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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: