The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting pre-orders for another batch of new product releases. At this time, the products can only be pre-ordered by Masters Club members, with shipping to begin on May 28, 2012. A number of high precious metals content coins with extremely low mintages are included, along with the final release of the silver and niobium Algonquin Full Moons series.
A .9999 fine 5 oz. silver coin will be issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. This annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival is held each July in Calgary, Alberta and is billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. The design of the coin by Canadian artist Michelle Grant features the six time world champion bucking bronco Grated Coconut ridden by a bareback cowboy.
The mintage of this coin is limited to just 1,500 coins. Pricing is set at $495.95 CAD.
A .9999 fine 5 oz. gold coin featuring the same design is also available. This coin carries an extremely limited mintage of 200 pieces and is priced at $11,999.95 CAD.
The Royal Canadian Mint will release its first 5 kilogram silver coin featuring ‘The Spirit of Haida Gwaii’ design from the masterpiece by renowned Canadian artist Bill Reid. This coin has a diameter of 180 mm and contains 5 kilograms of .9999 pure silver.
The mintage is limited to just 100 pieces worldwide, and the coin is shown as “sold out” on the pre-order page.
Previously, the RCM released a 10 kilogram gold coin featuring the same design with a mintage of no more than 15 pieces.
A Year of the Dragon Fractional Gold Set is included in the latest releases. This set includes four .9999 pure gold coins with a proof finish in 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, and 1/10 ounce sizes. The design features a classic Asian interpretation of the dragon with lotus flowers and clouds of good fortune. This is listed as a one-time unique set, which is not part of a series or subscription.
The mintage limit is only 500 coins, with pricing at $5,499.95 CAD per set.
The fourth and final coin in the silver and niobium series featuring the Algonquin Full Moons will be released. The Algonquins are First Nations inhabitants of North America who looked to the moon to track time and assigned a name to each full moon. The buck, hunter, wolf, and pink moon, which represent the summer, autumn, winter, and spring, are included in the coin series.
Each coin has a selectively oxidized niobium core with a unique color to match the theme of the coin. The outer ring of the coin is struck in 92.5% sterling silver.
This final release features a cluster of phlox blossoming before a full moon with selective pink coloring applied. This design is by Canadian artist John Mantha.
The mintage limit is 7,500 with a price of $121.95 CAD. The RCM website also already shows this issue as “sold out”.