Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases January 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders from the general public for a wide array of new numismatic products. This includes premium versions of the 2014 Gold and Silver Maple Leaf coins, a 1/25 oz gold coin featuring the 5-cent circulating coin design, a commemorative to mark the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War, the first releases for the 2014 O Canada series, and more.

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

2014 Silver Maple Coin

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A premium version of the 1 oz. 2014 Silver Maple Leaf is available. The coin features the same basic design carried on the bullion version, with a large maple leaf on the reverse and the Susana Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The product description differentiates this version as premium struck for added relief and greater detail with a reverse proof finish. Additionally, the coin will be readily distinguishable from this year’s bullion coin since it will not carry the radial lines and micro-engraved laser mark security features.

The premium version coin is issued to celebrate the beauty and success of the Silver Maple Leaf since introduced in 1988. A maximum mintage of 20,000 pieces has been indicated. The coins are priced at $79.95 CAD.

2014 Gold Maple

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A premium version of the 1 oz. 2014 Gold Maple Leaf coin is also offered. Featuring the basic design of the bullion version, this coin is similarly described as premium struck for added relief and greater detail with a reverse proof finish featuring brilliant raised elements against a frosted background.

The premium version celebrates the success of the Gold Maple Leaf since introduced in 1979. With a maximum mintage of 2,000 pieces, the coins are priced at $2,699.95 CAD.

2014 Beaver 50 Cent Gold Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint’s latest 1/25 oz gold coin features a beaver design inspired by the 5-cent circulation coin designed by G. E. Kruger Gray in 1937. The well known design has been adapted for the smaller size of the coin.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure gold with a proof finish. The weight is 1.37 grams and the diameter is 13.92 mm. With a maximum mintage of 7,500 pieces, the coins are priced at $129.95 CAD.


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A silver dollar is issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War. The reverse design of the coin by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross depicts a couple’s emotional farewell at a train station where the the first wave of volunteers is boarding a train bound for the Valcartier camp. It serves a a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who answered the call of duty and their loved ones who remained on the home front.

The coins are struck in 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 23.17 grams and diameter of 36.07 mm. The proof version carries a mintage of 40,000 and is priced at $59.95 CAD. The uncirculated version has a mintage of 20,000 and is priced at $54.95 CAD. A version of the coin with selective gold plating is also available within the 2014 Fine Silver Proof Set.


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The first 1 oz silver coin in the new 2014 O Canada series features an image of an Inuit family perfecting the exterior of their igloo home. The coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality. A mintage of 8,500 is indicated and the coin is priced at $89.95 CAD.

A 1/2 oz silver coin featuring another scene of an Inuit man constructing an igloo is also available. This coin has a mintage of 40,000 and is priced at $39.95 CAD.


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The first 1/10 oz $5 gold coin within the O Canada series features a full body portrait of a grizzly bear standing atop a rocky outcropping with the jagged peaks of its western highland habitat visible in the background.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure gold to proof quality with a weight of 3.14 grams and diameter of 16 mm. With a mintage of 4,000 pieces, the coins are priced at $279.95 CAD.


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The 100 Blessings of Good Fortune Coin features an intricate design containing 13 bamboo inspired vertical lines engraved with 100 variation of the word “fu” which means “good fortune.” A red colored square in the upper right features the Chinese character “fu.”

The coins are silver plated copper with a proof finish. The weight is 32.82 grams with a diameter of 42 mm. With a mintage of 14,888 pieces, the coins are priced at $34.95 CAD.

Saskatchewan 14 karat gold coin

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The final coin within the 13-coin series featuring the Coats of Arms of Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories features the Coat of Arms of Saskatchewan.

The coin is struck in 14-karat gold to proof quality with a weight of 60 grams and diameter of 50 mm. With a mintage of just 500 pieces ,the coins are priced at $2,649.95 CAD.

Samuel de Champlain Gold coin

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The third coin within the Great Explorers series features a depiction of Samuel de Champlain and a First Nations guide disembarking from birch bark canoes on a shoreline in Ontario. Previous releases within the series have featured Jacques Cartier and Vikings.

