Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases March 2013

Public ordering has opened for the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest batch of numismatic product releases. The new releases include a 1/25 oz gold coin featuring the bald eagle, the latest releases of the Group of Seven and O Canada series, and the first releases for two separate new series featuring Canadian ducks and dragonflies. The RCM is also accepting orders for commemorative silver coins issued by the Bank of Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The coins covered here can be found in the new releases section of the RCM website.

Bald Eagle Gold Coin

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The twelfth release in an ongoing series of 1/25 oz gold proof coins features the Bald Eagle. The coin, which has a diameter of 13.92 mm, features a portrait of the bald eagle including the head and upper body. It is interesting to see the animal which has made countless appearances on United States coins depicted on a Canadian coin.

The mintage limit is 10,000 pieces. The price is indicated at $129.95 CAD.


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The fifth release within the Group of Seven series features Franz Johnston’s painting The Guardians of the Gorge. You can find an image of the painting here.

The coin captures the image of outcroppings of granite which acts as a guard to a vast river canyon. Unfortunately not shown within the image is the face of a man which emerges from the rocky cliff to also watch over the canyon.

The mintage is limited to 7,000 pieces with a price of $89.95 CAD. Previous releases of this series have sold out quickly.


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The first release within a new series Ducks of Canada features the Mallard. The RCM mentions that the new series is an opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited Canada, a non profit organization dedicated to conserving wetlands.

A mallard pair walking along a snow dusted shore in late autumn is depicted in color on the reverse of the silver proof coin. Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 15.87 grams and diameter of 34 mm.

A mintage of 10,000 pieces is indicated with the coins priced at $69.95 CAD. A three coin subscription is also available, as well as a 25-cent colored coin with a different design. The website currently shows the individual option as Awaiting Stock.


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Another new series will feature dragonflies. The first release features a painted depiction of the Twelve-Spotted Skimmer. The background contains a hologram to represent the water. When the coin is tilted back and forth a full rainbow spectrum of color is visible.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 15.87 grams and diameter of 34 mm. With a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces, the price is $79.95 CAD.


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The third release in the O Canada 12-coin series features the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). An RCMP officer appears on horseback with the Canadian flag shown in the background.

These coins are struck with a matte proof finish in one-half ounce of 99.99% pure silver. The mintage limit is indicated at 40,000 with the price $39.95 CAD.


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The Royal Canadian Mint continues to recognize their country’s heroes of the War of 1812. The latest coin features a portrait of Charles-Michel de Salaberry, who led a successful and well known group of Colonial regulars who fought in the War of 1812.

With a mintage limit of 10,000, the 99.99% silver proof coins have a weight of 7.96 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The price is $49.95 CAD.


The Royal Canadian Mint recently started selling sterling silver commemorative coins issued by the Bank of Russia for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Four designs represent the Biathlon, Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating and Hockey events.

Each coin is struck in 92.5% silver with a proof finish. The weight is 33.94 grams and the diameter is 39 mm. The product pages indicate a limit of 35,000 coins worldwide, with 3,000 coins in Canada. The prices are $149.95 CAD each.

Additional new product releases for this month include the following:

  • 2013 American Robin Colored 25-Cent Coin
  • 2013 Blue Flag Iris Silver Coin with Crystal Elements
  • 2013 50-Cent Coin Rolls

perthPerth Mint ANDA Coin Show Specials

For those interested, the Perth Mint has started accepting website orders for two coin show specials issued for the Australasian Numismatic Dealer’s Association (ANDA) coin show.

The first coin celebrates the Year of the Snake and the ideals of Good Fortune with a depiction of the caduceus of the god Mercury, with Mercury and Fortuna to each side. The second coin features a colored version of the Year of the Snake Australian Lunar Series II Silver Coin.

The product pages for these two coins can be found in the Perth Mint’s new releases section.

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  1. Rolling-Thunder says

    Greetings Michael,
    Noticed that you missed the “Robin” and “Duck” 25 cent coins. No PM in these coins, but the “Birds of Canada Series” is very popular. I believe the Robin is the 11th coin in the series., There is some debate as to if the the Duck coin is a part of this series or not, but ducks are birds and the coin design is similar to other coins in the series.

    Some of the 2007 & 2008 Birds of Canada coins now sell for $300.+, that’s about 10X original cost. Not many 5-6 year old coins you can say that about.

    I like the Robin and the Duck subscription with box & duck call, but appears to be already sold out!

  2. zeman says

    Rolling-Thunder@ you can order the Duck Coin Box & duck call set from Gatewest coin if you want, but they will charge you for the whole 3 coin set upfront, and ship it in Jan 2014, the price is $199.95, you can only order by phone.

  3. Michael Zielinski says

    Rolling Thunder- I did give those coins a brief mention, but didn’t explore in detail. Thanks for that info on the series.

  4. Ibex says

    Gotta say I’m not feeling the RCM offerings this month. I get the Ducks niche market though. I have to say the RCM is the most innovative mint out there right now, stodgy US Mint could learn alot from these guys.

  5. Broooster says

    I really like that little gold Bald Eagle. The Duck coin reminds me of the Duck Stamps that used to be issued back in the day when stamps where popular to collect. Maybe they still make the Duck Stamps, I have no idea, stopped collecting stamps some time ago. (anyone interested in a bunch of first day issues, lol) As usual, I will buy from Gatewest, I like dealing with those folks.

    On a side note, my grandson’s “glow-in-the-dark” coin finally showed up, and it’s pretty cool.

  6. Rolling-Thunder says

    OK Michael – I do see you did mention the Robin & Duck 25 cent coins, I just did a quick read of your article before my post and did not notice your words but did notice no images of the coins. Sorry for doubting your completeness!

    Zeman – there is some good and bad about the Gatewest offer – good, you have a set price for all three coins (RCM could raise price for 2nd & 3rd coins – bad (as you mentioned) you have to pay for all three in advance & don’t get anything back until 3rd coin is released ~Jan 2014

    I think I’ll pass on Gatewest & try my luck on eBay for the 1st coin & box and then try to pick up coin 2 & 3 individually when released. I already purchased the 1st coin non-subscription – so hopefully worst is I’ll have all three duck coins without box or duck call.

    Sam & Ibex – agree RCM is currently most interesting mint!

    Latest RCM buzz – next $20. for $20 will be released soon ( a walking wolf) & next glass bug coin (rumors a butterfly) possibly April release.

  7. Ikaika says

    Anyone knows when the next coin from the lady and bumble bee venetian glass series will be issued?

  8. CABlackhawks says

    It’ll be April, word has leaked that it’ll be a blue butterfly and a purple flower with 10k mintage. Limit will be imposed but no idea what it’ll be.

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