Earlier this week, the Royal Canadian Mint began accepting orders from the general public for a large and varied array of new coin releases. Topics include World War I, World War II, flowers, maple leaves, animals, aboriginal art, and even dinosaurs.
All of the new products can now be found within the new releases section of the Royal Canadian Mint’s website.
A 10 ounce 99.99% pure $100 silver coin is issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War. This represents a seldom used format for the Royal Canadian Mint. The last time they issued a 10 ounce $100 face value silver coin was more than 15 years ago.
The reverse design for the coin captures the moment when departing soldiers took one last look at the Canadian coastline. In this particular scene, a soldier aboard the SS Megantic sees the soaring cliffs of Gaspe Peninsula as he heads off to battle. With a mintage of 1,000 pieces, each coin has a weight of 311.5 grams and diameter of 76.20 mm.
A proof silver dollar marks the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Second World War. The coin highlights Canadian women’s response to the Allied war effort, as they went to work to meet the urgent demand for airplanes, ships, vehicles, guns, and munitions. The reverse design depicts three female workers as they complete construction of an Avro 683 Lancaster X.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 23.17 grams and diameter of 36.07 mm. The maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces.
A three coin niobium series will showcase Canada’s favorite flowers. The first coin in the series features the image of a colored tulip flower standing out against a sea of blossoms in the background. This image appears within the niobium core, which is individually oxidized to create a one of a kind background to showcase the flower.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a niobium core. The weight is 9 grams and the diameter is 28 mm. A maximum mintage of 6,000 pieces has been established.
A 99.999% pure gold proof coin with a face value of 350 Dollars features the majestic moose. The design shows the profile of a bull moose as it makes its way through a forest clearing. The moose is rendered in intricate detail with various finishes applied to further enhance the wintry scene.
Each coin has a weight of 35 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The maximum mintage is 600 pieces.
The 2014 Fine Silver One Kilogram Maple Leaf Forever Coin features an image of two maple leaves against rays of sunshine in the background. Three different finishes are used throughout the design and two different colors of translucent enamel have been added to leaves.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of one kilogram and diameter of 102.1 mm. The mintage is 600 pieces.
A third coin is released using the Maple Leaf impression design, which creates a central image of a maple leaf from the space created an arrangement of smaller leaves. The previous coin featured the central leaf enhanced with red color. The current release features translucent green enamel.
This coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a diameter of 38 mm and maximum mintage of 7,500 pieces.
Three coins are released featuring a similar design which contains symbolic images to represent the traditional Five Blessings of Chinese culture. Within the left crescent shaped field a bat appears for happiness, a deer for career success, a crane for long life, and two magpies for joy. The right side of the coin is decorated with circular imagery overlaid with the Chinese symbol used to offer a wish of good fortune.
The 1 oz. silver proof coin features selective color application and is limited to a mintage of 8,500 pieces. A 1 oz gold proof coin featuring the same design and selective color application is limited to a mintage of 350 pieces. Lastly, a 1/10 oz gold proof coin without color is limited to a mintage of 2,000 pieces.
A new Prehistoric Animals series begins with gold and silver coins featuring the Woolly Mammoth. A 1 oz 99.99% silver proof coin and 1/10 oz 99.99% pure gold proof coin feature separate depictions of a woolly mammoth, which have been verified for accuracy by paleontologists.
The two coins are offered through a subscription program with two equal payments of $184.95. The silver coin will ship first, followed by the gold coin one month later. The two coins each appear to have a mintage of 3,000 pieces, which will mark a low level for the silver coin.
The third release in the Canadian Dinosaur series features the Xenoceratops foremostensis, which is reminiscent of the Triceratops. The reverse design features an interpretation of how the Xenoceratops may have looked, as verified by palaeontologists.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a diameter of 38 mm. The maximum mintage is 8,500 pieces.
According to First Nations legend, when Raven created the world everything was frozen and white. After a time Raven decided the world needed color, but people began to fight over the land that appeared. As years passed, more animals changed color, but people kept fighting over everything. Raven decided to remind them where they came from by turning one in every ten bears white.
The Legend of the Spirit Bear is shown on the reverse design of gold and silver coins. A white Raven appears waving its wing to bring color to the world as retreating ice and snow reveal a new world brimming with life. People are shown in canoes and before a great fire, seemingly in preparation for war. Raven waves its wing again to turn a bear white.
The 5 oz 99.99% silver proof version of the coin carries a mintage of 1,500 pieces. The 5 oz 99.99% gold proof version carries a mintage of just 50 pieces.
A 1/2 oz 99.99% pure silver coin brings together original First Nations artwork and hologram technology. An image of four salmon are shown in a circle pattern with clusters of roe between them. A full hologram in the field creates a shimmering background to mimic the reflective qualities of a river in sunlight.
Each coin carries a weight of 15.87 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.
The third release in the four coin Canadian Banknote series features a recreation of the portrait of a lion on a mountain taken form an early 20th century vignette created by the British American Banknote Company.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 23.17 grams and diameter of 26.07 mm. The maximum mintage is 8,500 pieces.
The second release in the Butterflies of Canada series features the Red-Spotted Purple, shown as it drinks nectar from the heart of a black eyed Susan flower. The butterfly is shown in full color.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with a weight of 31.83 grams and diameter of 40 mm. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.
Still more new releases for this month include the following:
- Red Trillium with Swarovski Crystal Dew Drop Elements 1 oz Silver Coin
- The Seven Sacred Teachings Honesty Silver Coin
- O Canada Cowboy in the Canadian Rockies 1 oz Silver Coin
- O Canada The Canadian Cowboy 1/2 oz Silver Coin