World's First Maple Leaf-Shaped Coin Headlines Royal Canadian Mint's New Release of Collector Coins

World's First Maple Leaf-Shaped Coin Headlines Royal Canadian Mint's New Release of Collector Coins

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Celebration of Yousuf Karsh’s iconic portraits and innovative Year of the Monkey coins also shine  a new light on Canada’s heritage

Ottawa, Ontario, August 4, 2015Always keen to celebrate Canada through exciting innovations, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched the world’s first maple leaf-shaped coin. The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – The Canadian Maple Leaf is an intricately engraved coin that required creativity and ingenuity to achieve the realistic shape of a maple leaf on a keepsake which captures the natural beauty of Canada’s national emblem in striking detail.

Some of most influential figures of the 20th century will find a home on Royal Canadian Mint coins thanks to a new fine silver series celebrating the iconic portraits of legendary Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh.  As 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Special Theory of Relativity, the first of these 10 oz. fine silver coins features Karsh’s famed portrait of Albert Einstein. Delicate detailing and contrasting finishes bring out the subtleties of light and form which have made Karsh portraits so famous and iconic.

In anticipation of the popular cultural celebration of the Year of Monkey, symbolizing intelligence, charisma and agility, the Mint has issued a number of exciting collectibles.  Among these are the first fine silver and pure gold one kilo coins to feature both enamel colouring and a scalloped edge.  These 2016-dated coins were designed by Three Degrees Creative Group, as is the 2016 $15 Silver Coin – Lunar Lotus Year of the Monkey.  Artist Aries Cheung also celebrates this theme through his designs of the 2016 $15 Fine Silver Coin and $150 Gold Coin – Year of the Monkey.

Other products include:

  • The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Lost Ships in Canadian Waters: Franklin’s Lost Expedition, by maritime artist John Horton;
  • The 2016 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Canadian Landscape Series: The Rockies (#1 in a series of four coins), a recreation of a painting by Canadian artist Stéphanie Gauvin;
  • The 2016 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Canvasback (#6 in the series), designed by Saskatchewan artist Glen Scrimshaw;
  • The 2015 $30 Fine Silver Coin – Looney Tunes™ Classic Scenes: Fast and Furry-ous, the 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Looney Tunes™: “Beep! Beep!”, and the 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Looney Tunes™: “Where’s the Kaboom?”;
  • The 2015 $5 Fine Silver Coin – ANA Chicago State Flower: The Violet;
  • The 2015 Pure Gold Coin Set – Alluring Maple Leaves of the Fall, by artist Michelle Grant;
  • The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Baby Animals: White-Tailed Deer (#6 in the series), by artist Glen Loates;
  • The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Grizzly Bear: The Catch (#1 in the 4 coin series), by artist Lauren Crawshaw;
  • The 2015 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Butterflies of Canada: Colias Gigantea (#3 in the series), designed by Celia Godkin; and
  • The 2015 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Adventure In Canada: Mountain Biking (#3 in the series), by artist Ken Ryan.

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