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Royal Canadian Mint Throws Collectors a Curve with new Convex Coin Celebrating Canadian Baseball History

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Third numismatic catalogue of 2018 offers many other finely crafted, innovative coins  

Ottawa, Ontario, March 6, 2018Always a heavy hitter when it comes to creativity and innovation, the Royal Canadian Mint has crafted a cutting-edge curved silver coin to commemorate North America's first officially recorded baseball game.  The scene which played out in a Beachville, Ontario pasture on June 4, 1838, as local amateur teams faced off in the first-ever baseball game to be documented in North America, is classically engraved over the convex surface of the 2018 $25 Fine Silver Coin – 180th Anniversary of Canadian Baseball, designed by Artist Steve Hepburn.  Framed by an unmistakable baseball stitching pattern, players from Beachville and nearby Zorra show how the game was played 180 years ago, without gloves, in a moment which remains the pride of a small, but hugely significant corner of southern Ontario.  This great collector's item, along with many other historic and eye-catching coins, is available as of today.

A different take on history appears on the $20 Fine Silver Coin – Royal Portrait, where artist Maurice Gervais has adapted famed photographer Cecil Beaton's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gazing at her first-born child HRH Charles, Prince of Wales.  The official 1948 photo is faithfully reproduced in its original black and white tones and is bordered by a selectively gold-plated wreath of maple leaves, topped with a stylized version of St. Edward's Crown.      

Other collector products in the Mint's latest catalogue include:  

  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – 30th Anniversary of the SML, featuring double-incuse striking and edge lettering;
  • The 2018 $8 Fine Silver Coin – Chinese Blessings, a rectangular shaped coin designed by Aries Cheung and featuring red and gold banners emblazoned with calligraphic symbols of good fortune;
  • The 2018 $200 Pure Gold Coin – Bighorn Sheep, designed by Curtis Atwater and crafted of 5-9s pure gold;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Geometric Fauna Series: Grey Wolves, the first coin in a new series blending low poly art and realist illustrations by Claude Thivierge;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Nocturnal by Nature: The Howling Wolf, featuring black rhodium-enhanced artwork also designed by Claude Thivierge;     
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Majestic Wildlife: White-Tailed Deer, featuring a coloured design by artist Maurade Baynton;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Little Creatures: Monarch Caterpillar, designed by Maurice Gervais and featuring a colourful Murano glass caterpillar;
  • The 2018 5-Ounce Fine Silver Coin – Big Coin Series: 5-Cent Coin, with selective rose gold plating;
  • The 2018 Legacy of the Dime Fine Silver Coin Set featuring large-sized, selectively gold-plated replicas of all five reverse designs to have appeared throughout the history of the 10-cent circulation coin; 
  • The 2018 $10 Fine Silver Coin – The Common Loon: Beauty and Grace, illustrated by artist Arnold Nogy;
  • The 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Ancient Canada: Marrella, based on a fossil specimen from Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum;
  • The 2018 $20 Pure Silver Coin – Norse Figureheads: Viking Voyage, last of a
    three-coin series and designed by Neil Hamelin;
  • The 2018 $10 Fine Silver Coin – Star TrekTM: Voyager, featuring another famed starship of the enduring pop culture phenomenon, in colour and enhanced by glow-in-the-dark technology; 
  • The 2018 $3 Fine Silver Coin – The Thirteen Teachings from Grandmother Moon: Sugar Moon, designed by Frank Polson; and,
  • The crystal-enhanced 2018 $5 Fine Silver Coin – Birthstones: April, featuring a mandala-inspired diamond design by artist Pandora Young.

Mintages, pricing and full background information on each product can be found on the "Shop" tab of www.mint.ca.  Coin images can be viewed here.

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 and Winnipeg, 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 corporation, 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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Alex Reeves
Senior Advisor, External Communications
Tel: (613) 949-5777
reeves@mint.ca