Precious Stones, 99999 Pure Gold And Innovations Add Sparkle To Royal Canadian Mint's Second Numismatic Launch Of The Year

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Ottawa, Ontario, February 9, 2018 The Royal Canadian Mint is again offering its customers a wide variety of collectibles with its second numismatic catalogue of 2018. All sharing the Mint's signature craftsmanship and innovation, these products are designed to please a wide variety of customers: from the new coin buyer to the experienced collector. These new coins are currently available for purchase.

Among the most notable issues is the 2018 $250 Pure Gold Coin – A Crown Jewel, featuring  17 genuine rubies and selective platinum plating on a 99.99% pure gold coin recalling the dazzling array of precious stones found on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Burmese Tiara.  The newest addition to the Mint's exclusive 5-9s pure gold coins is the 2018 $200 Pure Gold Coin – Ultra-High Relief Ancestor Moon Mask.  Designed by Pacific Northwest artist Andy Everson, it features a portrait of Ancestor Moon, which draws the eye with its exceptionally high relief and contrasting finishes.

The Mint is also issuing its first 5 oz. curved coin with the 2018 $50 Fine Silver Coin – Maple Leaves in Motion.  Designed by artist Claudio D'Angelo, the dramatic convex shape of its reverse is enhanced by an antiqued finish.  Another impressive maple leaf design, created by artist Maurade Baynton and appearing on one kilogram of 4-9s pure gold, can be found on the 2018 $2,500 Pure Gold Coin – Sugar Maple Majesty.  

Other products in the Mint's February repertoire include:  

  • The 2018 Specimen Set, featuring the Burrowing Owl on a special one-dollar coin designed by artist Pierre Girard;
  • The 2018 $30 Fine Silver Coin – The Queen's Gate: Formal Entrance to Parliament Hill, featuring the artwork of Cathy Bursey-Sabourin and Patrick Belanger on the Mint's newest filigree-enhanced coin;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Canadian Honours: 25th Anniversary of the Star of Military Valour;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Golden Spring Pysanka, with selective gold plating highlighting a colourful Ann C. Morash design; 
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Majestic Wildlife: Courageous Cougar, featuring a coloured design by artist Pierre Leduc;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Nature's Impressions: Wolf, the final coin in a series featuring engraved animal footprints, designed by artist Claudio D'Angelo;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Lucky Clover, with a shamrock green four-leaf clover design by artist Lisa Thomson;
  • The 2018 $20 Pure Silver Coin – Norse Figureheads: The Dragon's Sail, the latest in a three-coin series of Patrick Bélanger-designed coins revisiting Canada's ties to Viking exploration;
  • The 2018 $15 Fine Silver Coin – Celebration of Spring: Apple Blossoms, featuring a colourful illustration by artist Jan Poynter;
  • The 2018 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Maple Leaves, brilliantly highlighting the artwork of Celia Godkin against a specimen finish;
  • The 2018 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Star TrekTM: The Next Generation, featuring the iconic U.S.S. Enterprise in vivid colour enhanced by glow-in-the-dark technology; 
  • The 2018 $3 Fine Silver Coin – The Thirteen Teachings from Grandmother Moon: Bear Moon, designed by Frank Polson; and,
  • The crystal-enhanced 2018 $5 Fine Silver Coin – Birthstones: March, featuring a mandala-inspired aquamarine design by artist 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 and Winnipeg, as well as through our global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
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Alex Reeves
Senior Advisor, External Communications
Tel: (613) 949-5777