The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders for their first batch of new product releases for 2015. This month’s selections are focused more on Canadian themes as compared to some previous months which offered a greater diversity of themes. The new releases highlight the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister. A new series begins featuring an image of a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Canada mirrored with a site located in another country.
All of the new products can now be found within the new releases section of the Royal Canadian Mint’s website.
This year’s Canadian Proof Silver Dollar pays tribute to the Canadian flag on its 50th anniversary. An image of the flag appears at the center of the coin, billowing in the wind at full-mast atop a flagpole. A backpacker stands below within a landscape representing a cross-section of Canada. An arrangement of 50 maple leaves surrounds the image to mark the 50th anniversary.
The 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 20,000 pieces.
A brilliant uncirculated version with a mintage of 15,000 is also available. A silver proof version with selective coloring is also present within the 2015 Silver Proof Set, which carries a mintage of 20,000.
The 13th release within the Royal Canadian Mint’s annual series of 1/25 oz gold coins takes inspiration from the Canadian flag on its 50th anniversary. The reverse design of the coin features an image of the flag fluttering in the wind with the maple leaf from its center emerging into the foreground.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure gold to proof quality with a weight of 1.27 grams and diameter of 13.92 mm. The mintage is 7,500 pieces.
A brand new series will showcase UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a unique fashion. The coin designs will includes images of a Canadian site and another world site to illustrate the diversity that underlies seemingly identical geographic features.
The first coin in the series features mirror image landscapes of the Rocky Mountains of Canada and Mount Fuji of Japan. The two scenes are divided by a central bar which contains mirrored bilingual identification of the sites.
The 1 oz 99.99% silver proof version carries a mintage of 7,500. The 1/4 oz 99.99% gold proof version has a mintage of 2,000 pieces.
The fourth release in the Great Explorers of Canada series features Henry Hudson, who navigated and charted the Hudson Strait and Hudson Bay in 1610. The reverse design depicts Henry Hudson on his final Arctic voyage as he peers through a spyglass. His ship Discovery is in the background and a rowboat full of crewmen approaches the shore. An image of a stylized map of Hudson Bay and a compass also appear in the background.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% pure gold to proof quality with a weight of 15.43 grams and diameter of 29 mm. The mintage is 2,000 pieces.
Several coins are issued to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. A 1 oz silver proof coin features his portrait with the facade of the original Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The coin is limited to a mintage of 8,500.
A 1/2 oz silver proof coin with gold plating depicts Sir John A. Macdonald holding a sheet of paper with his other hand placed upon a desk. This coin has a mintage of 10,000 pieces.
A 14 karat gold coin features a smaller profile portrait of Macdonald against a modern day map of Canada to symbolize his reputation as a nation builder. The steam locomotive no. 374 is also featured to signify his achievement of the completion of the Canadian Pacific railway. The coin has a weight of 12 grams, diameter of 27 mm, and mintage of 1,500 pieces.
Finally, Macdonald features on the new $2 circulation coin in Canada. A group of five of the coins are available to Canadian households at the face value.