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Mint marks 100th anniversary of Titanic sinking with silver coin

A Royal Canadian Mint commemorative silver coin, designed by artist Yves Berube to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, is unveiled in Halifax on Monday.

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The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a commemorative silver coin to mark the centennial of the Titanic sinking.

The collector coin features a design by artist Yves Bérubé of the ship under full steam as it nears an iceberg. It also shows the longitude and latitude of where the ship sank in the North Atlantic.

The mint says it contains 99.99 per cent pure silver, has a $10 face value and will sell for $64.95. It is making 20,000 of the coins.

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It is also producing a silver-plated 50-cent coin and 25-cent copper-nickel coin to mark the tragedy. They will sell for $34.95 and $25.95, respectively.

"The tragic fate of the Titanic has long captivated the world's imagination," Senator Stephen Greene said in a statement. "These beautifully crafted coins pay tribute to the many sacrifices that were made and hard lessons that were gained by humanity during the RMS Titanic's voyage 100 years ago."

Britain's Royal Mint has also produced two coins to remember the disaster.

The Titanic sank April 15, 1912, killing 1,500 people. Seven hundred survived.

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