Canadian $5 Poinsettia Silver Coin with Niobium Coloring

The Royal Canadian Mint launched its third release from a series featuring popular flowers with the 2014 $5 Poinsettia Fine Silver Coin with Niobium Coloring.

On the coin’s reverse is the distinctive color of the poinsettia flower contrasted against leaves of the plant. Inscribed around the design is CANADA and 5 DOLLARS. Designer Bert Liverance’s initials of BAL are also found to the lower right of the flower.

Each coin is struck as legal tender of Canada and features an obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. Obverse inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA and the year of 2014.

Specifications for the 2014 $5 Poinsettia Silver Coin with Niobium Coloring are:

Mintage: 6000
Composition: 99.99% pure silver with niobium core
Finish: proof
Weight: 9 g
Diameter: 28 mm
Edge: interrupted serrations
Certificate: serialized
Face value: 5 dollars

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Royal Canadian Mint Reveals Superman Coins

The Royal Candian Mint has unveiled four new collector coins featuring artwork from iconic Superman comic book covers, following up on last year’s seven coin Superman set.

The set features a 14kt gold $100 coin with the cover art The Adventures of Superman #596 (2001), and three silver coins:
– $10 featuring cover art from Action Comics #1 (1932),
– $15 coin featuring cover art from Action Comics #419 (1972),
– $20 coin featuring cover art from Superman Annual #1 (2012).


This coin recreates the DC Comics cover of Action Comics #1, which is arguably the most famous comic book of all time. In the scene, Superman foils the attempted abduction of Lois Lane by stopping the gangsters’ green car, hoisting it high above his head and smashing the front of it against a rock. Brilliant colour highlights Superman’s iconic costume, as well as the now-damaged getaway car.



The reverse image of this coin features an illustrated Superman in the classic iteration of his costume with the famous red and yellow S-Shield. With fists clenched and a determined grin, the DC Comics Super Hero takes to the skies high above the bustling city below, while his cape flutters behind him. By gently overlapping the inner rim of the image’s field, Superman appears to emerge from the coin itself.



Taken from DC Comics’ Superman Annual #1, this coin’s reverse image depicts Superman in the New 52 style as though he is stepping out of the image’s field. As flashes of light crackle around him, his fixed, heated glare conveys strength and power. His familiar red cape crisply extends behind him as he moves away from the glinting Fortress of Solitude seen along the left edge. A series of concentric circles frame the image, further contributing to the design’s dynamic movement by creating an optical effect of motion.

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Rare 1936 Canadian penny sold for more than $250,000

A very rare 1936 ‘dotted’ Canadian pennyhas sold in april 2013 at a U.S. coin auction for $253,000.
This canadian one cent coin is so rare because when Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallace Simpson the Royal Canadian Mint halted a planned production of a penny coin with him on front. They did not have a usable portrait of the new successor, George VI (father of current Queen Elizabeth) so went back to the previous years portrait of George V, who had died leading to the throne being vacant for Edward.
In order to distinguish this penny coin from the previous runs, they put a dot, not easily visible, below the date on the coin. They test-made three of them and that turned out to be the entire run of ‘dot’ coins. Two ended up being taken by Maurice LaFortune who worked at the mint and one ended up in the hands of Tim Roberts, who was good friends with a Royal Canadian Mint official. Each owner eventually sold their coins for a considerable profit to John Jay Pittman, a famous New York state coin collector.

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A new 25-cent circulation coin commemorating the heroes of the War of 1812

The Royal Canadian Mint released a new 25-cent circulation coin honouring her memory as a hero of the War of 1812.  This is the last of four circulation coins which have commemorated key historical figures that influenced the fight for Canada from 1812 to 1814.

Limited to a mintage of 12.5 million coins, the Laura Secord 25-cent commemorative circulation coin begins circulating June 22, 2013.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to preserving memories of the people, places and events which tell the story of the Canadian experience and the remembrance of the heroes of the War of 1812 is a wonderful way to celebrate our proud values,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  “Laura Secord is celebrated as a hero of the War of 1812 for valiantly supporting our troops in a spirit which survives to this day and the Mint is delighted to have issued a 25-cent circulation coin which Canadians can collect in celebration of her nation-building achievement.”

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