The Royal Canadian Mint has now started accepting pre-orders for another group of new product releases. These include an alternate version of the Maple Leaf Impression coin, a new silver hologram coin, a glow in the dark 25-cent coin, and kilogram sized gold and silver coins. The latest releases are available for the Ducks of Canada series, O Canada series, and the $20 for $20 program. New series begin featuring Sea Creatures on 1/25 gold coins, Canadian animals on 99.999% gold coins, and silver coins with vignettes from historical Canadian banknotes.
At this time, the new products are available for pre-order by Master’s Club members only. Orders will open for the general public on July 3.
The 2013 Maple Leaf Impression $20 Silver Coin features the same basic design as a release from the prior month. An arrangement of more than 100 small maple leaves creates the impression of a larger maple leaf at center. The present release features the design on a larger sized coin with the central impression filled with a translucent red enamel. Each coin is struck in 99.99% fine silver with a weight of 31.39 grams. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.
One kilogram sized gold and silver coins are released featuring a scene of male and female caribou standing together against the backdrop of the Canadian Arctic. The 1 kilo silver coin has a mintage of 500 pieces, while the 1 kilo gold coin has a mintage of just 20 pieces.
A new silver hologram coin celebrates an Odawa legend about the cultural hero known as Nanahboozho, who could shape shift into the form of a Giant Hare. According to the legend, after creating Turtle Island, Nanahboozho built great bonfires which created the Northern Lights. Each coin is stuck in 99.99% fine silver with a weight of 31.39 grams and incorporates a shaped hologram to depict the Northern Lights. The mintage limit is 8,500.
Gold and silver coins are issued to celebrate the First Special Service Force or “Devil’s Brigade”, a joint World War II American-Canadian commando unit. The design features a stylized star and maple leaf to each side of the shoulder patch of the First Special Service Force. The 99.99% fine silver coins have a weight of 23.17 grams and are limited to 20,000 pieces. The 99.99% pure gold coins have a weight of 7.8 grams and are limited to 2,000 pieces.
The third Prehistoric Animals Glow in the Dark Coin features the Tylosaurus, a super predator lizard which grew to 43 feet in length. The design features an image of what the creature may have looked like, with the glow in the dark image presenting an intricate portrayal of its skeleton. The first two releases of this series sold out quickly. The mintage limit for the 25-cent curpo-nickel coin is 30,000 pieces.
The first release within a new series of Sea Creatures coins features the Starfish. The 1/25 oz. 99.99% pure gold proof coin carries a face value of 50 cents. The mintage limit is 10,000 pieces.
Another new series begins featuring vignettes from historical Canadian banknotes. The design for the first coin captures a sea-scape themed vignette from the 1888 $20 banknote. This coin features a highly detailed engraved design which uses various finishes to create texture and contrast against a brilliant background. The 99.99% fine silver proof coins have a weight of 23.17 grams, with a mintage limit of 8,500 pieces.
Another new series begins which features iconic Canadian animals on 99.999% pure $350 gold coins. The design for the first release features a polar bear within its natural environment. Each coin is struck in 99.999% pure gold to proof quality with a weight of 35 grams. The mintage is 600 pieces.
The second coin in the Ducks of Canada series features the Wood Duck. The 99.99% fine silver colored proof coin has a weight of 15.87 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The mintage limit is 10,000 pieces. Colored cupro-nickel 25-cent coins are also available with a mintage limit of 17,5000 pieces.
The seventh release within the O Canada series depicts a family standing at the observation deck of Horseshoe Falls, one of three waterfalls that makes up the Niagara Falls. The 1/2 ounce 99.99% fine silver coin has a mintage limit of 40,000 pieces.
A special edition silver dollar is issued to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement. The design is a near exact reproduction of the Canadian Korea Medal that was awarded to all Commonwealth forces. Each coin is struck in 99.99% fine silver to proof quality with a weight of 23.17 grams and diameter of 36.07 mm. The mintage limit is 10,000 pieces.
Last but not least, the Royal Canadian Mint has released another coin in the popular “Exchange $20 for $20 Program” which allows collectors to purchase a silver coin for its legal tender face value of $20. The latest design features a depiction of an iceberg. Following the format of the series, each coin carries a specimen finish and is struck in 99.99% fine silver with a weight of 7.96 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The maximum mintage is indicated at 225,000 pieces, which is reduction from the 250,000 level used for prior releases.