The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders from the general public for a wide array of new product releases. The coins come from both new and existing series with several subscription offerings beginning this month. Highlights include the Mint’s first use of glow in the dark technology on a silver coin, new releases in the niobium series, and low mintage gold and platinum coins.
All of the new products can now be found within the new releases section of the Royal Canadian Mint’s website.
A 1 oz silver proof coin features a design based on a detail from contemporary Canadian artist Emily Carr’s oil painting Totem Forest (1930) depicting a row of Northwest Coast totem poles. The coins are limited to a mintage of 6,000 pieces.
A 3 coin set is also offered which includes the silver coin, along with 1 ounce gold and platinum coins carrying designs based other works by Emily Carr. The gold coin features a detail from her watercolor and graphite work Zunoqua (1930), and the platinum coin features a detail from her oil painting A Skidegate Beaver Pole (1941-1942). There is a limit of only 100 sets worldwide.
The Royal Canadian Mint has started a new series which represents their first use of glow in the dark technology on a silver coin. The four coin series tells the story of the Big Dipper from First Nations Legend. The first coin entitled “The Quest” shows hunters in traditional Saulteaux dress heading out to track the bear under the star filled sky. The big dipper appears above and glows in the dark.
Each coin is struck in 1 ounce of 99.99% pure silver to proof quality. Available by subscription, there is a mintage limit of 7,500 for each coin in the series.
Also available by subscription is a new series featuring the cougar. Together the coins of the series showcase the variety of finishes, selective plating applications, color, and precious metals used by the Royal Canadian Mint.
The subscription for three 1 oz silver coins begins with a coin depicting a female cougar negotiating a rocky mountain pass. The second coin will feature a female cougar resting silently on a tree limb with a spray of colored maple leaves in the background. The third coin will feature the female cougar leaping through snow toward her prey finished in gold plating.
A five coin subscription includes additional gold and platinum coins. The gold coin is struck in 99.99% purity to proof quality with a weight of 3.14 grams and diameter of 16 mm. The platinum coin is struck in 99.95% purity with a weight of 3.14 grams and diameter of 16 mm. Both coins feature a close up portrait of a female cougar.
The second release in the Flowers in Canada niobium series features the rose. The inner niobium core of the coin features a single rose selectively oxidized to stand out from a sea of blossoms. Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a niobium core. The weight is 9 grams and the diameter is 28 mm.
The third release of the series is also available featuring the poinsettia. Each of the coins is limited to a mintage of 6,000.
The fourth and final coin within the Tradition of Hunting series features the Canada Goose. The reverse design carries a depiction of a traditional Aboriginal hunter taking aim at a pair of geese with his bow and arrow. 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.
A 1/2 oz silver coin with selective gold plating celebrates Canada. The reverse design of the coin features a map-like representation of Canada through symbolism. Within a maple leaf outline are various symbols of the provinces. The maximum mintage for the coin is 8,000 pieces.
A tiny half gram gold coin features the grizzly. The reverse design carries a profile portrait of an adult grizzly bear. Each coin is struck in 0.5 grams of 99.99% pure gold to proof quality with a diameter of 11 mm. The mintage is 10,000 pieces.
A new three coin hologram series available by subscription celebrates the interconnectedness between the realms of land, sky, and sea. The reverse design of the first coin representing the land features a beaver as the central motif surrounded by elements representing each of the four seasons. Each of the coins in the series is struck in 1 oz of 99.99% pure silver to proof quality. There is a maximum mintage of 7,500 for each coin.
A 1/2 oz gold proof coin is also available carrying the same design. The mintage is 1,500.
The second coin in a series celebrating autumn features a reverse design of a waterfall in a forest bordered by golden-orange sugar maple leaves. Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.99% pure silver to proof quality with coloration. The mintage is 7,500 pieces.
The fourth coin in the Ducks of Canada series features the Harlequin Duck. The reverse design depicts a pair of Harlequin ducks standing on rocks in a stream. Each coin is struck in 1/2 oz of 99.99% silver with coloration. The mintage is 10,000 pieces.
A cupronickel 25-cent coin featuring the same design is also available. The coins carry a specimen finish and are limited to a mintage of 17,500.
A 1/25 oz gold proof coin celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences, which were important steps on Canada’s path to nationhood. The design features a reinterpretation of Canada’s 1964 silver dollar which celebrated the centennial of the conferences. The mintage for the coin is limited to 7,500 pieces.
A 10 oz 99.99% silver proof coin features an image of majestic maple leaves, specifically the leaves of the sugar maple. The coin is limited to a mintage of 2,000 pieces.
A new four coin series will highlight the Canadian maple leaf and Queen Elizabeth II. The obverse designs of the series will feature the four effigies of Queen Elizabeth II which have appeared on circulating Canadian coinage since 1953. The first design features the profile portrait created in 1952 by British sculptor Mary Gillick. The reverse design features a depiction of two sugar maple leaves attached to a single stem.
Each coin is struck with a reverse proof finish in 99.99% pure gold with a weight of 7.8 grams and diameter of 2 mm. The mintage is 1,500.
A 1 oz 99.99% proof gold coin features a depiction of a white-tailed doe and her two young fawns within their summer habitat. The coin has a low mintage of only 350 pieces.
A 1 oz 99.95% platinum proof coin features a profile of an adult grizzly bear. This the same image used on the tiny half gram gold coin also offered this month. The platinum coin has a limited mintage of just 250 coins.