OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The greatest of the Great Lakes is being
celebrated as the latest silver collector coin produced by the Royal
Canadian Mint. The Lake Superior coin is the first in a five-coin
series featuring the famous Great Lakes.
"The Mint is proud to celebrate Canada's people, places and passions,
including the Great Lakes, which have shaped our collective identity in
so many ways," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal
Canadian Mint. "Lake Superior has captured the imagination of
generations and this coin will continue to foster the amazement and
delight of Canadians and collectors alike for years to come."
Lake Superior is not only the world's largest freshwater lake by surface
area but also the source of 10 percent of the planet's fresh water.
Lake Superior borders Ontario, as well as the American states of
Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Fed by 200 rivers, it measures 563
kilometres north to south and 257 kilometres west to east. Its renowned
shoreline in Northern Ontario is noted for massive plummeting cliffs
composed of ancient rock that hosts some of the world's oldest fossils.
This $20 fine silver coin is produced with 99.99% pure silver and
features a reverse image of a bathymetric map of Lake Superior
replicated by Royal Canadian Mint engravers and highlighted with
coloured enamel. Limited to a mintage of just 10,000 worldwide, it
retails for $114.95.
The Lake Superior silver collector coin 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. It is also available by subscription with the other coins in the Great
Lakes series. Please contact the Mint for details.
The remaining coins in the Great Lakes series will be launched as
follows: Lake Ontario (March 2014), Lake Erie (June 2014), Lake
Michigan (October 2014) and Lake Huron (February 2015).
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.
Images of this collector coin are available by visiting
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
For further information:
Tel: (613) 993-9999