Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases June 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders from the general public for their latest round of monthly new product releases. This includes the initial releases for new series on the exploration of Canada and haunted Canada, a new bison themed gold coin, a silver coin to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and more.

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

2014 Voyageurs Silver Coin

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The first release within the new series entitled “Exploring Canada” features the Voyageurs, who were engaged in transporting furs by canoe during the fur trade era. The reverse design features a dramatic scene of voyageurs canoeing through  river rapids.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% silver with a matte proof finish and weight of 23.17 grams. The maximum mintage is 15,000 pieces.

The ten coin series which will run from 2014 to 2015 is available by subscription and will showcase various aspects of Canadian history and its exploration with diverse themes such as the Vikings, the Gold Rush, Arctic exploration, building the Canadian Pacific Railway, and space exploration.

2014 Canada Bison Gold Coin

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A 1 oz gold proof coin is entitled “The Bison at Home on the Plains” and carries a depiction of male and female plains bison with a young calf. This continues the recent run of bison themed coins from the Royal Canadian Mint.

Each coin is struck in 99.99% purity with a diameter of 30 mm. The maximum mintage is just 350 pieces.

2014 Platinum Maple Leaf Forever Coin

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The 2014 Maple Leaf Forever 1 oz Platinum Coin features the image of a single maple leaf within two concentric circles. The 99.95% pure platinum coins carry a proof finish and have a diameter of 30 mm. The mintage is limited to 250 pieces.

2014 Baby Beaver Silver Coin
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The first release in a new baby animal series features the baby beaver. The reverse design features a colored depiction of a young beaver with its mother against a backdrop of grasses and leaves along the river bank.

Each coin is struck to proof quality in 1 oz of 99.99% silver with a diameter of 38 mm. The maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces.

2014 Caterpillar and Chrysalis Silver Coin

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The final coin within the Animal Architects series features the Caterpillar and Chrysalis. The reverse design features a colored depiction of a Monarch caterpillar as it crawls along a green milkweed leaf. The background carries the image of a large chrysalis indicating the next stage of life as it undergoes transformation into the Monarch butterfly.

Each coin is struck in 1/4 oz of 99.99% silver to proof quality with a diameter of 27 mm. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.

2014 Battle of Lundy's Lane Kilo Coin
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The latest silver kilogram coin is inspired by The Battle of Lundy’s Lane from the War of 1812. This represents the last of the kilogram-sized coins within the Royal Canadian Mint’s War of 1812 series. The silver kilo proof coin carries a diameter of 102.1 mm and is limited to a mintage of 400 pieces.

A gold kilo proof coin is also available, carrying the same design and limited to a mintage of just 10 pieces.

2014 Canadian Expeditionary Force Silver Coin

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A silver proof coin pays tribute to the contributions and sacrifices made by the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the designation for Canadian forces that served overseas during the First World War.

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

2014 Canada 70th Anniversary D-Day Silver Coin

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A 1/2 oz silver proof coin is issued to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The reverse design carries a unique first-person perspective that places the viewer with Canadian infantry soldiers as they disembark at Juno Beach. The obverse design of the coin carries an effigy of King George VI, the reigning monarch during the Second World War.

Each coin has diameter of 34 mm and is limited to a mintage of 8,000 pieces with an ordering limit of three coins per household.

2014 Ghost Bride Hologram Colored Coin
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The first coin in a new series entitled “Haunted Canada” celebrates the legend of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Ghost Bride. According to legend, she has made the hotel her eternal home since the 1930’s when she stumbled on a staircase to her death on her wedding day.

The reverse design tells the story through the use of lenticular technology. A colored portrait shows the bride with her eyes closed and when the coin is tilted her eyes appear opened with lit candles in the background and the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel below.

This cupro nickel 25-cent coin carries a maximum mintage of 15,000 pieces.

Canada Coat of Arms Gold Coin

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The final release within a fourteen coin series features the Coat of Arms of Canada. The previous releases of the series have featured the Coats of Arms of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories.

The coin is struck in a composition of 14-karat gold to proof quality with a weight of 60 grams and diameter of 50 mm. The maximum mintage is 500 pieces.

2014 Seahorse Gold Coin

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The second release in the Sea Creatures series features the seahorse. The reverse design features a side profile of a female lined seahorse.

Each coin is struck in 1/25 oz of 99.99% gold to proof quality with a diameter of 13.92 mm. The maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces.

