Royal Canadian Mint unveils new Blockbuster SupermanTM coin collection inspired by DC Comics' comic book covers

(From left to right) Patrick Hadsipantelis, VP of Marketing and Communications at the Royal Canadian Mint and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons are joined by his children Caroline Tolton and John Van Loan to unveil new collector coins featuring DC Comics’ iconic Superman comic book covers at FAN EXPO Canada™ in Toronto. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Following last year's sold-out Superman™ seven coin series, the Royal Canadian Mint has introduced four new collector coins featuring DC Comics' iconic Superman comic book covers. The coins were unveiled today at FAN EXPO Canada™ by the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and Mr. Patrick Hadsipantelis, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications at the Royal Canadian Mint.

"Canadians from coast to coast to coast recall Superman's adventures in the comic books of their youth and still follow his adventures today," said Minister Van Loan.  "Our Government is proud that the Royal Canadian Mint has created this coin series to preserve his legacy and to promote the values that the Man of Steel embodies."

 "Superman's legend continues with these expertly crafted coins produced in stunning colour by Mint employees," said Mr. Hadsipantelis. "The use of different finishes and engraving techniques bring the world's most famous Super Hero to life and exemplify the Mint's internationally renowned craftsmanship."

"We're thrilled to partner with DC Entertainment to once again offer the Royal Canadian Mint another side of the Superman coin with this new collection inspired by fan-favorite DC Comics' comic book covers from the rich world of the Superman mythos," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

These exciting new Superman coins can be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at www.mint.ca/superman.  The coins will also be available as of September 2, 2014, at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through the Mint's global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

*Please see the attached backgrounder for further product information.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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Coin images are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.

NEW ROYAL CANADIAN MINT COLLECTOR COINS: ICONIC SUPERMANTM DC COMICS' COMIC BOOK COVERS

Backgrounder

These new collector coins produced in gold and silver by the Royal Canadian Mint are a celebration of the iconic art that has graced the covers of DC Comics' Superman comic books throughout all eras of Superman's history.

GOLD

2014 $100 14KT GOLD COIN - ICONIC SUPERMAN™ DC COMICS BOOK COVERS:

THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #596 (2001) The reverse image taken from the DC Comics cover of The Adventures of Superman#596 features perhaps one of the most iconic and enduring images associated with Superman: that of the famous S-Shield. A partially obstructed view of Clark Kent allows the focus to remain on his chest as he pulls back his shirt to reveal the emblematic S-Shield. Colour is used to add depth to the image. Limited to a world-wide mintage of 2,000 examples, this coin retails for $750.95 CDN.

SILVER

2014 $10 FINE SILVER COIN – ICONIC SUPERMAN™ DC COMICS BOOK COVERS: ACTION COMICS #1 (1938) This coin recreates the DC Comics cover of Action Comics #1, which is arguably the most famous comic book of all time. In the scene, Superman foils the attempted abduction of Lois Lane by stopping the gangsters' green car, hoisting it high above his head and smashing the front of it against a rock. Brilliant colour highlights Superman's iconic costume, as well as the now-damaged getaway car. With a world-wide mintage of only 10,000, this coin can be purchased for $69.95 CDN.

2014 $15 FINE SILVER COIN – ICONIC SUPERMAN™ DC COMICS BOOK COVERS: ACTION COMICS #419 (1972)
The reverse image of this coin features an illustrated Superman in the classic iteration of his costume with the famous red and yellow S-Shield. With fists clenched and a determined grin, the DC Comics Super Hero takes to the skies high above the bustling city below, while his cape flutters behind him. By gently overlapping the inner rim of the image's field, Superman appears to emerge from the coin itself.  Limited to a world-wide mintage of 10,000, this coin retails for $89.95 CDN.

2014 $20 FINE SILVER COIN – ICONIC SUPERMAN™ DC COMICS BOOK COVERS: SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 (2012) Taken from DC Comics' Superman Annual #1, this coin's reverse image depicts Superman in the New 52 style as though he is stepping out of the image's field. As flashes of light crackle around him, his fixed, heated glare conveys strength and power. His familiar red cape crisply extends behind him as he moves away from the glinting Fortress of Solitude seen along the left edge. A series of concentric circles frame the image, further contributing to the design's dynamic movement by creating an optical effect of motion. This coin is offered at $109.75 CDN and has a world-wide mintage of 10,000.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mint

Image with caption: "(From left to right) Patrick Hadsipantelis, VP of Marketing and Communications at the Royal Canadian Mint and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons are joined by his children Caroline Tolton and John Van Loan to unveil new collector coins featuring DC Comics’ iconic Superman comic book covers at FAN EXPO Canada™ in Toronto. (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mint)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140829_C1056_PHOTO_EN_5251.jpg

For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Royal Canadian Mint, Tel: 613-993-9999, aquino@mint.ca