Central Fund of Canada Limited
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Central Fund of Canada Limited

April 16, 2009 08:57 ET

Central Fund of Canada Limited Closes U.S.$210,000,000 Class a Share Issue

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - Central Fund of Canada Limited ("Central Fund") (TSX:CEF.A)(TSX:CEF.U)(NYSE Alternext US:CEF)(NYSE Amex:CEF.A) of Calgary, Alberta is pleased to announce that it has completed the sale of 20,000,000 Class A Shares of Central Fund at a price of U.S.$10.50 per Class A Share to CIBC (the "Underwriter"), raising total gross proceeds of U.S.$210,000,000. The Class A Shares offered were primarily sold to investors in Canada and in the United States under the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System.

The underwritten price of U.S. $ 10.50 per Class A Share was non-dilutive and accretive for the existing shareholders of Central Fund. Substantially all of the net proceeds of the offering have been invested in gold and silver bullion in international bar denominations in keeping with the asset allocation policies established by the Board of Directors of Central Fund, with the balance of the net proceeds reserved for additional bullion purchases and working capital purposes. The additional capital raised by this underwriting is expected to assist in reducing the annual expense ratio in favour of the Shareholders of Central Fund.

The new total of issued and outstanding Class A Shares of Central Fund is 184,967,713. The refined bullion and small bullion certificate holdings of Central Fund are now represented by approximately 1,173,028 fine ounces of gold and 58,648,793 ounces of silver. Cash and short-term interest bearing certificates, less accrued liabilities, now total a net amount of approximately U.S. $ 60,000,000.

Central Fund has filed a fourth prospectus supplement to the base shelf prospectus and registration statement dated March 31, 2008 with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplements and any other documents Central Fund has filed with the securities commissions in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Quebec, and the SEC, for more complete information about Central Fund and this offering. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplements filed in the United States from CIBC, 425 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10017, by fax at 212-667-6303 or by e-mail at useprospectus@us.cibc.com. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus and prospectus supplements filed in Canada from CIBC, fax 416-594-7242 or request a copy by telephone at 416-594-7270.

Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Central Fund's actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those risks detailed in the Central Fund's filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the SEC.

Central Fund of Canada Limited (Est. 1961) is a self-governing, exchange-tradeable, refined gold and silver bullion holding company. Class A Shares are qualified for inclusion in many North American regulated accounts. Central Fund's bullion holdings are stored on an unencumbered, allocated, segregated and insured basis in the treasury vaults of a major Canadian bank and are inspected semi-annually in the presence of Central Fund's auditors and bank representatives. Class A Shares are quoted on the NYSE Amex, LLC symbol CEF and the TSX, symbols CEF.A (Cdn. $) and CEF.U (U.S. $).

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