History plays a starring role as the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates a wide range of themes in its first offering of new 2016 collector coins. The historic ocean liner SS Great Eastern, which laid out the first transatlantic telegraph cable to link North America and Europe via Newfoundland and Ireland in 1866, figures prominently in a design by maritime artist Yves Bérubé on all 2016 Silver Dollar products. Looking back 100 years to February 3, 1916, the fire that destroyed the Centre Block of Canada’s Parliament Buildings but which the Library of Parliament famously survived is dramatically portrayed by artist Tony Bianco on the Mint’s 2016 $100 Gold Coin. Dominion Sculptor Phil White has created another tribute to Canada’s historic Parliament Buildings by reinterpreting the gargoyle-like carvings adorning their exterior of the Parliament Buildings on a new three-coin, ultra-high-relief fine silver series.
All of these new coins are available for purchase as of today. Other products include several new series:
- The selectively-coloured 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Aircraft of the First World War Series: The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E. 5A, designed by David A. Oram (coin 1 of 3);
- The crystal-enhanced 2016 $5 Fine Silver Coin Birthstone Series – February, designed by Three Degrees Creative Group (coin 2 of 12, January launched in December 2015);
- The selectively-coloured 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Canadian Salmonids: Atlantic Salmon, designed by Curtis Atwater (coin 1 of 3);
- The 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Reflections of Wildlife – Grizzly Bear, designed by Maurade Barton (coin 1 of 3);
Continuing series and new coins include:
- The 2016 25-Cent Fine Silver Big Coin Series – 25-Cent Coin (Last in a series of 6 coins);
- The double-thick 2016 $25 Fine Silver Piedfort – The Coat of Arms of Canada;
- The 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Geometry in Art: The Polar Bear by digital artist Calder Moore (coin 2 of 5);
- The enamel-enhanced 2016 $250 Fine Silver and $2500 Pure Gold Kilo Coins: In The Eyes Of The Spirit Bear, designed by artist Glen Loates;
- The glow-in-the-dark 2016 $30 Fine Silver Coin – Northern Lights in the Moonlight, designed by Julius Csotonyi;
- The 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Canadian Landscape Series: The Ski Chalet by artist Stéphanie Gauvin (coin 3 of 4);
- The 2016 $8 Fine Silver Coin – Dragon Dance, designed by Harvey Chan;
- The 2016 Uncirculated Set;
- The 2016 Gift Sets, returning with the themes of “Baby”, Wedding” and “Birthday”, with “O Canada” featuring retro-inspired packaging; and
- The 2016 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Welcome to the World.
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 outlets.
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.