New Releases from the Royal Canadian Mint – August 2012

Another round of new product releases are available from the Royal Canadian Mint. For most of the coins included below, only Master’s Club members have the ability to pre-order the coins at the current time, with orders opening to the general public on August 28.

Three different Royal Canadian Mint 2013 Year of the Snake Silver Coins will be offered across different sizes and shapes. The design at left is featured on one ounce silver proof coins with a mintage of 28,888 pieces and priced at $98.88 CAD, as well as one-half ounce silver coins with a specimen finish, carrying a mintage of 88,888 pieces and priced at $39.95 CAD.

The design at left is for a lotus shaped coin, with a weight of 26.7 grams (0.858 troy ounces) and diameter of 38 mm. The mintage is 28,888 pieces and the price is $98.88 CAD.

Two different 2013 Year of the Snake Gold Coins are available. Shown above is the one-tenth ounce size gold coin with a specimen finish, which carries a mintage of 18,888 coins and is priced at $229.95 CAD.

A proof version featuring the same design is also available. These coins are stuck in 18 karat gold (75% gold, 25% silver) with a weight of 11.84 grams and diameter of 28 mm. This version has a mintage of 2,500 coins and is priced at $688.88 CAD.

The latest coin issued to celebrate the Canadian heroes of the War of 1812 is the Sir Isaac Brock $350 Gold Coin. His success in defending Upper Canada from American invasion efforts earned him a knighthood and the title “The Hero of Upper Canada”.

The design for the 99.999% pure gold coin is based on a half-penny token released in 1816 and features two cherubs placing a memorial wreath upon an urn whose monument commemorates the date of Brock’s death. Inscriptions include “The Hero of Upper Canada” in English and French, and “Sir Isaac Brock”.

Each coin has a weight of 35 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The mintage is limited to 1,000 pieces, with pricing set at $2,799.95 CAD.

A silver dollar will celebrate the 100th Grey Cup game that will be played in Toronto in 2012. The coin design features a stylized image of the Grey Cup trophy mounted on its base, which is set against a detail from the engraved text on the cup and the number “100” in the background. Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 23.17 grams and diameter of 36 mm. The mintage is 10,000 pieces, with an ordering limit of 3 per household. The coins are priced at $69.95 CAD each.

Also available are 25-cent colored coin and stamp sets including the Grey Cup and highlighting different teams. These are priced at $25.95 CAD each.

The latest “Exchange $20 for $20” silver commemorative coin pays tribute to the Canadian Cent, or “penny”. This program has been very popular since it offers a coin struck in silver, priced at the legal tender face value.

I covered this release in a full article on Coin Update. This coin appears to be available for ordering right now, with a mintage of 250,000 and priced at $20.00 CAD. There is an ordering limit of 3 per household.

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  1. Shutter says

    I really like the scalloped edge snake a lot. In the picture, at least, the snake seems almost ready to jump off the coin and strike.

    I realize that RCM says that the latest “$20 for $20” is in tribute to the penny, but how would you know that by just looking at the coin?

  2. Wes says

    Dan heard that the problem with the Two Loon coin was the paint running but that problem has now been corrected. Don’t know if that poses any problems with the coins that had already been sent out. Maybe not if you say your coins look perfect.

  3. ibex says

    Regarding the 2 Loon, does its problems also translate to the Grosbeak? I’ve been waiting 4 months for that one too in a seperate order. Does anyone honestly buy the running paint excuse

  4. Louis Golino says

    Well, I don’t know if this is any indication, but Gatewest put the new coins up and almost immediately the half ounce snakes were down to low stock!

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