Father And Child Fishing Wins Coin Of The Year Award

Royal Canadian Mint Portrayal Of Father And Child Fishing Wins Coin Of The Year Award For “Most Inspirational Coin”

Ottawa, Ontario, November 18, 2014 — The Royal Canadian Mint is honoured that its 2013-dated $3 Fine Silver Coin – Fishing won the Most Inspirational category of the 2015 Krause Publications Coin of the Yearawards.  This award places the Mint in the running for the overall Coin of the Year prize which will be announced on January 31, 2015 at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.

“The Royal Canadian Mint takes great pride in designing coins with Canadian-inspired themes which resonate with a wide variety of customers,” said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Winning the Coin of the Year award in the Most Inspirational Coin category is yet another prized recognition of our efforts to produce collector coins which are as memorable for their meaning as they are for their craftsmanship.

Designed by Canadian artist John Mantha, this 99.99% pure silver coin depicts an idyllic scene of a father and child sitting on a dock with their fishing line bobbing in the water as they and their loyal dog calmly wait for the fish to bite. This iconic vision of Canadian summers is brought into beautiful contrast by the delicate frosting of the central design over a mirror-like proof background.

The annual Coin of the Year competition receives nominations from an international consortium of mint representatives and numismatists. The judging is conducted by an international panel of the world’s leading mint officials, medalists, journalists, central bank and museum officials.

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 company, 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.

About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows, including the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as www.NumisMaster.com, and the online coin price database.

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For more information, please contact:

Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
(613) 949-5777
reeves@mint.ca

Sold-Out Bald Eagle Silver Bullion Coin

Royal Canadian Mint Ends 2014 With Sold-Out Bald Eagle Silver Bullion Coin And Security-Enhanced Gold Maple Leaf

Ottawa, Ontario – December 16, 2014 – As it continues to experience robust demand for its silver bullion products, the Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to announce the sell-out of all one million of the Royal Canadian Mint’s Bald Eagle coins, from the new Canadian Birds of Prey 99.99% pure silver bullion coin series.  The Mint is also demonstrating its sustained leadership of the gold bullion coin market by introducing a dramatic security enhancement to its 2015 Gold Maple Leaf (GML) bullion coin.

“While our flagship Silver Maple Leaf bullion product continues to elicit strong customer interest, the rapid sell-out of one millionBald Eagle silver bullion coins is compelling evidence of the popular appeal of our Canadian Birds of Prey silver bullion program, of which the final two coins will be launched in 2015,” said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “The Mint also looks forward to strengthening its leadership of the gold bullion coin market in the coming year by introducing a dramatic radial line finish on its 2015 Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins, which is sure to make them stand out as both the purest and securest gold bullion coins in the world.”

Since recently adding a micro-engraved laser mark to the GML, the Mint has replaced the coin’s traditional bullion finish for 2015 with an eye-catching array of precisely machined lines radiating from the coin’s central maple leaf design at a width and pitch which creates a light-diffracting pattern.  This same complex finish has also been applied to the Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin since 2014. The combination of this unique feature with a laser micro-engraving of a textured maple leaf incorporating the numeral “15” to denote the coin’s year of issue, firmly places the GML at the pinnacle of gold bullion coin security, in addition to being the world’s first 99.99% pure gold bullion coin.

The 2015 Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin is now available throughout the Mint’s network of official bullion distributors.  The third coin in the Canadian Bird of Prey silver bullion series will be unveiled at the end of January 2015 at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.

In keeping with a distribution model common to the world’s major issuers of bullion coins, the Mint does not sell bullion directly to the public.  Interested buyers are encouraged to contact a reputable bullion dealer to order Royal Canadian Mint bullion coins.

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 company, 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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For more information, please contact:
Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
(613) 949-5777
reeves@mint.ca

“Call of the Wild” Bullion Coin Series

Royal Canadian Mint Launches New Coins in Popular Silver “Birds of Prey” and 99999 Pure Gold “Call of the Wild” Bullion Coin Series

Ottawa, Ontario – January 30, 2015 – As its limited-edition bullion coin series continue to grow in popularity, the Royal Canadian Mint launched the “Red-Tailed Hawk” from its Canadian Birds of Prey 1 oz., 99.99% pure silver bullion coin series, and the second release of its Call of the Wild 1 oz., 99.999% pure gold bullion coins series, featuring the “Growling Cougar”.  These coins were unveiled at the World Money Fair, the premier gathering of the global minting industry, held annually in Berlin, Germany.  These coins will start shipping to the Mint’s network of official distributors the week of February 2, 2015.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is very proud to stand out as a diverse and innovative player in the bullion industry with products that create excitement among precious metal investors and collectors around the world,” said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  “We are pleased that our new “Red-Tailed Hawk” pure silver and our “Growling Cougar” 5-9s gold bullion coins are answering sustained demand for the quality, purity and originality that are the hallmarks of the Royal Canadian Mint.”

