2018 $20 FINE SILVER COIN – CANADA'S HISTORICAL STAMPS: PARLIAMENT BUILDING 1927 CONFEDERATION No. 168022Canada’s first stamp-shaped coin! Order today!Condition - New.A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is applicable). Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. See the seller's listing for full details.  This FIRST coin in a limited series! A limited work of art! Only 5,000 coins available worldwide—highly collectible!Canada’s  postal  past  is  lined  with  philatelic  gems  that  are  a  pictorial  journey  through  time!  The  Royal Canadian  Mint’s  Canada’s  Historical  Stamps  series  is  a  numismatic  tribute  to  early  20th  century  stamp designs, with colourful reproductions engraved within the “perforated” edges that transform this rectangular coin into a stamp-shaped one.Special features:·        Canada’s first stamp-shaped coin. With serrated edges that mimic a postal stamp’s perforations, this fine silver coin is a numismatic  celebration  of  Canada’s  postal  and  philatelic history,  with  a  special  focus  on  early  20th  century  stamp designs. ·        The classic look of a bygone era. This FIRST coin in a limited series  travels  back  in  time  to  1927  to  reproduce  a  stamp issued for Canada’s Diamond Jubilee.  ·        Faithful reproduction. The engraved reproduction of the 1927 stamp  is  just  as  detailed  as  the  original  —  complete  with horizontal lines that were the product of intaglio printing, or line  engraving,  one  of  the  oldest  methods  of  stamp production.  ·        Vintage  colours.  The  addition  of  colour  over  engraving completes this reproduction of the original brown carmine-coloured stamp. ·        Forever preserved in 99.99% pure silver, this collectible is the perfect gift for philatelists and numismatists alike.Design:Engraved on the stamp-shaped reverse is a detailed reproduction of a Canadian postal stamp issued on June 29, 1927, to commemorate Canada’s Diamond Jubilee. Titled Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, the original design by Herman Herbert Schwartz and engraved by Harold Osborn, features a front view of the Peace Tower and Centre Block building on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa. The three-cent stamp was printed using the traditional intaglio printing or line engraving method, as evidenced by the horizontal lines re-created on the reverse. An application of modern colour mimics the brown carmine hue of the original issue, while the double  dates  “1867”  and  “1927”  and  the  word  “CONFEDERATION”  reflect  the  60th  anniversary  of Confederation. Like the 1927 stamp, the reverse includes ornamental flourishes and the word “CANADA” on a scroll banner, along with the bilingual “POSTES / POST” and the face value, represented by the number “3” and the word “CENTS”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. Did you know… ·        Designed by Sir Sandford Fleming in 1851, the Three-Pence Beaver is Canada's first stamp and one of the world's earliest pictorial stamps. ·          The first perforated stamp was issued in 1858. The rows of holes or "teeth" made it easier to separate individual stamps from a sheet, which were previously hand cut by postal clerks. ·        Herman Herbert Schwartz designed many Canadian stamps issued between 1927 and 1954, including a collector favourite: the Bluenose in 1929. Schwartz also designed one of the first Canadian stamps to feature Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, issued in 1953. ·        Prior to 1967, many of Canada's stamps were the product of an engraving process. Like a coin, each design was engraved to scale (in reverse) on a master die, followed by a test run of trial prints known as "die proofs." Once approved, the die was hardened and copied to a "transfer roll," which impressed hundreds of copies of the design onto a metal plate that would print the sheets of stamps. A total of three plates of 200 stamps each were used to print the stamp re-created on the reverse.Packaging:Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box. Order today! Specifications Mint Price  $139.95 Item Number 168022 Composition 99.99% pure silver Mintage 5,000 Weight 31.86 g Diameter  51 mm x 30 mm Face Value $20 Finish Proof Packaging Maroon clamshell with black beauty box Finished size 88 mm x 88 mm

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