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Royal Canadian Mint Releases Naturally Novel Collector Coins

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Ottawa, Ontario, March 6, 2014 - Canada’s vast landscapes and abundant wildlife continue to inspire new collector coins from the Royal Canadian Mint. From colourful pintail ducks to the deep blue waters of Lake Ontario, a thriving variety of Canadian themes has been captured in a variety of trademark Mint techniques; from meticulous engraving to advanced paint and enamel applications.    

“The Mint is continuously inspired by Canada’s rich natural, cultural and historical heritage by which our country is known around the world,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  “We are delighted that these themes not only allow us to tell new stories of Canada through beautiful new coins, but also showcase our craftsmanship and innovation.”

After launching many popular bird-themed coins, including a new series of duck-inspired coins started in 2013, the Mint is introducing new $10 fine silver and 25-cent cupronickel coloured coins featuring the distinctive blue-billed pintail duck. Building on that theme is a new pure gold 50-cent coin featuring the osprey, as well as other wildlife species on the following collectibles:

  •   “The Wolverine” $20 fine silver and $25 pure gold coins;
  •   “The Bison: The Bull and his Mate” $20 fine silver coin; and
  •   “The Eastern Chipmunk” 25-cent, half-gram pure gold coin.

Other impressions of Canada can be found on the second coin from the blue-enameled Great Lakes $20 fine silver series (Lake Ontario); new O Canada $10 and $25 fine silver coins celebrating the great outdoor sport of downhill skiing; the third coin in the Tradition of Hunting $5 fine silver series;  and the specially-wrapped annual 50-cent uncirculated coin roll.

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.

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For more information, please contact:

Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
Tel: (613) 949-5777
reeves@mint.ca