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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Bald Eagle 5- Coin Subscription
- Bald Eagle 3-Coin Subscription
- 2014 Down by the Old Maple Tree 1/2 oz. Silver Coin
- Seven Sacred Teachings: Respect Silver Coin
Update: The 3- and 5-Coin Subscriptions for the Bald Eagle coins are once again available on the RCM website.