The Samuel de Champlain coin is struck in 99.99% pure gold with a proof finish. The coins have a wight of 15.43 grams and diameter of 29 mm. With a mintage of 2,000 pieces, the coins are priced at $1,199.95 CAD.


The Royal Canadian Mint has released four different gift themed sets, which includes the Baby Gift Set, Wedding Gift Set, Birthday Gift Set, and O Canada Gift Set.

An interesting draw for each of the sets is that they contain a special struck $1 coin available only within the particular set. The special coin included in the 2014 Baby Gift Set is shown above.

All sets also include uncirculated version of the 5c, 10c, 25c, and $2 coins. The five coins are housed in a graphic envelope with an area available to personalize the set for the recipient. Each set is priced at $19.95 CAD each.

Additional new releases for this month include:

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  1. fmtransmitter says

    Boy the RCM really is pumping out the coins. It is hard to keep up with it all. Does anyone know their process they need to have a coin minted that is legal tender?

  2. Louis says

    For those who want to get any of these or other RCM coins, Gatewest has an awesome new bonus points system that is applied immediately as you earn them. It allowed me to get free shipping on my order and the lowest prices anywhere.
    Just because the RCM issues a lot, does not mean you have to buy everything. You could make the same argument about the U.S. Mint.

  3. VABEACHBUM says

    I’m sad to say that I’m indifferent to most of these new offerings. I just don’t see anything that says, “WOW!!” Like many others who have commented over the past 2-3 months, I intend to be much more selective with my purchases this year.

    And, even though those “premium,” reverse proof gold and silver maples are limited mintage – especially as compared to any RP coins from the US Mint, I still feel like they are margined kind of high. The fact that the RCM Masters Club has not snared a large percentage of either variety during advanced sales speaks volumes about any potential they might have.

    @ Louis – if you’re still active in the Master’s Club, what’s the feedback on the inside??

  4. fmtransmitter says

    Talisman just emailed. If you want to pick up one of the radial security ML’s, they have it for $72. Mintage 20,000 COA indivial numbered.

  5. fmtransmitter says

    I like the new security revere proof ML but I don’t like the price. This one might have to go into the collection though. Lower mintage, tribute to a classic-first ever security feature-reverse proof. Has the makings of at least more than spot. Will look for graded though. May get for same price and who knows what the “special label” may say about the radial lines etc..blah blah label babble…

  6. Louis says

    @VAB- I would largely agree. I was only interested in the silver maple leaf as I collect the numismatic versions of that coin and the proof WWI dollar. Let’s see what comes out in the coming months, but in general I agree with those who plan to mostly Buy American this year except for something like the wedge-tailed eagle. I heard from someone who got his and he said he was so excited his hands trembled when he opened it up! Also remember that if we were Canadian we would be more interested in these.

  7. CAGCRISP says

    @Louis-you said your friend “was so excited his hands trembled when he opened it up”. You didn’t say what he thought about the coin after he opened it up?

  8. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Louis – As always, I value your input. Thanks for offering your thoughts.

    @ FM – A little clarification for you. The RCM’s 2014 Bullion SML has the radial lines and laser etch. Their mintage is unlimited and, historically, in the 10’s of millions. Those coins are available from multiple sources for $2-4 over spot.

    The 2014 SML version referenced in this article is the premium, reverse proof version of the standard bullion coin and WILL NOT have radial lines or etching.

    If Talisman is offering you a radial line SML for $72, something is very wrong.

  9. Ikaika says

    @ Louis

    Just read your article on Coin Week from Jan 7 on the Wedged Tailed Eagle. Missed that one too 🙁

    I still have lots a questions regarding this offering but I agree with most that the coin looks impressive. I saw the comment on the trembling hands. That reminded me of when I opened the 2009 UHRDE from the US mint. In a couple of weeks many should start receiving their coins. We will have lots of input then.

