Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases November 2013

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders from the general public for their latest batch of new product releases. Highlights include the first release in a new series featuring the Great Lakes; the latest releases in the Canadian Dinosaurs, Canadian Banknotes, and O Canada series; and numismatic versions of an exclusively distributed bullion coin.

All of the new products can be found within the new releases section of the Royal Canadian Mint’s website.

Lake Superior Silver Coin

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A new five coin subscription series begins to celebrate the Great Lakes. The first coin in the series features Lake Superior, with the coin depicting raised land against a translucent blue enamel filled lake. The interpretation of the depths below the lake surface is based on data from the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.99% fine silver to proof quality. The mintage is 10,000 pieces.

The remaining coins of the series will feature Lake Ontario in March 2014, Lake Erie in June 2014, Lake Huron in October 2014, and Lake Michigan in February 2015.

Life in the North

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A 1/4 oz silver coin is issued to commemorate the centennial of the First Canadian Arctic Expedition. The design by Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak features two beluga whales swimming beside a bowhead whale adorned with elements drawn from Inuit culture. A whaling boat and three kayaks are seen wrapping around the edge of the coin to create a combination of animal and human imagery. Five different coin finishes are used to provide added depth and luster.

The maximum mintage for the coin is 10,000 pieces.

Tradition of Hunting Bison Silver Coin

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The next coin represents the second in a series showcasing the Tradition of Hunting. This release designed by Coast Salish First Nation’s artist Darlene Gait features a scene of a father and two sons surveying a bison herd prior to their first hunt. The coin carries a proof finish enhanced by selected finishes that highlight the depth, the light, and the soft effect of looking at an actual painting.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 23 grams and diameter of 36 mm. The mintage is 10,000 pieces. The previous release depicting the tradition of hunting deer still remains available.

scutellosaurus silver coin

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The second release within the Canadian Dinosaurs series features the Scutellosaurus (little shield lizard). The reverse design shows what this one meter long dinosaur might have looked like.

Each coin is struck in 1 ounce of 99.99% fine silver to proof quality. The mintage is 8,500 pieces. The previous release featuring Bathygnathus Borealis still remains available with 90% of the mintage sold.

Canadian Bank Note Series: Saint George Slaying Dragon

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The second release in the Canadian Banknote series features part of a vignette that appeared on the $5 bank note issued in 1859 by the Bank of Western Canada depicting Saint George slaying the dragon. As a popular and well known theme, this coin may see some heightened collector interest.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% fine silver to proof quality with a weight of 23 grams and diameter of 36 mm. The mintage limit is 8,500 pieces. The previous release of the series featuring a youthful figure with caduceus still remains available for sale with 78% of the mintage sold.

Polar Bear $8 Silver Coin

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In late 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint had released an $8 face value 1.5 ounce silver bullion coin featuring a polar bear. These bullion coins were exclusively distributed by Lear Capital and sold at a higher premium than typical for bullion coins.

The RCM is now offering a numismatic version of the bullion coin, struck with a proof finish. The individual 1.5 ounce proof coins have a mintage of 17,500 and are indicated as available in Canada only.

There is also a two coin set including the 1.5 ounce proof  silver coin and a 1/4 oz proof gold coin with a limit of 7,500 sets in Canada only.


The final two coins of the O Canada series are available. The eleventh coin features a hand holding three colored maple leaves. The twelfth and final coin of the series features a holiday themed cityscape scene of a horse drawn sleigh.

Each of the coins is struck in 1/2 ounce of 99.99% silver with a matte proof finish. The mintage of each is 40,000 pieces.

Separately, a new 12-coin set of the O Canada coins is available. The set includes coins which are partially gold plated and carries a limit of 1,500 sets worldwide.

Additional new releases for the month include:

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  1. VABEACHBUM says

    Some interesting new releases. I think the Great Lakes Coins might garner additional interest if they were to offer a presentation case that organizes the coins towards the lakes’ respective locations. In their current, single-coin offering, I’ll have to defer.

    I really like the potential of the Arctic Expedition and new Banknote Coins. The Inuit Art and Totems always catch my eye, but a 1/4 oz Ag coin offers an extremely small field, and especially for some of the detail work at the coin’s rim.

    I’ll definitely try to add a Proof Polar Bear or two to the BU versions I already have. Hopefully, I can count on Gatewest or Talisman to meet this foreigner’s need. So far, the PR single is very reasonably priced, while the 2-coin set seems to be teetering on the ragged edge of mostly overpriced.

  2. fmtransmitter says

    Love the banknote coin for design and historical subject matter. 23 grams and previous versions still for sale will make me pass.

  3. fmtransmitter says

    Will be looking out for a 5 coin set of the great lakes down the road since I grew up around them but as mentioned above, a set of the five in a special case would be much more desirable.

  4. fmtransmitter says

    If time and money permit, I am going to try to attend the ATB release of the pictured rocks quarter. That area is stunning, in fact I have a huge natural copper specimen on my shelf from that area. It is known as copper country and produced a large portion of the World’s copper for years. You can find huge nuggets laying around on the ground to this day with a good detector. Some half breeds with silver mixed in.

