The Royal Canadian Mint has recently released some new coins to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Earlier in the year, they had released a commemorative silver dollar. The latest include a circulating $2 commemorative coin, a one kilo silver coin, and one kilo gold coin.
The HMS Shannon $2 Coin will be the first in a series of five circulating commemorative coins to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The $2 coin features an image of the HMS Shannon leaving Halifax Harbour on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The coins are bi-metallic and include the security features of the RCM’s new muli-plated steel $2 coins.
The next four issues in the series will be 25-cent coins to be released in 2012 and 2013, honoring Major General Isaac Brock, Tecumseh, Charles De Salaberry, and Lura Secord. Designs for the coins are not yet revealed. It appears that all coins will be released into general circulation, allowing the Canadian public to collect them from pocket change or banks.
There is a product listing for a five pack of the new $2 coins priced at face value of $10, however, after adding the item to my cart, I was informed that it could not be shipped to the United States. The product page is here.
The King George III Peace Medal One Kilogram $250 Coin is indicated as the “first 1812-themed one kilogram fine silver coin” suggesting that there will be others. This reverse of the coin contains both the obverse and reverse designs from the King George III Peace Medal. The obverse of the one kilo coin includes the Susanna Blunt portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% purity with a face value of $250. The mintage is limited to just 600 coins. Pricing is set at $2,249.95 CAD.
The same design is offered on a one kilogram gold coin with an extremely tiny mintage. The coins are struck in 99.99% pure gold and carry a face value of $2,500. The mintage is just 20 coins with orders accepted by phone only. Pricing is set at $69,000 CAD.