  10. Louis says

    Thanks, VAB, and I always value yours. Forgot to say I received the $20 goose coin, which is gorgeous, with superb detail on the spread wings, and because of free shipping from Masters Club and the higher value of our dollar, it cost me less than $18 but retails for $25 or more elsewhere.
    Also, I like the new 1.5 oz arctic fox, but will have to wait til someone like APMEX gets them. Very few companies sell them and they are sold out. Gatewest has them but for some reason will only deliver to Canada. Don’t buy on e-Bay for twice spot, just wait a little longer and they will be around $45 at U.S. bullion dealers like last year’s polar bears.

  11. Louis says

    Thanks, Ikaika. I am looking forward to getting mine soon. It shipped last week from down under. By the way, there are not two silver versions as alleged by some folks here. There is just one proof high relief silver and a gold counterpart. Who are you going to believe: the Mint that commissioned the coin and minted it, or some salesperson from a company?

  12. Ikaika says

    @ Louis

    Glad to know that there is only one silver proof. I am still very suspicious of how the Gov mint is handling this sales. Numbers, time and statements do not make sense. Will get the coin from Germany or Australia.

  13. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Louis – Thanks. The 20/20 Goose is on my short list. I currently have at least one of each in the series, and want to keep it in tact. WRT the Arctic Fox, Provident was one of the first sellers listing the coin @ $46 and change. Some of the best pricing I had found at the time. I’m sure they will have additional stock very soon. I also see that becoming a very good series in BU and PR examples.

  14. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Ikaika – I am always extremely hesitant to deal with them. I questioned the inconsistencies in their initial HR Eagle listing with an email to their customer service department. Their reply indicated that I needed to call one of their “numismatic professionals” to discuss my concerns. Meanwhile, I have two coins coming from preferred suppliers. Good luck to you with your acquisitions!!

  15. Ikaika says


    I think the proof Wedged Tailed Eagle (5000 only) from Gov mint are coming from China, LOL 😉

  16. Louis says

    @VAB and others with concerns about GM- I have only dealt with them two or three times, and they clearly made a series of errors in the description for the wedge-tailed coin, but I can say I was very pleased with my last purchase about six months ago of an amazing French medal of Notre Dame cathedral in ultra high relief, only 850 made, and cheaper than either e-bay or the French Mint. It is one of my favorite pieces to display and enjoy and it is silvered bronze and huge, like at least 100 mm with remarkable engraving and quite heavy. Just awesome as you would expect from the oldest mint in the world!

  17. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Louis – I have come across a couple of listings for that Notre Dame Medal. It is an absolutely amazing rendering. You have every reason to be proud. Congrats on making that piece a part of your collection.

    Like you, I’ve made a total of 4 purchases from GM. I have yet to be disappointed with the coins that they have provided. But I have to be concerned when a merchant continues to make errors in product listings – in an industry where we thrive on quality and attention to detail. I also find it extremely odd that they make some products, e.g., the 2013 5 oz HR Koalas, the initial 2013 graded Smithsonian Pandas, and the initial 2014 graded HR Eagles, only available for sale through a phone call to their sales center. I also have heard that any returns must be vetted, by phone, back through their customer service department. Just not a fan of telemarketing or “push those sales” mentalities.

  18. Louis says

    Thanks, VAB. I know what you mean. Those Smithsonian Pandas seemed like they might be interesting until I saw the price, esp. for a medal. I only buy medals very selectively, speaking of which I recommend the freedom girl medal that you can get in BU and proof from Provident (they are out of the BU’s now) or e-Bay. The proof medal has a 25K mintage and the design that appears on both was designed by Heidi Wastreet, who is on the CCAC. I decided to spend the extra money for the proof as $35 plus $5 shipping for a 1 oz proof medal with a stunning design (the obverse) is not a bad deal. Now if Heidi would just get her colleagues on the commission to recommend designs like the one on her medal we would be really happy campers!

  19. fmtransmitter says

    @”By the way, there are not two silver versions as alleged by some folks here. There is just one proof high relief silver and a gold counterpart.”

    This was confirmed? By who?

