Today, the Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders for three new coins as well as a new subscription series. Two silver coins feature the beaver, one platinum coin features the bald eagle, and the subscription series celebrates Canada’s national identity.
The beaver became an official symbol of Canada in 1975 and is one of the country’s two national animals. A beaver appeared on the first coat of arms associated within the area which is now Canada, which dates back to the early 1620′s.
The 2013 Beaver 1 oz Fine Silver $20 Coin features an adult beaver felling a tree with a wooden structure created by the heaver also incorporated. Inscriptions include “Canada”, the date “2013″, and the face value of “20 Dollars”.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. The mintage is limited to 8,500 pieces, and the price is $99.95 CAD.
Also available is a five ounce silver coin also highlighting the beaver. The 2013 Beaver 5 oz. Sine Silver $50 Coin coin features a family of beavers immersed in the work of felling trees for their dam, lodge, and food cache. Inscriptions include “Canada”, “2013″, and “50 Dollars”.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with metal weight of 5 troy ounces and a diameter of 65 mm. The mintage is mintage is limited to 1,500 pieces, and the price is $519.95 CAD.
The bald eagle is featured on a limited mintage platinum coin. The great Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is Canada’s largest bird of prey which came back from the brink of extinction in some areas in the 1970′s. The bird breeds in all provinces and territories and Canada, with their stronghold in British Columbia.
The 2013 Bald Eagle 1 oz. Fine Platinum $300 Coin features a pair of bald eagles near their watery environment. The inscriptions include “Canada”, “2013″, and the legal tender face value of “300 Dollars”.
Each coin is struck in 99.95% pure platinum with a diameter of 30 mm. The mintage is limited to just 200 coins worldwide, with pricing at $2,999.95 CAD. The product page currently indicates that the coin is “awaiting stock”.
The O Canada Subscription Series celebrates Canada’s national identity with depictions of important icons on 12 different one-half ounce 99.99% pure silver coins. The Royal Canadian Mint offers 40,000 subscriptions for the series, which will guarantee availability of all 12 coins. Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 15.87 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The finish is listed as matte proof.
The 12 coin series includes the following coins:
#1 – The Inukshuk
#2 – The Beaver
#3 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
#4 – The Polar Bear
#5 – Summer Life
#6 – The Wolf
#7 – Niagara Falls
#8 – The Caribou
#9 – Hockey
#10 – The Orca
#11 – The Maple Leaf (in colour)
#12 – Holiday
The subscription is $39.95 per coin, delivered and billed at a rate of one coin per month. A free wooden collectors box is included with coin #3, and coin #11, which is colored, is priced at a savings of $15 for subscribers.