A Look at the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2018 Releases
In addition to manufacturing circulation coins on behalf of other nations, the Royal Canadian Mint also produces all of Canada’s circulation coins. Besides these activities, the Mint also manufactures and designs tokens and medallions, medals, platinum, palladium, silver and gold bullion coins, as well as base and precious metal collector coins.
The Royal Canadian Mint has a long history that dates back to its founding in 1908. During that time, it has grown to become one of the most recognizable and leading manufacturers of numerous numismatic products in the world. 2018 will mark the 110th anniversary of the RCM, and it has prepared a number of special edition coins and other products to mark the occasion. Examples include:
The Royal Canadian Mint Edition Pure Silver Rose Gold-Plated Maple Leaf Quartet
Paying tribute to 30 years of history, this quartet’s creative take on the idea of a fractional set is truly unique. Featuring a fraction of a reverse design by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc, each of the four pure silver coins is square-shaped. The four reverse images come together as one when placed together to form a larger square. In unity, they comprise the sugar maple leaf; the same symbol that has, since 1988, decorated the reverse of the RCM’s Silver Maple Leaf (SML) bullion coin. This unique set represents both a secure choice for investors and a wildly popular collectible.
The 2018 1 oz. Pure Silver Coin – Ice Crystals
Boasting a sampling of differently shaped snow crystals skillfully engraved in outstanding detail, this coin beautifully depicts an idyllic snowfall. Showcasing the artwork of three snow crystals, this 1 oz. Pure Silver Coin allows owners to hold the magic of a true Canadian winter in their hand. The icy essence of the crystal artwork is captured by the luminous effect of blue sparkle enamel. Exquisitely manufactured with an outstanding attention to detail, each crystal’s etched arms are unique in their intricacy. The previous 2017 Snowflake coin has completely sold out, so hurry and order your 2018 Ice Crystal coin today before it is too late.
The 2018 5 oz. Pure Silver Coin – Polar Bear Soapstone Sculpture
Because they were each hand-carved by Canadian artist Dave Zachary, no two polar bear sculptures on these coins are quite identical. That means each of these unique coins is a work of art in its own right. Only 1,300 of these coins will be made worldwide, meaning you’d best get your hands on one while you still have the opportunity. The coin’s 65.25 mm wide surface provides a large enough base for the soapstone sculpture, and the light-reflective nature of the Arctic landscape is mimicked by the proof-quality 99.99% pure silver. This is indeed a gorgeous coin you will admire time and time again.
The 2018 Pure Gold One Kilogram Lunar Lotus Coin – Year of the Dog
This coin represents an exceptional collecting opportunity as it will be made in an extremely low mintage of just 10 coins worldwide. Part of the highly-popular Lunar series that features coins of the Chinese zodiac, this is the 9th in a series of 12 coins. Made from 1 kilogram of 99.99% pure gold, it depicts a dog in its design; an animal known for its loyalty, sincerity, and intelligence. This exquisitely unique scallop-shaped coin pays tribute to all who are born under the sign of the Dog, which makes it a perfect way to celebrate 2018.