The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled the designs for seven different Superman coins issued to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic superhero. The coins are struck in gold, silver, and cupronickel, with some coins including color, lenticular, and achromatic hologram technology. The images used for the coins include classic depictions by co-creator Joe Shushter and modern depictions by artist Jim Lee.
Pre-orders for the coins began last week and were initially indicated as only available to Canadian customers. The designs were unveiled today and the ordering is now indicated as open to Canadian and US customers. All seven coins can be found at this page.
The $75 face value 14 karat gold coin is indicated as the first gold coin to ever carry the image of Superman. The reverse features a painted image of the cover of Superman #1 as drawn by Superman co-creator Joe Shuster. The background includes a representation of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. The inscriptions include “75 Years of Superman” in Kryptonian language in both French and English.
The proof quality coins are struck in 58.33% gold and 41.67% silver with a weight of 12 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The mintage is 2,000 coins with an ordering limit of 2 per household.
There are three different $20 face value 1 oz 99.99% pure silver coins offered. The first features Superman’s well known “S-shield” in red and yellow enamel, which is actually applied to each coin by hand. Once again the primary inscriptions are shown in Kryptonian language, which is also seen across all remaining coins.
Each of the three different $20 silver coins are stuck in 99.99% purity with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. A mintage limit of 10,000 pieces and household ordering limit of 2 pieces applies to each.
The next coin features a recreation of a depiction of Superman from modern times. The image, which shows Superman standing guard over the city of Metropolis, originally appeared as the cover of Superman #204 from April 2004 drawn by artist Jim Lee. The coin utilizes “color over relief” whereby the colored image of Superman is also a relief.
The specifications, mintage, and household ordering limit are the same as the previous $20 silver coin.
The next release represents the world’s first achromatic hologram coin. A three-dimensional image is created using nanotechnology based imaging. The RCM indicates that the image is not an overlay or film fastened to the surface of the coin, but an engraved image, etched on an ultra-microscopic level.
The image used for the coin originally appeared in a comic from the early 2000′s and was drawn by artist Jim Lee. Superman is shown flying over Metropolis with the Daily Planet in view.
The specifications, mintage, and household ordering limit are the same as the two previous $20 silver coins.
Next up is a $15 face value 1/2 oz 99.99% pure silver coin featuring a modern rendition of Superman in full color. The coin is produced with the RCM’s proprietary laser etching technology which allows ultrafine detail of the image to be perfectly replicated on a light matte background.
Each coin has a weight of 15.87 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The maximum mintage is 15,000 pieces, with an ordering limit of 2 per household. The product page indicates that 80% of the mintage has already been sold.
A $10 face value 1/4 oz 99.99% pure silver coin features an image of Vintage Superman breaking chains. The image originally appeared in Action Comics #1 and was drawn by co-creator Joe Shuster. The proof quality coin is created utilizing five different finishes. This is the only coin of the range that does not incorporate color.
Each coin has a weight of 7.96 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The maximum mintage is 15,000 pieces with an ordering limit of 2 per household.
The seventh and final coin is the lowest priced option of the range and is offered as a Stamp and Coin Set. The coin features a 2-image lenticular design. When the coin is tilted, the image shifts between an image of Superman from his 1938 debut to a modern interpretation of the same scene.
The cupronickel 50-cent coins carry a specimen finish and have a weight of 12.51 grams and diameter of 35 mm. There is no mintage limit indicated but an ordering limit of 2 per household is imposed.