 2000”.
The edge bar features a 10 sided decagonal rim, which is very unique for a gold coin. The edge bar is also slightly raised which protects the motif.
Product Specifications (1997 Edition)
Weight: 1 troy ounce
Diameter: 30 mm
Thickness: 2.8 mm
Nominal Value: 50 Dollars
Coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint are some of the highest quality gold coins in the world.
The limited mintage of both editions make these coins rare and highly collectable.
Both editions have very unique and beautiful designs. The renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police has a rich history.
Both editions have a high gold purity level
Because of the limited mintage, the Canadian Mountie gold coin is considered a semi-numismatic coin. As a result, the premium will be higher. It is important to keep the Canadian Mountie gold coin in its protective packaging to protect the coin. Surface scratches could affect the resale value.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The parliament of Canada created a centralized police force in 1873 by sending 150 new recruits to Manitoba. This police force would eventually become known as the North West Mounted Police.
The police force would grow to 275 men by 1874, half of which were based at Fort Macleod Alberta, and the rest were split between Fort Edmonton and Fort Pelly, Saskatchewan. Later that year the mounted police would expand into Fort Calgary and Fort Walsh in Cypress Hills Saskatchewan. The force had grown to over 1,000 men by 1885.
King Edward VII issued the title of “Royal” to the North West Mounted Police and from 1905-1916 new contracts were given to police the Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.
After a new law passed Parliament in 1919, the Mounted Police merged with the Dominion Police in the east and became known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In 1932 the size of the RCMP had grown to 2,350 members with responsibility for policing in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The RCMP would continue to expand and in 1950 took over policing in Newfoundland and the British Columbia providence. Women police officers were allowed into the force in 1974 and by 1980 the RCMP would take part in their first United Nations assignment, where 100 officers were sent to Namibia to provide security for national elections.
The RCMP has grown from an organization that enforced laws in Canada’s developing western territory to an organization of more than 28,000 people. Today the reach of the RCMP is vast. The scope of operation includes the national police force, enforcement of national borders, as well as an organized crime unit that deals with terrorism, economic crimes and illicit drugs.
Royal Canadian Mint
The first Canadian Mint was established in 1908 in Ottawa, as a branch of the Royal Mint London. Prior to this, from 1858 to 1907 most canadian coins were struck at the Royal Mint in London, England. The original branch in Ottawa on Sussex drive is still in operation today.
When the first Mint in opened in Ottawa, the main focus was on producing Sovereign gold coins for England. In 1908, the Department of Finance instructed the mint to produce 8,000 five dollar gold coins and 8,000 ten dollar gold coins. These were the first gold coins that were inscripted with the word “Canada”.
In 1931, the mint separated from the Royal Mint London and was placed under the Canadian Department of Finance. In April of 1969 it became a Crown Corporation. Today the mint produces coins for Canada as well as foreign countries. Besides the Ottawa facility the mint also has branches in Manitoba and Winnipeg.
Other important dates of the mint include:
In 1982 the mint produced the world’s first 99.99% gold bullion coin.
In 1988 the Silver Maple Leaf (99.99% pure) and the Platinum Maple Leaf (99.95% pure) were introduced.
In 2005 the mint introduced the Palladium Maple Leaf (99.95 pure)
with a face value of 50 Dollars.
In 2007 the mint created a 99.999% pure gold bullion coin. The Royal Canadian Mint is the only mint in the world to produce a coin of this level.
Also in 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint produced the first million dollar gold coin. The coin weighs 100 kg, has a face value of 1 million dollars and is 99.999% pure gold. It was introduced to showcase the mints new series of “five nine” pure gold coins.
In Germany, investment gold coins are exempt from VAT regulated in § 25c UStG. The following criteria make the Canadian Mountie gold coin investment gold.
The gold coin must have been stamped after 1800.
It must be or have been an official means of payment in the country of production.
It must have a fine gold content of at least 900/1000.
The gold coin may not exceed the open market value by more than 80%
Manufacturer: Royal Canadian Mint
Country of origin: Canada
Series Name: Royal Canadian Mountie Gold Coin
Size: 1 oz
Scratch resistance: Poor
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