Natural elements, a national symbol and sports are honored on four
new collector coins from Canada.
The Royal Canadian Mint on July 21 released a new suite of
non-circulating, legal tender coins celebrating the black footed
ferret, the maple leaf, the bigleaf maple and lacrosse.
The maple leaf is regarded around the world as the symbol of
Canada, and the new .9999 fine silver $10 Maple Leaf Forever coin
features three of those iconic leaves.
The half-ounce coin features a Debbie Adams design for the reverse
“inspired” by the design that has appeared on Canada’s 1-cent coin
The reverse image also revives a design that already appeared on
kilogram .9999 fine silver $250 and kilogram .9999 fine gold $2,500
coins issued earlier this year.
The obverse of the new silver $10 coin, as with all the new
Canadian coins, depicts the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The $10 Specimen-finish coin weighs 15.87 grams and measures 34
millimeters in diameter. It has a mintage limit of 100,000 pieces and
costs $34.95 in Canadian funds.
Another maple-themed coin continues a series of Proof Crystal
Raindrop .9999 fine silver $20 coins, this year depicting the bigleaf
maple (Acer macrophyllum). The bigleaf maple is one of the largest
maple trees, and populates the Pacific Northwest region.
The series dates back to 2008, and all of the coins in the series
are designed by Celia Godkin.
For 2011, the RCM shows the vibrant green leaves from the native
tree, with one of the leaves bent by the weight of a crystal raindrop
(a Swarovski crystal). The flowering cluster extends from the branch.
The leaves, flowers and branch feature an application of color.
The $20 coin weighs 31.39 grams, measures 38 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces. It costs $109.95.
The newest animal honoree in the Wildlife Conservation coin series
marks the anniversary of its rediscovery in Wyoming.
The black-footed ferret graces the fourth coin in the Wildlife
The Specimen gold-plated .925 fine silver $3 coin features an
animal that, until 30 years ago, was thought to be extinct. Then, on
Sept. 26, 1981, a small colony was discovered in Wyoming, and
conservation efforts have slowly strengthened the population worldwide.
The ferret stands alert, with the prairie sun behind it, on the
reverse of the coin, which as with the previous three issues in the
series, was designed by Jason Bouwman.
The square coin measures 27 millimeters in diameter and weighs
11.8 grams. With a mintage limit of 15,000 pieces, it costs $62.95.
While hockey certainly is the national sport of Canada during the
winter months, lacrosse earns the title during summer.
A new kilogram .9999 fine silver $250 coin celebrates a milestone
in Canadian lacrosse history, the 375th anniversary of the first
European observation of lacrosse.
One of the earliest documented references to lacrosse in Canada
came in 1636, when Jesuit missionary Jean de Brebeuf became acquainted
with the game while living among the Hurons people.
Lacrosse (originally called baggataway by the First Nations
people) was more than a game to the natives; they also dubbed it “The
Creator’s Game,” and believed that the Creator invented the game for
His own amusement,” according to the RCM.
Young warriors used it to train, and it was a nonwarring means to
settle tribal disputes.
The game flourishes today in Canada as well as (mostly) along the
East Coast of the United States, though it has made inroads across
America during the past few decades.
At least one dozen players, including three ferociously locked in
combat in the foreground, are engaged in the game on the reverse of
the $250 coin, in a design by Steve Hepburn. Another seven figures are
visible, apparently on the sidelines, in the far background.
Modern teams field 10 players each and attempt to fire a ball into
the opposing team’s net or defend against the attack.
The coin weighs 1,000 grams and measures 101.8 millimeters in
diameter. With a mintage limit of 600 pieces, the coin retails for $2,195.95.
Pricing, ordering details
Prices are listed in Canadian funds.
United States distributors for the RCM carry the various coins at
fixed prices in U.S. dollars. Gatewest Coin Ltd., Brian Jenner Inc.
and Talisman Coins are all official distributors for the RCM.
To contact Gatewest inside the United States, telephone the firm
at (204) 489-9112 or visit it online at www.gatewestcoin.com.
Write to Jenner at P.O. Box 2466-a, Pasco, WA 99302 or telephone
him at (509) 735-2172.
Visit Talisman at its website, at www.talismancoins.com, or
telephone the company at (888) 552-2646 or fax the business at (314)