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Canada On Bold Display As Royal Canadian Mint Releases New Collector Coins

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Ottawa, Ontario, JUNE 8, 2017 The Royal Canadian Mint's latest selection of collector coins continues to celebrate Canadian tradition and identity with themes ranging from Canada 150, military service and our renowned natural heritage. These new collectibles, featuring a variety of innovations, are now available for purchase.

In continuing its $20 fine silver coin series honouring important Canadian honours, the Mint is paying tribute to the 45th anniversary of the Order of Military Merit with a coloured rendering of the resplendent blue cross-shaped insignia awarded to Canadian military personnel whose dedication exemplifies "service before self".  Another medallic creation, newly designed by artist Rebecca Nayovskaya, appears on the third and final issue in the $100 series of 5 oz. fine silver coins showcasing historical pieces celebrating Canadian Confederation.  It features a new female allegory of Canada on its reverse while the obverse bears the double effigy of Their Majesties Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's monarchs in 1867 and 2017. 

Canada 150 shines through on the 2017 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Celebrating Canada's 150th featuring "Iceberg at Dawn", a stunning photo captured by Newfoundland and Labrador's Dale Wilson, while the newest coin in the 5 oz. fine silver "Big Coin" series celebrates Alex Colville's howling wolf design created for the Canadian centennial 1967 50-cent circulation coin.  A new series of $20 selectively gold-plated fine silver coins "Locomotives Across Canada" adds to the observance of Canada 150 with a first coin depicting the "4-4-0", the first locomotive built in Canada in the early days of Confederation, illustrated by David A. Oram. 

The Mint's new offering of collector coins also includes:  

  • The 2017 Special Wrap Roll Set - Classic Canadian Coins;
  • The 2017 $1 Fine Silver Two-Coin Set – 30th Anniversary of the Loonie, featuring the Common Loon and the classic Voyageur;
  • The 2017 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Mother Nature's Magnification: Beauty Under the Sun, featuring a new 3D dome dewdrop enhancing a colourful bee and flower design by artist Alexandra Lefort;
  • The 2017 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Under the Sea: Sea Star, featuring a new glass- encased sea star made up of mosaic-like arrangement of coloured glass rods, embellishing a Maurice Gervais design;
  • The 2017 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Canada's Coast Series: Pacific Coast, featuring a golden maple-leaf shaped sunset over mountainous vista overlooking Pacific waters in a design by artist Curtis Atwater;
  • The 2017 $300 Pure Platinum Coin – Maple Leaf Forever, featuring selective pink gold plating and colour illustrations of Douglas Maple leaves by artist Margaret Best;
  • The 2017 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Birds Among Nature's Colours: Purple Martin, designed by Derek C. Wicks;
  • The 2017 $30 Fine Silver Coin – Zentangle® Art: The Great Grey Wolf, which combines multiple abstract forms to compose artist Jori Van Der Linde's original perspective on the famous Canadian predator;
  • The 2017 $10 Fine Silver Coin – The Beaver, featuring a coloured engraving designed by Glen Loates;
  • The 2017 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Ancient Canada: Ogygopsis, a splash-struck coin recreating the look of the genuine trilobite fossil specimen housed at Alberta's famous Royal Tyrell Museum;     
  • A new "En Plein Air" 2017 $20 fine silver coin, depicting a canvas-like scene of an East Coast harbour by artist Elizabeth Sim;
  • The 2017 $100 Fine Silver Coin – Sculpture of Majestic Canadian Animals: Big Horn Sheep, featuring a 3D gold-plated sculpture by artist Karl Lansing; and
  • The double crystal-enhanced 2017 $3 Fine Silver Coin Zodiac Series – Cancer (July), designed by Pandora Young.

Mintages, pricing and full background information on each product can be found on the "Shop" tab of

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.

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


For more information, please contact:
Alex Reeves
Senior Advisor, External Communications
Royal Canadian Mint
Tel: (613) 949-5777