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Royal Canadian Mint’s Newest Collector Coins Celebrate Much-Loved Images of Canada


The Royal Canadian Mint has released its final catalogue of collector coins, featuring some of the most recognizable icons of Canada, from a large-scale colour interpretation of the Common Loon made famous by the one-dollar circulation coin to the stark beauty of a mid-winter freeze, achieved through an innovative finish mimicking the look and feel of real ice. Many other coins depicting themes of Canadian nature, culture and history, are also available for purchase since November 3, 2015.

In launching its second 5 oz. fine silver “Big Coin Series” celebrating the classic artwork of Canada’s six circulating coin denominations, the Mint has added colour to the central motif of each coin, starting with the Common Loon. Every feature of artist Robert-Ralph Carmichael’s celebrated “Loonie” $1 coin design is faithfully reproduced on a 65.25-mm-wide coin, whose richly coloured accents leap out from the mirror-like proof finish of this 99.99% pure silver collectible.


The common loon also gets a new look with the first instalment of a new “Geometry in Art” series of $20 fine silver coins. Digital artist Calder Moore has rendered two loons in a modern composition of polygons evoking the unmistakable shape of this famous Canadian bird. The different angled surfaces of a proof-finished common loon and its offspring reflect the light in a dazzling kaleidoscope effect, shining out against the colourful background of a lake in the Canadian Rockies.

New technology also appears on the first coin to feature a translucent finish which realistically duplicates the veneer of ice left by mid-winter freezing rain storms all too common to Eastern Canada. This innovation is found on the $20 Fine Silver Coin – Weather Phenomenon: Winter Freeze, jointly designed by Arnold Nogy and Tony Bianco, featuring a coloured scene of three evening grosbeaks perched on the branches of a fruit tree, whose limbs and red berries are glazed in a thick layer of ice. Another winter-inspired theme stands out on the new $25 Fine Silver Coin – Christmas Ornament, featuring an ornament in convex relief, sparkling in red and gold produced by the Mint’s own sheer-effect colouring technology. Mint engravers also engraved highly polished crystal-shaped incisions at the centre of the design to create the stunning illusion of real crystal decorations.

The Mint’s November 2015 catalogue also includes (Click Links for CoinWeek IQ Coin Profiles):

Mintages, pricing and full background information on each product can be found on the “Shop” tab of

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 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 outlets.

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Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. In operation since 1908, the Royal Canadian 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.

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