The Mint’s 2015-dated, “Growling Cougar” 99.999% pure gold bullion coin is the second in the Call of the Wild three-coin series which will conclude in 2016. Its $200 denomination represents the highest value legal tender among the world’s 1 oz. gold bullion coins. Incorporating the Mint’s exclusive micro-engraved visible security feature, the reverse of this new coin is designed by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc, who has boldly illustrated a menacing cougar backed by lines representing the sound waves of his unmistakable growl. This new gold bullion coin is presented in richly designed credit card-style packaging and will be produced to demand.

The 2015-dated “Red-Tailed Hawk” is the third instalment of the Mint’s four-coin, 1 oz., 99.99% pure silver bullion Canadian Birds of Prey series.  Its reverse design features a vivid illustration of an agile airborne predator by acclaimed Canadian coin designer and nature illustrator Emily Damstra.  Coins from this new silver bullion series will be produced to a maximum mintage of one million.

In keeping with a distribution model common to the world’s major issuers of bullion coins, the Mint does not sell bullion directly to the public.  Interested buyers are encouraged to contact a reputable bullion dealer to order these new gold and silver bullion coins. 

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 company, 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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For more information, please contact:

Alex Reeves
Senior Manager, Communications
(613) 949-5777
reeves@mint.ca

Coins released for Centenary of Rugby League

The 2008 NRL Telstra Premiership season kicked off last night in Sydney. The Royal Australian Mint has joined in the celebrations by releasing an exciting range of official licensed Rugby League centenary collector coins.

“Rugby League holds an important place in the Australian and international sporting history.” said Ms Janine Murphy, Chief Executive Officer Royal Australian Mint.

“Whether you are a player, or a spectator, Rugby League is one of Australia’s favourite sports and we are thrilled to mark this centenary through the release of specially designed coins” said Ms Murphy.

The Centenary of Rugby League coin series includes:

  • 2008 $10 Gold Proof Coin, which salutes the past featuring the historical letter ‘A’ as worn on players’ jerseys during the first decade of the code;
  • 2008 $5 Fine Silver Proof coin, which celebrates the present, featuring an image of a dynamic cover tackle; and
  • 2008 $1 Uncirculated Coin which inspires the future, featuring the Centenary of Rugby League logo.

“We anticipate that these official collector coins will be very popular with our customers and will become valued keep-sakes for the Australian and international rugby league community” said Ms Murphy.

You can purchase these coins by visiting www.ramint.gov.au, calling 1300 652 020 or visiting the Mint premises in Deakin ACT. Most Australia Post outlets also stock these official coins.

Take Your Pick of Enticing New Collector Coins as Royal Canadian Mint Launches Second Product Release of 2009

Ottawa, Ontario, April 15, 2009 – Today, the Royal Canadian Mint launched a string of new products which will once more strike a chord with coin collectors and gift givers looking for unique and finely crafted coins. A new triangle-shaped coin, honouring Canada’s Six String Nation Guitar, fronts a host of new entries from popular series such as Dinosaurs, Provincial Flowers, the 1/25th ounce pure gold coin, Playing Card Money and Ultra-High Relief Royal Effigies. The return of the classic 50-cent circulation coin roll and a new limited-edition 25-cent coin honouring Quebec’s Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay landmark complete the bill.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to pay tribute to compelling symbols of Canadian identity which speak to Canada’s heritage, culture and values through collector coins which routinely stand out as among the world’s best,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “The newest collector coins of 2009 continue to express the Mint’s passion for quality and innovation which attract coin collectors from across Canada and around the world”.
The following are descriptions of the new products being introduced.

2009 50-CENT TRIANGLE COIN – SIX STRING NATION GUITAR
The dreams of Canadian broadcaster Jowi Taylor are reborn in the Mint’s newest triangular 50-cent coin honouring the all-Canadian Six String Nation Guitar. This coin’s intriguing resemblance to a guitar pick makes it an ideal backdrop against which the story of this unique Canadian symbol can be shared and preserved from coast to coast. Mr. Taylor’s vision took shape in 1995 when he undertook to build an object made from pieces of artefacts collected from all over Canada. He settled on the idea of making a guitar after a chance meeting with luthier George Rizsanyi.

