New Release of Royal Canadian Mint Collector Coins Features the First-Ever Celebration of Diwali, The Festival Of Lights

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Art, nature, folklore and pop culture also shine brightly on Mint's newest coins

Ottawa, Ontario, September 2, 2015 – As more and more Canadians join in the celebration of Asian cultural festivals, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched a pair of finely crafted pure gold coins in its first-ever tribute to Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. Artist Sarindar Dhaliwal has creatively combined Canadian and Hindu symbols on two gold coins to create unique keepsakes for both culture lovers and observers of this ancient religious festival.

The Mint also makes room for home-grown folklore with the second coin in its Haunted Canada 25-cent lenticular coin series which recounts the chilling, nearly 90-year-old tale of The Haunted Brakeman of Gastown, the headless ghost of a tragically killed Vancouver railway worker.  Even pop culture makes an appearance with a new flight of SUPERMANTM and SUPERGIRLTM themed coins which celebrate various comic book heroes and villains from the DC COMICS Originals series on the four new $10 face value fine silver coins, starting with Gauntlet.

The September 2015 catalogue of new coins also includes:

•   New celebrations of a giant of Canadian art through the 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin –   Tom Thomson: Spring Ice (1916),
    and the 2015 $200 Pure Gold Coin – Tom Thomson: Pine Island, Georgian Bay;
•   The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – A Story of the Northern Lights: The Raven, featuring an achromatic
    hologram, by artist Nathalie Bertin (final coin in a series of three);
•   The 2015 $125 Fine Silver Coin – Conservation Series: The Grey Fox, by artist Laurene Spino;
•   New Looney Tunes™ coins with the 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius,
    and the $30 Fine Silver Coin – Classic Scenes: Birds Anonymous;
•   The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Forests of Canada: Boreal Balsam Poplar (#4 in the series), by artist Margaret Best;
•   The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Grizzly Bear: Togetherness (#2 in the 4-coin series), by artist Lauren Crawshaw;
•   The 2015 Five-Ounce Fine Silver Coin – Big Coin Series: $2 Coin, designed by Brent Townsend;
•   The 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Adventure Canada: Ice Climbing (#4 in the series), by artist Ken Ryan;
•   The 2015 Limited Edition Proof Silver Dollar – 100th Anniversary of In Flanders Fields, a commemorative
    coloured coin by artist Tony Bianco; and
•   The 2015 Holiday Gift Set.

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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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