Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases May 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders from the general public for new releases for the month of May 2014. The products include ultra high relief gold and silver coins, a silver coin with an antique finish, hologram and transition effect colorized coins, and the initial releases from new series.

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

Ultra high Relief First Royal Visit

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An ultra high relief silver proof coin is issued to mark the 75th anniversary of the First Royal Visit. When King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Canada in 1939, this represented the first time a reigning monarch had ever traveled to North America.

The reverse design of the coin features a dual portrait of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth rendered in ultra high relief. The king wears a military hat to accurately represent his attire during the visit. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in standard relief.

Each coin is truck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 30.76 grams and diameter of 36 mm. The maximum mintage is 6,000 pieces.

An ultra high relief gold proof coin featuring the same design is also available. Struck in 99.99% pure gold, the coin has a weight of 33.17 grams, diameter of 30 mm, and mintage of just 500 pieces.

Royal Visit Antique Finish Coin

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A silver coin with a unique antique finish is also offered to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Visit. The reverse design features an image of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth standing on the waving platform located at the back of the final car in the royal train. This served as the focal point of their arrival and departure from each stop along the tour.

The 1 oz 99.99% silver coin has a diameter of 38 mm and is struck with an antique finish. The mintage is 5,000 pieces, with an ordering limit of two per household.

River Rapids Silver Coin

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The 2014 River Rapids 1 oz Silver Coin features the use of an advanced “transition effect” colorization technique. The reverse design by Canadian artist Robert Ross features an original painting of river rapids captured in color on an engraved surface. The new colorization technique makes for a shimmery surface to recreate the sparkle and glitter of a waterfall.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. The mintage is 7,500 pieces.

Stained Glass Silver Coin

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The first release in a new Stained Glass series features a reproduction of one of the glass windows from Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C. The center of the coin includes a grouping of six brightly colored flowers, with each pocket hand-filled with enamel to create the look of the original stained glass window. The background includes the original window’s diverging brick pattern.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. The maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces, with an ordering limit of two coins per household.

Empress of Ireland Silver Coin

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A new three-coin series will features Lost Ships in Canadian Waters. The first coin commemorates the 100th anniversary of the loss of RMS Empress of Ireland. This ocean liner sank in the Saint Lawrence River following a collision with the Norwegian collier Storstad amidst dense fog. In the greatest maritime disaster in Canadian history, 1,012 of the 1,477 passengers perished.

The reverse design recreates the imminent collision of the Empress of Ireland and Storstad during the early morning of May 29, 2014. The selectively painted image is framed within the coastline of the Saint Laurence River. Edge lettering includes the ship’s name and the image of a bell.

The 99.99% silver proof coin has a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. The mintage is 7,000 pieces, with a limit of two per household.

A 50-Cent silver plated coin is also available, which carries a mintage of 15,000 and ordering limit of three per household.

Green Darner Dragonfly Silver Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released the second coin in the Hologram & Dragonfly series, which features painted Canadian dragonfly species set against hologram images of their natural habitat. The latest coin features a painted Anax junius or Green Darner Dragonfly with its preferred summer breeding habitat depicted in the hologram background.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 15.87 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.

Longevity Silver Hologram Coin

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Continuing a series celebrating the cultural heritage of Chinese Canadians is a silver hologram coin which conveys the blessing of longevity. The reverse design combines numerous Chinese symbols for longevity, including pairs of cranes, tortoises and chrysanthemums surrounded by flowers that bloom throughout the seasons, extending the blessing throughout the year. A hologram of a maple leaf is incorporated.

The coins are struck in 99.99% silver to proof quality with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 38 mm. The maximum mintage is a lucky 8,888 pieces.

2014 Longevity Gold Coin

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A gold coin is also issued to convey the blessing of longevity. The reverse design, which is intended to be reminiscent of traditional Chinese papercuts, features two cranes turned towards the left and standing on a tree branch. A pine tree fills the lower and top portion of the image field with the Chinese symbol for “Longevity” appearing at left.

Each coin is struck in 99.999% pure gold to proof quality with a scalloped shape. The weight is 10.4 grams and the diameter is 22.5 mm. A mintage of 888 mintage has been established.

Down by the Maple Silver Coin

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The latest coin in the O Canada series is entitled “Under the Maple Tree” and features a view of children playing under the shade of a grand old sugar maple. The 1 oz 99.99% silver proof coin is limited to a mintage of 8,500 pieces.

There were several additional new releases, which have appear to have sold out during the pre-order period and are no longer available online. These include the following:

Update: The 3- and 5-Coin Subscriptions for the Bald Eagle coins are once again available on the RCM website.

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  1. Louis says

    The 3 silver eagles are actually quite nice esp the gilded, but to me the best is the final bison coin with terrific art work. However you have to purchase from a dealer. Even master’s club members never had a chance to order it.

