Today, the Royal Canadian Mint started regular sales for a number of new products. Since there are many new coins, I will cover them over the next two posts.
This post will cover the 2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins. This series was launched last year as a tribute to Canada’s iconic emblem. The designs for this year’s coin feature an arrangement three maple leaves. The central leaf echoes the leaf centered in the Canadian flag. The obverse of each coin contains the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The reverse design for these coins by Luc Normandin was inspired by the design that has appeared on Canada’s one-cent coin since 1937. In recent news, the Canadian government announced the elimination of the denomination.
The Maple Leaf Forever Coins include some large sized coins with extremely limited mintages, as well as small sized coins with larger mintages and lower pricing points.
A Platinum Maple Leaf Forever $300 Coin is available. These are struck in proof format in 99.95% purity and contain one troy ounce of platinum. The mintage limit is 250 coins, with pricing at $2,999.95 CAD. This is the first platinum coin within the series.
A one kilo gram gold coin with a face value of $2500 is offered. This coin has a proof finish and mintage of just 30 pieces. The price of the coin is $69,000 CAD.
On the other end of the spectrum, a one-tenth ounce coin with a face value of $5 is also offered. These coins have a specimen finish and mintage limit of 25,000 coins. The price is $229.95 CAD. This is the first smaller sized gold coin offered in the series.
A one kilogram silver coin with a face value of $250 is available. This coin has a proof finish and mintage of 1,200 coins. The price is $2,249.95 CAD.
A smaller sized one-half ounce silver coin with a face value of $10 is also available. These coins have a specimen finish and mintage limit of 100,000. The price of this coin is $34.95 CAD.
Each of these coins as well as the ones that will be covered tomorrow were actually made available earlier to members of the Master’s Club as a “pre-sale”. Master’s Club status is achieved making over $999.99 CAD worth of Royal Canadian Mint purchases in a consecutive 365 day period. Some of the benefits of this club include free shipping for all orders, special products and exclusive offers, access to pre-sales for new releases, and email sell out notices and reminders.
In the future, I will provide information on new releases as soon as they become available to Masters Club members. One of the new releases for this month actually sold out during the pre-sale period.