Superman flies again on Canadian coins, and this time, a lot more
collectors will be able to collect him.
The Royal Canadian Mint on Aug. 12 announced a new 2015 silver $20
coin showing the super hero, and the coin is available at face value
this time. It’s part of the RCM’s popular “$20-for-$20” series and,
with a mintage limit of 350,000 pieces, has the highest mintage limit
yet for any coin in the series.
The mintage is also far higher than the mintages for the two popular
Superman collector coin programs from the RCM in 2014 and 2015.
The silver $20 coin’s reverse features an engraved rendering of
Superman in flight. His cape billowing in the wind, the Man of Steel
takes to the sky with a determined facial expression. Fist raised,
Superman is ready for action in this classic pose, complete with the
world-renowned S-shield emblazoned across his chest.
The Specimen Finish $20 coin weighs 7.96 grams and measures 27
millimeters in diameter.
The silver $20 coin flies ahead of a new DC Comics Originals series
of commemorative coins of another denomination.
The DC Comics Originals series has a classic, slightly retro style,
recalling the look most comic book fans grew up with and remember
fondly, according to the RCM. The Originals series coins are issued as
Matte Proof .9999 fine silver $10 coins.
The reverses of these coins are meant to mimic a comic book splash
page, according to the RCM. A splash page is a large drawing, often
full-page, that introduces a new story.
The first coin, issued under the Gauntlet title, is due for release
On this next coin, the Man of Steel faces off against his foes:
Superman’s greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor, is at the far right in his
battle suit; Phantom Zone criminals General Zod, Faora and Quex-Ul are
above Lex Luthor in an attack position; and a robotic Brainiac flies
alongside the diminutive Mister Mxyzptlk to complete the horde.
Laser engraving technology for the villains recreates the look of
inked comic book art, the RCM said.
The second coin, dubbed Strength, is scheduled for release Oct. 6.
and honors Supergirl.
The “Girl of Steel” stands cheerfully, hands on hips, veiling her
true power and a strength that rivals Superman’s. To her right is a
lasered retrospective of Supergirl’s history, including her alternate
costume from the early 1980s, complete with headband.
A third coin, also showing Supergirl, is due for release Nov. 3.
In addition to a colorful Supergirl, this coin includes laser
engraved images of Batgirl and Wonder Girl. The trio of confident
superheroes is depicted each in her recognizable costume, ready to act
united in battle against evil!
The final coin, scheduled for release, Dec. 1, shows Superman
flanked by those who helped forge his legacy.
The Man of Tomorrow stands in the center in a calm yet powerful
stance; at the bottom on either side are scenes from his infancy, with
the Els (his birth parents) to the right and the Kents (his Earth
foster parents) to the left. Also found to his left are his friend and
longtime love interest Lois Lane, and friend and closest ally, Batman.
On Superman’s right are his pal Jimmy Olsen and Wonder Woman, whose
strength and power often rival his own.
These coins each weigh 15.87 grams and measure 34 millimeters in diameter.
Each coin has a mintage limit of 30,000 pieces and each has an issue
price of $54.95 Canadian.
To learn more about the coins, or order them as they become
available, visit the RCM website.
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