  5. picturefun says

    To get a presentation case for ALL 5 coins of Great lake, all you need to do is to subscribe the series. This is usually the way to get a case from most of Mints. The case will come with the 2nd coin, Ontario lake, after that, if you want, you can cancel your subscription. On thing though, you will need to call. And the customer service from CA Mint is terrible. often times one will have to wait an hour to get a real person on the phone. Email seems never works..

    Or another way to get the case, is later to buy from dealers. A lot of dealers sell the case later for $25-30 plus shipping

  6. fmtransmitter says

    Thanks picturefun. I am planning to wait and look for graded examples on secondary market, I need to earn some more fiat!

  7. fmtransmitter says

    Duh, I just clicked on the product page for the Great Lakes series and it shows a nice wooden box with 5 slots. What is interesting if you look at the top foam in the box, it is squared as to be able to turn it upside down or “flip” it for slabbed versions. Hmm…neat idea!

  8. fmtransmitter says

    Wow, the box is actually quite beautiful. Dove tail AND a map of the lakes included. Getting more excited about this release.

  9. rolling-thunder says

    Colored Polar Bear & colored Caribou two additional RCM coins in November release with 8,500 mintage and 2014 date were both “Awaiting Stock” prior to public release – but are available elsewhere for issue price.

  10. fmtransmitter says

    No word from Talisman about the Great Lakes set. I emailed them about it. Are they pretty good about responding to email inquiries?

  11. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Re: the Great Lakes series. Will each coin in the series be ~$110 US (today’s rate) for a 1oz silver coin. Or does that initial large cost for 1oz of Silver include the cost of the box? Just trying to get my head around the total cost for that series if you purchased all (5) coins.

  12. VARich says

    FM – my 25th yr/ans just showed, yeah think you’re right, this one is a winner!

    What I find captivating is that though they’re layered, the leaf stems continue throughout the overlay, how they do that is beyond me, impressive none-the-less. I’m ordering another slabbed.

  13. VABEACHBUM says

    @ JACL – My interpretation of the listing is that every coin will cost ~ $110, and the nice box is provided with the 2nd coin, BUT only if you use the subscription options provided by the RCM. I still wish that display case were configured to place the coins more similarly to their geographical locations, using the map as a background with the coins placed into openings on the map.

    @ VARich – I did not think you would be disappointed with that coin. The combined use of the layering and the multiple finishes gives it some great eye appeal. It’s a keeper for me, too.

  14. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    OK thanks VABB. I recently bought a wood custom coin case from Wizard that is housing my Libertads (from 1/20oz to the 2oz coin). That’s (6) coins and the ability to place coins wherever you like worked really well. It was a close fit, but actually did worked OK.

    I may consider doing something like that with the (5) Great Lakes coins (assuming that I don’t source them from RCM).

  15. Schalk says

    @ fmtransmitter

    “What is interesting if you look at the top foam in the box, it is squared as to be able to turn it upside down or “flip” it for slabbed versions. Hmm…neat idea!”

    My experience with RCM boxes tells me that the lid’s grooves are for the COAs for each coin. I doubt very much that it is meant for slabbed coins.

  16. fmtransmitter says

    @VARich, glad you liked that coin, no doubt one of my favorites. Feels like a huge hefty fifty cent piece doesn’t it?

    @Schalk, yes I agree, I also really like VBB idea about the map and placement…

  17. fmtransmitter says

    As a scuba diver, a long time ago I bought very limited edition dive maps with all the wrecks of all five Great Lakes. They are still in the tube waiting to be framed, EXPENSIVE..Now with this series I may have to start thinking about ideas to add the coins into the framing process…Nice!

  18. Louis says

    Hi Jus-a-coin-lover-
    With those cases were you able to make it work with coins in capsules?

  19. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Louis, yes all (6) of the Libertads are in their capsules. The case inside material is designed to allow you to press the coins into some sort of foam like material. With (6) coins sitting in their capsules, the case lid did not want to stay completely closed at first. Had a small fraction of an inch opening and I figured it was the foam material resisting all those coins a bit. So, I put a couple of clamps on it for a day and it would stay closed after I removed the clamps.

    Problem may have been that I was at the max of how many coins you could put into that case, but I like the looks of it and it is working. Sort of like my own wood collector case for my Libertads. I would not hesitate to order the case again for other coins that I wanted to display that way.

  20. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    I was noticing something. With the “free shipping” offer at the RCM (for orders > $120), plus the current CAD/US exchange rate, it appears the least cost route for Canadian coins would be direct from the RCM. Or are there other hidden costs that I’m not aware of when purchasing at the RCM from the US?

