OTTAWA, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is offering
customers a dazzling selection of new collector coins as a broad range
of Canadian themes and anniversaries continue to inspire uniquely
designed and finely crafted keepsakes. From 50 years of Canadian
peacekeeping in Cyprus to the 25th anniversary of the Mint's world-renowned Silver Maple Leaf bullion
coin, to majestic symbols of nature; treasured reminders of the holiday
season; or coin and stamp sets celebrating Canada's NHLTM teams, choices abound for collectors and gift-givers. These new
releases are now available from the Mint and its network of official
"The Mint is proud to celebrate Canada's natural, cultural, and
historical heritage through collector coins which stand out for their
originality and craftsmanship," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO
of the Royal Canadian Mint. "By their unforgettable designs and
innovative features, our coins bring Canada's stories to life in a way
that can be shared and treasured by generations."
The Mint has made its own history with the 25th anniversary of the world-famous Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin. An
instant success since its introduction in 1988, this celebrated 1 oz.
silver bullion coin continues to be a favourite of precious metal
investors for its unsurpassed 99.99% purity. Its universal appeal is
magnified by two outstanding fine silver tributes. The first is a 1 oz.
"Piedfort" coin, featuring a new interpretation of the iconic Sugar
Maple design on a double-thick platform prized by collectors as virtual
pedestals to designs of special significance. The other imposing
tribute to this anniversary is a five-ounce fine silver coin with a
selectively gold-plated "shadowleaf" motif surrounding the Mint's
trademark maple leaf bullion design.
The celebration of the iconic maple leaf continues with two innovative
2014-dated Maple Leaf fractional sets. The four-coin 2014 Pure Gold
Fractional Set is the first to ever feature incuse maple leaves.
Designed by artist Pierre Leduc, the brilliantly polished concave image
of a maple leaf appears on coins of 1 oz., ¼ oz., 1/10 oz. and 1/20 oz.
sizes. The same sizes, which are added a ½ oz. coin, are found on the
2014 Fine Silver Fractional Set featuring overlapping Sugar Maple
leaves designed by Arnold Nogy. The mirror-like proof finish of this
maple leaf pair has been accentuated by selectively gold plating the
top leaf in a coin set engineered to stand out.
As 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Canadian Peacekeeping in Cyprus, the Mint has crafted a
99.99% pure silver coin featuring artist Silvia Pecota's image of a
Master Corporal keeping watch at his United Nations observation post,
while wearing an iconic blue beret, crafted in glossy enamel. This
unforgettable tribute to the universally-recognized Peacekeeper's
uniform honours the thousands of Canadians who have served on the
Cyprus peacekeeping mission since 1964, as well as those who have
participated in or continue to serve other missions in the cause of
peace around the world.
After carving out its reputation for impeccably crafting large-scale
coins ranging from one to 100 kilograms in weight, the Mint is pleased
to introduce a new five kilogram ultra-high relief collector coin
crafted of 99.99% pure silver. This new giant of the numismatic world
celebrates Canadian art legend Emily Carr, whose iconic totem from her
watercolour Tsatsisnukomi, B.C., 1912 has been transformed into a solid silver sculpture by Mint engravers
Christie Paquet and Stan Witten. The central image of a mystical bird
has been engraved at a rarely seen depth, which seems to make this
mighty totem symbol rise from the surface of this 18 cm-wide coin.
Only 100 of these masterful tributes to one of the world's greatest
female artists are available for passionate coin collectors and art
A favourite theme of collectors returns with the arrival of new coins
celebrating the holiday season. Enhanced by technological innovations
or traditionally crafted, these keepsakes celebrate all we have come to
love about a special time of year in Canada: from glittering winter
icons to time-honoured traditions. This abundant selection of
2013-dated collectibles includes:
A $20 Fine Silver Coin - Candy Cane, featuring bold colour over raised
decorative elements and a Venetian glass candy cane;
A $10 Fine Silver Coin - Holiday Candles featuring red enamel colouring;
The continuation of our best-selling "crystal snowflake" coin series
with the $20 Fine Silver Coin - Winter Snowflake featuring a black
Swarovski crystal element;
A $20 Fine Silver Coin - Holiday Wreath featuring five Swarovski crystal
elements adorning a meticulously engraved wreath of spruce boughs;
A $10 Fine Silver Holiday Coin - A Partridge in a Pear Tree
incorporating a red-enamelled ribbon; and
A 50-Cent Coin - Lenticular Snowman bringing to life a traditional scene
of children building a snowman.
The onset of winter also signals the start of a new NHLTM hockey season. To celebrate the return of a favourite Canadian pastime,
the Mint has teamed up with Canada Post to produce coin and stamp gift
sets celebrating each of Canada's NHL teams. Fans have their choice of
seven sets featuring an oversize 25-cent coin brightly coloured with
the shield-framed logo of their favourite team, packaged in a "pop up
jersey" folder also enclosing team stamps from Canada Post.
Several other products are on offer as a number of series continue,
The 2013 $20 Fine Silver Coin - The Bald Eagle: Mother Protecting Her
$5 pure gold and $10 and $25 fine silver coins celebrating the Orca from
the O Canada series;
The 2014 $3 Fine Silver Spider & Web Coin form the Animal Architects
The 2013 $300 14 Karat Gold Coin - Northwest Territories from the
Territorial and Provincial Coat of Arms series.
Mintages, pricing and full background information on each product can be
found on the "Shop" tab of www.mint.ca.
All of these products can be ordered directly from the Mint at
1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online at www.mint.ca. The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint's boutiques in
Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as through our global network
of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post
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 the Mint's newest collection are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mint
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