Berlin may be an unfamiliar setting for Canadian wildlife, but on
Feb. 5 the Royal Canadian Mint used the World Money Fair in that city
to showcase Canada’s new silver and gold bullion coins featuring
The RCM has launched a four-coin Birds of Prey series of Maple
Leaf 1-ounce .9999 fine silver $5 coins, with the first subject the
Also making its debut at the show — the largest in Europe and
perhaps the world — was a new .99999 fine gold $200 coin, the first in
a Call of the Wild series that continues the RCM’s recent practice of
issuing “five-nines” 1-ounce gold bullion coins.
The Birds of Prey series is planned for two years, with two coins
released each year in 2014 and in 2015. One coin was unveiled during
the Berlin show.
Like the six coins in the Canadian Wildlife series that preceded
the Birds of Prey series, each issue in the new series has a mintage
limit of 1 million coins.
The Falcon coin reverse was designed by noted wildlife artist
Emily Damstra and shows the falcon with its talons open.
The first release in the Call of the Wild series of 1-ounce .99999
fine gold bullion coins features a Howling Wolf design.
Designed by Pierre Leduc, the wolf is set against lines
representing the sound waves of his unmistakable call.
The coin is presented in plastic “credit card-style” packaging and
will be produced to demand. RCM Director of Bullion and Refinery
Services Chris Carkner told Coin World that the special
packaging was developed at buyer request because gold coins of such
high fineness are extremely sensitive.
The presentation of the coins is also more pleasant in the new
packaging, Carkner said.
The three-coin Call of the Wild series continues with issues in
2015 and 2016.
The $200 coin, which represents the highest value legal tender
coin among the world’s 1-ounce gold bullion coins, incorporates the
RCM’s exclusive, micro-engraved, visible, laser-mark security feature
on the reverse.
Both bullion coins are offered through the RCM’s network of
bullion distributors. One of the RCM’s bullion distributors is
Gatewest Coins in Winnipeg, Manitoba; another is American Precious
Metals Exchange in Oklahoma City.
The new coins are sold at an undisclosed slight markup when
compared to their standard Maple Leaf brethren — the 1-ounce .9999
fine silver Maple Leaf $5 coin and 1-ounce .9999 fine gold $50 coin
with the standard Walter Ott design. ■