  21. fmtransmitter says

    @Jus-a-coin-luvr: It may be at the time but later on down the road it appears these new offerings drop in price OR go up…That is where the hard work comes in. Figuring it all out and knowing when to hold em or fold em…

  22. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Fm, if only we “all” had that coin-crystal-ball in hand! 🙂

    My point was that if you are getting ready to buy “now”, the RCM with that free shipping offer + exchange rates makes their prices (on the products I’ve been considering) about $10 less overall vs ordering from US dealers who are charging shipping.

  23. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    I called the RCM today to ask about shipping costs to the US. They said typically it is $12.99 and takes (4) weeks to arrive.

    Also, if you order that Great Lakes set subscription, the current “free shipping” from the RCM does not apply to subscriptions (even if your total order is over the $120 threshold. That means that you will pay $12.99 for each of the (5) coins in that set if ordering from the US. Couple the $64.95 total shipping cost (for all 5 coins) with the (5) coins in the set at ~$110 (US exchange), and that is ~$615.00 for the complete set. Too much money for me to consider spending on that particular set, although I do like it.

    Just thought I’d share this in case others from the US are considering orders direct from the RCM. For me, I’ll revert back to ordering from a US Reseller for Canadian coins. The shipping plus the long delivery times are not very interesting to me direct from the RCM.

  24. VABEACHBUM says

    @ JACL – Thanks for that piece of information on the RCM shipping considerations. Sadly, it’s no different than the US Mint’s recent “Free Shipping” opportunity that did not apply to either existing subscriptions or previously placed orders that finally shipped during the period of time the offer was under way.

    Separate but related – Got word this AM that my RCM $100 for $100 Grizzleys are shipping today. Second coin in the series, and a long time coming; ordered 09/23. The first (Bison) coin demonstrated some great use of enhanced finishes, so I cannot wait to have these new issues in hand.

  25. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    VABB, yes there is also the situation with US Resellers where they may not choose to carry certain RCM issues (like this Great Lakes series). I spoke with Provident yesterday to see if they plan to carry the Great Lakes series. Their answer was “don’t really know at this time”.

    I did place an order (with Provident) for a few other Canadian coins that I wanted that they are carrying. This was my first venture into Canadian coins and I ordered all these with free shipping:

    – 2014 Canadian Silver Fractional Set – Maple Leaf (w/gold plating)
    – 2013 1 oz Canadian Silver Maple Leaf
    – 2013 1 oz 25th Anniversary Canadian Silver Maple
    – 2014 Horse Privy 1 oz Canadian Silver Maple Leaf


  26. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Also VABB, that is pretty sweet (the $100 for $100 thing). If I understand that correctly, if you ordered (2) of them right now, coupled with the “free shipping for orders >$120), you could get $100 for less than $100!

    What is the size of that $100 coin? Couldn’t find anything on the RCM website about the coin’s specs.

  27. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Forgot to say the $100 for less than $100 would also be due to current CAD/US exchange rate.

  28. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Found the specs on the $100 Grizzly coin and have one basic question. If the coin’s weight of the $100 Grizzly is basically 1oz and a Canadian Silver Maple coin is also 1oz (but the face value is $5), how does the RCM reconcile that difference in face value? Is it FIAT value…?

  29. VABEACHBUM says

    @JACL – Oh, you have missed some entertaining discussions on these boards regarding metal content vs. monetized value & intrinsic value!! Between this 1oz coin that is monetized to C$100 and their 1/4 oz coin that is monetized in their $20/$20 program, there have been some very lively jousts.

    Monetizing does nothing more than make the products “Legal Tender” of the respective mints. As an example that makes even less sense, consider the 5 oz ATBs from the US Mint that are monetized to 25 cents!!

    Almost every coin / series out there will have its supporters and detractors. I find myself being drawn to designs that offer great eye appeal and captivate my imagination. If they cross that threshold, I will continue to purchase, within those coins, the examples that I like AND can afford to add to my collection. Personally, I like the potential of the RCM $100/$100 coins, in terms of both the future designs that might be offered within this series and the long-term ROI that might be attributed to a complete collection of the series. Win, lose or draw – I like these coins.

  30. Jus-a-coin-luvr says

    Hah…I began collecting coins from a few other countries just in the last month or two. Sorry I missed those “lively jousts” though!

    Yes, I thought about the 5oz ATB (at 25-cents) when I posed the question. I’ve never liked that face-value, but understand how The Mint could think it was right for them. But, at least with the ATB, I’m holding 5oz of silver in hand even though the face is just $0.25. It is still a similar issue though where face value means nothing (just in an opposite direction than the $100 RCM coin).

    I feel ya on buying what you like regardless of actual melt value. When I bought the (5) coin Canadian Maple Leaf set (yesterday) for $249, it would escape logic to defend ~ 2oz of silver for that price. But as you well know (understand) this is also “coin collecting”. So, that factor of a coin (or set) speaking to your inner-collector side can often over-ride logic. 🙂

  31. VABEACHBUM says

    Well said, JACL, and congrats on your new Fractional Maple Leaf Set. Both the 2013 Reverse Proof and the 2104 Gold Plated Sets are very well done. I consider each a long-term keeper for my collection.

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