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$100 2012 14k Gold Coin - 150th Anniversary

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This $100 coin marks the 150th anniversary of the Cariboo Gold Rush. It has been double struck in 14 karat gold with a frosted cameo proof finish, the highest quality strike produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin comes encapsulated and cased with a numbered certificate of authenticity. A 55 year old mint condition Cariboo Gold Rush postage stamp is included as a free bonus exclusive to The Shopping Channel.

The Royal Canadian Mint first introduced $100 gold coins in 1976, and has been producing one coin in each year since this time. Each of these coins marks a moment in the history of Canada with superb art in highest quality strike possible from the Royal Canadian Mint. The 2012 coin is likely to be one of the most sought after and difficult to find coins in the series based both on its beautiful and historically interesting design and on its rarity.

Coin Design: The design features a classic image of prospectors panning and using a sluice to extract gold from a river. In the background, a man sits astride one of the infamous Laumeister camels surrounded by the rugged terrain that gives evidence of the challenging conditions prospectors faced during the Cariboo Gold Rush.

Rarity: 2,500 Mintage Lowest ever in the series  Over the past few years, the Royal Canadian Mint has significantly reduced the mintages of many of its coins, leading to regular sell outs and many coins rapidly appreciating in the secondary market.  Through the 1970s and 1980s, mintages of $100 gold coins averaged well over 100,000 per year, and even hit a record production of 1 million pieces in 1976.  With a limited mintage of only 2,500 pieces, this coin is destined to be an elusive date needed by every collector trying to complete the series.

In the late 1800's stories began to circulate of rivers flowing with gold so close to the surface that prospectors barely needed to do any panning. Gold seekers from as far away as California and Asia began flocking to the Cariboo region of what's now known as the province of British Columbia.

It was an extremely dangerous game where ingenuity and determination reigned. The young British colony virtually collapsed under the population boom as it struggled to build the famous Cariboo Wagon Road in 1862. One misguided merchant brought camels into the region believing they would be highly effective in the inhospitable conditions. His endeavour was short lived as was the gold rush itself. Most of the region's gold was extracted during the first five years with nearly $4 million in gold being claimed in 1863 alone-an unimaginable amount for the time equivalent to tens of millions of dollars today.  Provincial records indicate that at least 2,592,385 ounces of gold were extracted from the region between 1858 and 1898.  At current values, this gold would be worth over $4.5 billion today.

• Mintage: Limited to 2,500 coins worldwide     
• Weight (g) 12        
• Composition: 14k gold

• $100 2012 14k Gold Coin - 150th Anniversary

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This product comes with a 30-day warranty.