  20. CAGCRISP says

    @ fmtransmitter, As far as I can tell you are then only person that has ever posted that there is more than one silver Australian Wedged Tailed Eagle. Go to any website and any article written about the coin and it they all say the same thing. There is one silver coin and one gold coin. One ounce proof high relief coin. Instead of asking who can confirm it, the question for you should be “Prove that there is more than one silver coin”

  21. CAGCRISP says

    This is from the Perth Mint’s website:

    Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2014 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

    Buy the Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2014 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin at The Perth Mint, featuring:

    Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
    High Relief Design
    Australian Legal Tender
    Limited Mintage – 10,000
    Presentation Packaging
    Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

    Customers in the USA can purchase these coins from the New York Mint 800-642-9160.

  22. DDD says

    I called GovMint’s customer service 14Jan to cancel my order for the High Relief 2014 Wedge Tailed Eagle. I explained to the clerk that I had ordered the High Relief coin then, after ordering, the order was changed by GovMint to reflect a proof coin, not a High Relief. The clerk said to let her check – she thought GovMint had some High Relief’s on order. After checking, she said no, they were regular proofs and were due in on 17Jan. Maybe we’ll know more within a week or so after the proof version is shipped to customers.

  23. Samuel says

    several days ago, people post a link, showing all these several brands, NYM, GM are all under an umbrella of a marketing company, so i assume their customer service also sell cloth/jewel etc, they are just not the “coin” people.

  24. fmtransmitter says

    $199 for new Panda Proof govmint exclusive PF70 NGC…Mintage, 500,000…I think I will pass…Nice coin though, beautiful actually, but not worth $199 plus shipping with that mintage…

  25. Ikaika says

    What Louis mentioned is the most logical explanation people:

    “Who are you going to believe: the Mint that commissioned the coin and minted it, or some salesperson from a company?”

    Don’t you believe that one would sell more if there was speculation of a second version for a hot coin? The Perth mint has not mentioned absolutely nothing about a regular proof neither has Mercanti on his interview.

    How many of you have received your coin from GM???? They are currently waiting for the shipment from the Perth mint as most of the dealers worldwide.

  26. Samuel says

    fm, HR eagle. just received several. i would say it is so so. the picture looks better than the real coin. i would say, to me, it is similar to the HR dragon. the guy whose hands shook probably does not have the HR dragon.

  27. Wes says

    I won’t be getting a Wedge tail eagle coin. Have to watch my budget and it isn’t a bald eagle. Non US Eagle coins no matter who designed it doesn’t interest me. It is nicer than some of the other foreign coins with eagles on them.

  28. Samuel says

    fm, no. i am long-term value investor. i have several kids, so i buy 1 coin for each of them.

  29. fmtransmitter says

    Got it…Thank you for answering, I know you did not have to. After chatting for so many months in here you feel like you get to “sort of” know the other bloggers. So after reading an article about testing our collection I have sold some bullion. It hurt to sell it at such low prices but I did not have it too long or buy it when it very high and needed to free up some cash for numismatic offerings I am interested in. On that note, bullion is bullion, it is going to sell $2-$3 over spot depending on what you have and amount. Can always replace bullion. I am glad you received your Wedge’s…Hope they make a good investment for you one day.

  30. VARich says

    I was asleep at the wheel on the High Relief Wedge Tail…

    Anyone know of any other availability out there? Downies has it for $129 though that’s wee bit rich for my blood at the moment – thanks in advance!

  31. VABEACHBUM says

    @ VARich – The status of this coin at the different retailers is changing from day to day; sometimes hour to hour. I picked up one from an alternate Aussie source at the Perth release cost. They sold out later that day. If and when GovMint figures out what, exactly, they are selling to the public, you might consider them.

    The bad part about Downies is that they do not use exchange rates while making their sales; they change the AU price directly to an identical US price and charge accordingly. There was a time when that worked in our favor but, now, we in the US lose $11 on the $100 and pay $30+ for Int’l Shipping. Just something to consider. Gook Luck!!

  32. VARich says

    Thanks VABB! I also owe a thanks to DDD who mentioned the proof coin confusion – I jump on two early this morning though have since cancelled those two…, I know I was late to the game on this one, though the whole roll out seems unorthodox.

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