  2. VABEACHBUM says

    Very frustrating to say the least. I’d really like to know what Master’s Club Members actually get the chance to buy any of these instant sell-out new releases.

    RCM has not been consistent with the timing of the listing of their new products, and by the time I logged on for this newest release, the 4th Bison, the 2nd Sacred Teachings, and others already were sold out. I’m also trying to figure out if the only way to purchase any of those Eagle coins is through the Subscription. I definitely would consider the multi-finish 1 oz Silver coin, but I really don’t have an interest in the Gilt or the coloured coin. Maybe Gatewest, Talisman, MCW or others.

  3. Hidalgo says

    Sadly, none of these designs appeal to me. We’ll see what June brings!

  4. fmtransmitter says

    Just signed for FIFA domed. Could see myself inside the concave or arena part. Stunning coin. Interesting the choice of holder. Cool circus coin. lol

  5. fmtransmitter says

    BTW, the outter sleeve of the clamshell box comes with a hologram FIFA World Cup 2014 sticker numbered and has the 3 hands holding the cup. Nice to see attempts at anti counter-fitting measures.

  6. Louis says

    VAB- You can get the bison and silver eagle you want from gatewest for less than the RCM price even with shipping. With the bison series it appears there was some kind of deal with Silvertowne and other dealers to acquire most of the mintage. As I have said before, we may think our Mint favors dealers, but other world mints do it to a much greater extent. I have still benefited from the MC status on a number of occasions and it does not cost anything.

  7. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks, Louis. Yeah, Gatewest is my go-to, secondary source, and their VIP Instant Rebate does improve their position. But, they still charge in $CA, so some of the savings is off-set by the currency conversions w/ the CC transactions. I realize some CCs are better than others, but I still incur a sunk cost.

    In reality, though, the MC Status does cost us something – $999 in RCM purchases over a 12 month period. If they keep pre-allocating the 1 or 2 coins within each new release that interest me (oh for four & the $400 towards that goal w/ the Bisons), then my MC access will expire come JAN 2015. Still expecting the 4th 100 / 100 and two more 20 / 20, but I do not intend to fill my $400 short-fall with increased quantities of my standard purchases.

  8. VARich says

    USD; there’s a limit order of 2, so with the expedited shipping with tracking, it works out to $462/coin.

  9. Ikaika says

    When FM posted the news of the re-offer from Direct, they allowed only 1 coin/customer. Although the price is a bit high, no one can get it cheaper at this time and only time will tell where prices will go. As a collector, I wanted to complement my 1 oz HR and Proof coins. Flippers buy at your own risk 😉

  10. Louis says

    My FIFA domed coin shipped from France yesterday! If I get the 2009 astronomy coin which the same seller has, I will have the complete set of domed silver coins from France, Australia and U.S.

  11. Ikaika says

    That should be a cool set Louis. Congrats! This is the beauty of coin collecting. One can always come up with different sets 🙂 I used the 2011 25th Anniversary ASE box to make a set of all 2013 ASE ‘s. Looks awesome.

  12. Louis says

    Thanks, Ikaika. I totally agree and also wish more mints offered display boxes, which make a real difference.

  13. fmtransmitter says

    Don’t come here for financial advice, come here to talk about the hobby of coin collecting and numismatics but if you got some stock picks ask Michael for my email Samuel…

  14. VABEACHBUM says

    Nicely done, Louis. Remember that the 3rd RAM Southern Sky should hit the market sometime in June / July. So far, I have not seen any hints as to the specific constellation that will be recognized, but have no doubts that it, too, will be very well done.

    I’m in a quandry about persuing the Monnaie coins, but especially the 2009 coin so late after the release; may have to do some research on availability and pricing this weekend. I do agree, though, that all 10 coins (currently) from the three Mints will create a very nice and somewhat unique type set.

  15. Samuel says

    at monnaiedeparis website, “my account”, do you see your state name? how about on the shipping box? i just created an account, no state name even though i entered it.

  16. mark says

    Directcoins up again…think this a new game being played. Show them as sold out and then put them up again. So people think they better grab them before its to late….5000 is a lot of coins with a $500 price tag.

  17. mark says

    A smarter buy is a pcgs pf70 dcam regular (not high relief) wedge tailed. These are not grading very well and hard to find.

  18. Zeeman says

    I have the same issue, the state do not show up, i still got my coins, so you are ok 🙂

  19. Louis says

    Mark- But remember many of those 5K were already sold by GovMint over the past few months.

  20. VA Rich says

    mark – where do you feel a good entry point for a 5 oz PR 70 is? They sold from Gov at $799 a while back, though they may have some more coming in with this latest release of WTE.

  21. JagFan says

    For what it is worth, the population at PCGS for the 5oz Mercanti Signature is:

    1,766 PR69
    1,095 PR70

    That comes to 2,861.

    All of those were sold by Govmint. Included in the PR69 total is a few Gem Mint.

    Hope this helps.

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