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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: