The Royal Canadian Mint last week unveiled new $1 and $2 circulation coins. These updated Loonies and Toonies feature new compositions and enhanced security features which were not only designed the save the government money but also to help prevent counterfeiting.
The new Loonies and Toonies created with the Royal Canadian Mint's patented Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology will make their way into circulation through the normal channels. Older strikes are still considered legal tender and will circulate alongside their replacements for many years to come, according to the Mint.
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued three new coins acknowledging the sinking of the RMS Titanic one hundred years ago. The Titanic Commemorative Coins released by the Mint include a $10 99.99% pure silver coin, a 50-Cent Silver-Plated Colored Coin and a 25-Cent Colored Coin.
All three strikes mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the cruise ship that at the time was said to be unsinkable. It set sail on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. After four days, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic south of Newfoundland. Slowly taking on water, the ship sunk after two and a half hours. Continue reading
The Royal Canadian Mint has released the third strike in what has become one of its most popular series - the "Exchange $20 for $20" program. The $20 Pure Silver Polar Bear Commemorative Coin continues that series and like its predecessors is struck from 99.99% pure silver and is sold for an amount equal to its face value of $20.
Shown on the reverse of the coin is a design by Emily S. Damstra which depicts the iconic polar bear swimming in water. The head of the creature is just above the surface. To the right are the initials of "ED" for the designer while the inscription of "$20 DOLLARS" and "ARGENT PUR FINE SILVER 9999" are to the left. Below is the inscription of "CANADA." Continue reading
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new silver dollar emblematic of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The War of 1812 Bicentennial Proof Silver Dollar is the first collector coin issued by the Mint this year.
Each coin is struck from 99.99% pure silver and features a maximum mintage of 40,000. The proof coin will also be released as part of two proof sets issued by the Mint. In addition, a War of 1812 Bicentennial Uncirculated Silver Dollar is also available with a maximum mintage of 25,000. Continue reading
The Royal Canadian Mint will be adding another precious metal coin featuring the elusive cougar when its begins issuing the Cougar 0.5 g Gold Coin later this month. The strike is composed of half a gram of 99.99% pure gold and features a diameter of 11mm.
Shown on the reverse of the strike is an extremely detailed engraved image of a cougar. The massive cat is depicted with its mouth open as if to announce its presence or perhaps attack its prey. Continue reading
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the next release in its $20 face value coin for $20 program - the $20 Pure Silver Canoe Commemorative Coin.
This Silver Canoe Coin marks a continuation to the program which has shown a history of selling out. In fact, the last release of the series sold out in only twenty-nine days of availability.
That strike featured a Maple Leaf design and had a maximum mintage of 200,000. Acknowledging the extreme interest in the series, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) announced an increase mintage of 250,000 for the newest strike of the series. Continue reading