2014 Lake Erie Silver Coin

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The third coin in the Great Lakes series features Lake Erie, the smallest of the lakes by volume which is bordered by Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. The coin is crafted with raised land against a translucent enamel filled lake with an interpretation of the bathymetric depths below the surface based on data from the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.99% silver to proof quality with a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.

2014 Canada Coose Gold Coin

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The third release in the 2014 O Canada series of gold coins features the Canada Goose. The reverse design depicts a three-quarter profile portrait of a Canada goose in its natural habitat.

Each coin is struck in 1/10 oz of 99.99% gold to proof quality with a diameter of 16 mm. The maximum mintage is 4,000 pieces.

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

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Comments

  1. GoldFishin says

    If the US Mint ever reached this point of token like coins, I would have to find another hobby or more likely would really start to ramp up my pre-1955 activity. The problem with very limited mintages with poorly thought out designs… it is very difficult to create future appreciation when there is not enough trading activity to create market desire for the coins.
    I would like the “exploring Canada” coin if it were say 1/4 oz. or 1/2 oz. bullion gold instead of silver. I do own silver bullion maple leafs in both the “wildlife series” and the “25th anniversary” version, as well earlier dated maple leafs. That is where I will continue to support the RCM.

  2. Louis says

    @Samuel or anyone into Chinese coins- Have you checked out the new commemorative issued for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with France? It’s a nice piece and would make a good set with the French coin on the same theme. And mintage at 10K is lowest for any recent issue. Any thoughts on it, esp. given the high retail price over $200? There is also a 1/4 oz gold but it is really overpriced.

  3. G says

    I actually like the haunted bride quarter, and I guess I’m not the only one- it sold out

  4. Ikaika says

    @ Louis

    Downies has shipped my Tiffany Baroque Dresden 2 oz coin. Got a UPS notification today and cc charged. You should be getting yours + the WTE soon. Cheers!

  5. Louis says

    Thanks, Ikaika. To avoid a shipping charge they will hold my order for the Poseidon coin, which should be available soon.

  6. Ikaika says

    @ Louis
    So you are basically saying Downies is storing the coins for you, lol 😉

    I am glad you got the Poseidon. I had it with PM and decided not to continue the series. I boycotted them for many years until the WTE were released. And just because of Mr. Mercanti I made the purchases. I am going into strike mode again. Will spend my money with our beloved US mint.

  7. Tom P. says

    It figures, the haunted bride was about the only one that intrigued me. It says awaiting stock, but that pretty much means sold out.

    I don’t mind the explorer series is 1/2 ounce silver with a total mintage of only 15,000, but they put out so many different series with low mintages it becomes almost meaningless after awhile.

  8. Schalk says

    Ikaika

    Indeed, I also received the UPS tracking number for the Tiffani and Mongolian coins from Downies – I also got the Poseidon coin – for $179, which they will hold back in case I want extra coins, but they will still ship it free of charge, regardless. In addition, they will reserve the final coin in the series for me. You cannot get better service that that!

  9. Louis says

    Thanks for the tip, Ikaika. I was not sure about the haunted bride, but when I saw I could get it at issue price in the folder with the accompanying stamps, I was sold.

    I understand your position on Perth, but just keep in mind that in 2008 I got annoyed at our Mint with all the pulling of pm coins and repricing, etc. (no grid back then) that when the Buffalo gold came along, I said to hell with them, I am boycotting! Which in the end was a big mistake as I merely shot myself in the foot by missing out on some great coins.

    @Schalk- I asked for your address but have not heard back yet.

  10. Ikaika says

    @ Louis

    Thank you for your thoughts. What I do not agree is the way PM and RCM sells their coins to collectors. In many cases, there is no chance for the collector to purchase from them. Since you mention 2008, back then I was busy transitioning between jobs and did not have time to dedicate to coin collecting. I was aware of the gold buffalos and had the chance to buy for several weeks, but did not. When I decided to purchase some of the fractional ones, they were sold out. I also missed the boat, which was my fault. You also had your chances if you wanted, correct? The point is, the US mint always gives everyone a fair chance to buy their products. Price is not the issue here because it is the same for everyone. Even with the hectic releases (UHRDE, 25th Ann ASE set, BHOF), most, if not everyone was able to order their coins. When the US mint tried to play the “through distributors only” game for the 5 oz ATB bullions” we saw what happened. The mint had to step in to end the price gouging and we have to give kudos for that. I do realize that distributors have to make money to stay in business, but when a coin like the Poseidon is sold by some for $300-$400, this is price gouging. I refuse to pay this kind of money, but this is just me. The fallout is that the PM just lost another collector that was interested in this series.

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