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Press release from Marketwire

Central Fund Announces Proposed Offering

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Central Fund Announces Proposed Offering16:02 EDT Tuesday, March 29, 2011TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - Central Fund of Canada Limited (TSX:CEF.A)(TSX:CEF.U)(NYSE Amex:CEF) ("Central Fund") of Calgary, Alberta announced today that it plans to offer Class A Shares of Central Fund to the public in Canada (except Québec) and in the United States under its existing U.S.$1,000,000,000 base shelf prospectus dated September 8, 2009 and filed with the securities commissions in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Québec, and under the multijurisdictional disclosure system in the United States pursuant to a proposed underwritten offering by CIBC. Central Fund will only proceed with the offering if it is non-dilutive to the net asset value of the Class A Shares owned by the existing Shareholders of Central Fund.The remaining amount of approximately U.S.$394,295,000 of the original U.S.$1,000,000,000 provided for in the base shelf prospectus is available for this offering.Substantially all of the net proceeds of the offering will be used for gold and silver bullion purchases, in keeping with the asset allocation policies established by the Board of Directors of Central Fund. Any additional capital raised by this offering is expected to assist in reducing the annual expense ratio in favour of the Shareholders of Central Fund. Central Fund has filed a base shelf prospectus and registration statement with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities (except Québec) 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 supplement, when filed, and any other documents Central Fund has filed with the securities commissions in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except Québec, and the SEC for more complete information about Central Fund and this offering. You may obtain a copy of the base shelf prospectus filed in the United States from CIBC World Markets Corp., 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 filed in Canada from CIBC, fax 416-594-7242 or request a copy by telephone at 416-594-7270. When filed, the United States and Canadian prospectus supplements for the offering may be obtained in the same manner as the base prospectus.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 Central Fund's filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the SEC.Central Fund of Canada Limited (est. 1961) is an 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 unencumbered in allocated and segregated safekeeping in Canada, in the treasury vaults of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The gold and silver bullion is physically inspected by Ernst & Young LLP in the presence of Central Fund's Directors and Officers as well as bank officials. Class A Shares are quoted on the NYSE Amex LLC symbol CEF and on the TSX, symbols CEF.A (Cdn. $) and CEF.U (U.S. $).FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: J.C. Stefan SpicerCentral Fund of Canada LimitedPresident and CEO905-648-7878info@centralfund.comwww.centralfund.com