The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders for another group of new product releases. There are numerous Christmas and holiday themed coins which span a range of price points and varied elements and minting techniques. New limited mintage collectors versions of the Gold and Silver Maple Leaf coins are available. The latest releases are also available from the Animal Architects, Bald Eagle, O Canada, and Coat of Arms series.
All of the new products can be found within the new releases section of the Royal Canadian Mint’s website.
The Christmas and holiday themed offerings begin with a $20 silver coin featuring Santa. This release is part of the Royal Canadian Mint’s “$20 for $20” coin program which offers 99.99% pure silver coins for their face value of $20.
This coin has a weight of 7.96 grams and diameter of 27 mm. The maximum mintage is 225,000, and the coins are indicated as available in Canada and the US only, with an ordering limit of three coins per household.
A 1 oz Fine Silver Coin is offered featuring a Venetian Glass Candy Cane. The reverse design of the coin features a collection of holiday symbols including a cluster of poinsettia leaves, an ornament, a five pointed star, and a candy cane. The candy cane is a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted Venetian glass element created by a master glass maker in Murano, Italy. Previous coins featuring Venetian glass elements have sold out quickly.
This release carries a mintage of 10,000 pieces and has a one per household ordering limit.
A 1/2 oz Silver Coin features “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” from the Twelve Days of Christmas song. The reverse design features a stylized scene of a partridge perched within a pear tree before a frosty window revealing falling snow outside. A red enameled ribbon appears at the base of the tree.
This coin has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces.
A second 1/2 oz silver coin features three holiday candles. The reverse design features three lit red enameled holiday candles in holders set against a background of pine cones and decorative boughs of pine needle sprigs.
These coins have a mintage of 10,000 pieces with an ordering limit of 2 per household.
The holiday releases continue with a 1 oz Silver Coin featuring a Holiday Wreath containing five Swarovski elements, 3 colored blue and 2 colored gold. The coins carry a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces with no stated order limit.
A second holiday release incorporating a Swarovski crystal element depicts a winter snowflake. At the center of the design is a single black snowflake-shaped crystal element. The mintage limit is 10,000 pieces with no household ordering limit.
Concluding the holiday themed offerings is the lowest price offering. This cupronickel 50-cent coin with a specimen finish features two children building a snowman. The lenticular coin features two colored images. The first shows the two children building the snowman, while the second shows the completed snowman.
This coin carries a mintage of 20,00o pieces.
The 2014 Silver Maple Leaf Fractional Set includes five different sized coins with the designs selectively gold plated against a reverse proof finish. The reverse of each coin features two overlapping sugar maple leaves on a polished background. The images show the upper leaf and raised rim gold plated.
Offered as a complete set, the five coins include 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz sizes. The mintage limit for the set is 9,999 units, with an ordering limit of 3 sets per household.
The next product represents the first incuse fractional set offered by the Royal Canadian Mint. The set features four 99.99% pure gold coins depicting three overlapping sugar maple leaves. With the incuse minting technique, the maple leaves are sunken into the coin surface rather than raised. The leaves are polished with the background frosted for a reverse proof finish.
The four coins of the set include 1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz sizes. The mintage limit for the set is only 600 units.
The fifth coin within the O Canada 1 oz silver coin series features the Orca. An adult female orca and her young calf are depicted swimming near a rocky outcropping on the ocean floor. These coins carry a proof finish and mintage of 8,500 pieces.
The tenth release in the O Canada 1/2 oz silver coin series features an alternate design featuring the Orca. The reverse features a side view of a powerful breaching Orca, which is entirely outside of the water with the exception of its tail. This coin carries a matte proof finish with a mintage of 40,000 pieces.
The fifth coin in the O Canada 1/10 oz gold coin series features a third view of the Orca. A three-quarter profile is shown of the Orca emerging from the water. This coin carries a mintage of 4,000 pieces.
The second release within the Animal Architects series features the Spider and Web. The 1/4 oz fine proof quality silver coin features a painted specimen of an orb-weaving spider sub-species atop an embossed web rendered in fine detail. The mintage is 10,000 pieces with no household ordering limit.
The twelfth issue of the biannual series features the Territorial Coat of Arms of the Northwest Territories. This coin is struck in 14 karat gold, consisting of 58.33% gold and 41.67% silver. The weight is 60 grams with a diameter of 50 mm. the maximum mintage is 500 pieces.
A commemorative 1 oz fine silver coin with selective coloring is offered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Canadian peacekeeping in Cyprus. The reverse design features a soldier standing at the base of a tower with the signature blue beret in colored enamel. The mintage of this coin is indicated as 8,500 pieces.
A massive 5 kilogram silver coin is offered featuring Emily Carr’s Tsatsisnukomi, B.C., 1912. This is only the Royal Canadian Mint’s second 5 kg 99.99% fine silver coin. There is a mintage limit of only 100 pieces.
Additional new releases for the month which are no longer available for order on the website include the following: