Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases March 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders from the general public for an array of new products. This includes the final release from the Untamed Canada series and the latest releases from Tradition of Hunting, Great Lakes, and 1/25 oz Gold Coin series. Three of this month’s new releases have already sold out online.

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

2014 Canada Wolverine 20 Dollar Silver Coin

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The third and final issue in the Untamed Canada series features the Wolverine. The design features a depiction of the powerful creature in a wood block style which utilizes five different coin finishes each with a separate degree of luster. The inscription includes the Latin name “Gulo Gulo”.

Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.99% pure silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 8,500 pieces.

A 1/4 oz 99.99% gold proof coin featuring the same design is also available with a mintage of 1,500 pieces.

2014 Osprey Gold Coin

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The second issue in a new series of 1/25 oz gold proof coins features the Osprey in a detailed profile portrait. This coin has a face value of 50 cents with specifications of 1.27 grams weight and 13.92 mm diameter. The maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces.

2014 Chipmunk Gold Coin

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An even tinier half gram gold coin features a Chipmunk. The design features the full image of a chipmunk holding an acorn with surrounding inscriptions “2014”, “Canada”, and the denomination of “25 cents”.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure gold to proof quality with a weight of 0.5 grams and diameter of 11 mm. There is a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces with an ordering limit of three coins per household imposed.

2014 Tradition of Hunting the Seal Silver Coin

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The third coin in the Tradition of Hunting series features a design which captures the legend of Sedna, the goddess of the sea. If a hunter takes more than his fair share, Sedna will not permit animals to offer themselves. The design shows two traditional Inuit hunters standing over a breathing hole in the ice, while a seal emerges from another hole behind them. This is intended to show that Sedna is pleased and will provide the hunters with the animal.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% silver to proof quality with a weight of 23.17 grams and diameter of 36.07 mm. There is a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.

Lake Ontario Silver Coin

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The second issue in the Great Lakes series features Lake Ontario. The coin includes the raised features of the land as well as the bathymetric depths below the lakes surface based on data from the Canadian Hydrographic Service. The water of the lake is represented by colored enamel.

Each coin is struck in 1/2 oz of 99.99% pure silver to proof quality. There is a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces and ordering limit of three coins per household.

2014 Skiing Canada's Slopes Silver Coin

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The second issue in this year’s O Canada 1 oz Silver Coin series is entitled Skiing Canada’s Slopes. The design features a downhill skier during a run down the mountain. These coins have a mintage of 8,500 pieces.

2014 Canada 50 Cents Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint no longer produces the 50 cent coin for circulation, however they do offer specially wrapped rolls of the coins for collectors. The 50-cent coin features Canada’s Coat of Arms and is struck in three-ply nickel plated steel with a circulation finish.

Each roll contains 25 coins or $12.50 in face value. There is a limit of 20,000 coins rolls with an ordering limit of three rolls per household.

2014 Pintail Duck 25 Cent Coin

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The latest release in the series of birds coins features a colored depiction of two Pintail Ducks floating in their Canadian wetland habitat. The cupronickel 25-cent coins have a wide diameter of 35 mm to showcase the image. There is a maximum mintage of 17,5000 pieces.

Additionally, there are three new releases which are no longer shown as available for sale online. These include:

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  1. VABEACHBUM says

    Really strange, Zeeman. Sometimes it means a sell-out. Then sometimes, like Perth, they’ll make it available, again, several days later. The 2 oz “Barnard Contemporary Art Coin” took that path.

    I’m more curious to know the quantities, as a percentage, that are set aside to the Master’s Club, then to the authorized distributors like Gatewest and Talisman (who both show all the latest RCM releases as available). For example, as a recently established Master’s Club Member, by the time I received my product notice and logged into my RCM account, both the “Slopes” and the “Bison / Mate” coins showed no longer in stock for advanced sales.

    I’m hoping that either Michael or Louis might have some insight into the distribution schemes.

  2. Louis says

    Hi VAB- I agree with what you said and can’t really add very much. The Mint never reveals what amount or % of coins are sold to specific companies, but clearly between the MC, major distributors, and speculators, those stocks seem to disappear quickly but then show up later, as you said.
    In my experience your best bet is usually to buy from Gatewest or Talisman when their price is lower than the issue price even with shipping. One advantage of buying from the Mint though is they won’t charge until they ship, which can help when budgets are strained.
    Did you get the proof or bullion Peregrine falcon? I like those coins.

  3. Louis says

    Also, the bison is the only item that interested me from this group, which I just ordered from GW for $90 delivered. I will also get the bobcat from the Mint since GW does not have it.

  4. VABEACHBUM says

    @ Louis – Thanks for your thoughts. While I would prefer the provenance of the RCM, it is comforting to know that reliable, and sometimes cost-effective alternative sources also are available.

    I also ordered my Bison #2 coin from Gatewest this morning, while I had ordered my PR Falcon, Opal Tazzie, and World’s Money Fair SML from Talisman last week. Last Saturday, I took delivery of some bullion Falcons from Provident, as well as a couple 1.5 oz Arctic Fox bullion from Colonial Acres. RCM should be offering a PR version of the Fox coin later this year.

    Have you seen any presentations of the RCM 2014 Platinum Bison?? Not within my budget but, still, very nicely done. I’m hoping RCM follows suit and incorporates this design into either Bison #3 or #4, similar to how they used the 2013 Pt Eagle as Eagle #2. Also would have been a great design for a larger diameter, 100/100 Silver coin. Although, that 100/100 Battling Big Horn Sheep coming later this year should be impressive with the multiple finishes technique. Meanwhile, the only glimmer on the US Mint horizon is the HoF release at the end of this month.

  5. Mr Louis Golino says

    Thanks, VAB. I should check out Colonial Acres.

    Don’t forget the first ATB is also supposed to be released about the same time as the baseball coins.

  6. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks, Louis. Had not heard the ATB release update. I’ll definitely watch the Mint schedule for details.

    WRT to Colonial Acres, I’ve used them a couple of times as an alternate to the alternate sources. They came in handy when Gatewest wouldn’t ship the RCM Polar Bear and Arctic Fox bullion coins to the US. Pricing is in line with most and good customer service.

  7. Zeeman says

    AkBob,fmtransmitter & Louis@
    If you need the new Mongolian coins or the new CIT coins, Ask Michael for my e-mail, i donot want to post my e-mail address here.

  8. fmtransmitter says

    I don’t Zeeman…I was curious if anyone is collecting the great lakes coins. Just wondered how they look in hand? I haven’t bought any but thinking about it…

  9. VABEACHBUM says

    @ FMTx – That is a great score on a nice addition to any collection. Congrats. Marathon in OGP was one of my very first High Relief acquisitions.

    @ Samuel – What’s even more interesting is that FM was the ONLY Bidder on the coin, although he did hedge his bets and bid twice. Still, he who does not risk cannot win!!

  10. fmtransmitter says

    To be technical, I believe there are two simple reasons why. He didn’t used the word high relief, but deep dish, AND he only had 1 feedback at the time. I did place a second bid with what I was willing to pay but got lucky I believe due to those two reasons.

  11. fmtransmitter says

    100% Positive Samuel, I take pride in that. I am an honest seller/buyer for many years on eBay…

  12. fmtransmitter says

    TY VABEACHBUM…Can’t wait to see it and add to the other HR’s…Love HR’s..

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