After 10 years of collecting rare objects such as pieces of Maurice Richard’s Stanley Cup Ring, Pierre Trudeau’s canoe paddle and the deck of the Bluenose II, this unique creation made its debut in Ottawa on Canada Day 2006, where it was played by several acclaimed Canadian artists performing at the Parliament Hill celebrations.

The reverse of the nickel-plated steel coin features a hologram insert which vividly depicts the vibrating strings of the Six String Nation Guitar. The coin is enclosed in a folder recounting the intricate tale of one of Canada’s newest national treasures. Limited to a mintage of 30,000, the Six String Nation Guitar coin is available for $34.95 CDN.

2009 DINOSAUR COLLECTION – TYRANNOSAURUS REX
The selectively oxidized Dinosaur Collection four-coin series continues with its third installment: the 2009 $4 Silver Tyrannosaurus Rex Coin. To celebrate Canada’s reputation as a world-class source of dinosaur fossils, the “king” of the dinosaurs is showcased in striking realism on this innovative pure silver coin. Only 20,000 coins, with a suggested retail price of $42.95 CDN, are available world-wide.

2009 $350 PURE GOLD COIN – PITCHER PLANT
The 12th in a series started in 1998, Newfoundland and Labrador’s official flower, the Pitcher Plant, is the subject of the Mint’s 2009 $350 pure gold coin. This newest edition to Canadian floral emblems is honoured in the finest numismatic gold coin in the world, made of 99.999% pure gold. The reverse of this exquisite coin was designed by Newfoundland resident and renowned botanical artist Julie Wilson.  Limited to a worldwide mintage of 1,400, this coin retails for $2,149.95 CDN.

2009 VIGNETTES OF ROYALTY COIN SERIES – $15 STERLING SILVER KING GEORGE VI
The continuation of the Royal Canadian Mint’s ultra-high relief “double effigy” silver coins features King George VI, Canada’s sovereign from 1936 to 1952. The next and final issue from this five-coin series will showcase Queen Elizabeth II. This design, as well as all others appearing in this series was approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Bearing a $15 denomination, this visually impressive, frosted effigy is set against a proof field. These coins were struck four times and hand polished in order to achieve their dramatic appearance.  Limited to a world-wide mintage of 10,000, this coin retails for $104.95 CDN.

2009 $15 PLAYING CARD MONEY SERIES – TEN of Spades
A new card has been cut from the deck as the third issue of the Royal Canadian Mint’s new Playing Card Money silver coin series features the $15 Ten of Spades. This rectangular-shaped coin evokes an unusual period in early Canadian history when the Governor of New France resolved a shortage of hard currency by seizing all playing cards in the colony and re-issuing all cards bearing his signature as currency. This unique form of currency is revived in a beautifully painted sterling silver coin designed from artwork preserved by Library and Archives Canada and featuring a selectively gold-plated rim.

Appealing to coin collectors and avid card players alike, only 25,000 of these finely crafted coins are available world-wide, each retailing for $94.95 CDN.

2009 1/25 OZ GOLD COIN – RED MAPLE
The smallest gold coin ever produced by the Mint is also the most affordable to be purely made of this increasingly precious metal. For 2009, the 1/25 oz 99.99% pure gold coin is dedicated to the Red Maple, the most abundant and widespread tree in eastern Canada, ranging from southern Newfoundland to south eastern Manitoba. This coin is limited to a world-wide mintage of 15,000 and retails for $99.95 CDN.

2009 25-CENT COIN – NOTRE-DAME-DU-SAGUENAY
In 2009, the 35 mm-diameter 25-cent nickel-plated steel coin shifts to a striking landmark perched on the dramatic cliffs overlooking Quebec’s world-famous Saguenay Fjord. The 10.5-metre, three-ton statue of Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, designed by Louis Jobin, was erected in 1881 and has since become a regional emblem, watching over sailors and ship’s passengers for more than 125 years. This coin is available for $14.95 CDN, while supplies last.

Two other popular issues are making their return in 2009: the 25-cent coloured Canada Day coin and the 2009 edition of the 50-cent piece in a commemorative paper wrap roll. Retailing for $ 14.95 CDN, the Canada Day coin features Churchill the Polar Bear with his loon, beaver and caribou friends in a package including a postcard and magnetic picture frame. The 2009 50-cent coin roll is limited to 6,000 rolls and retails for $19.95 CDN.

All of the Mint’s products are available directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at www.mint.ca. The coins are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors.

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 9001-2000 certified company, 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. The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets.  Visit www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.

Images and product details of the Mint’s newest collection are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.

For more information, please contact:
Alex Reeves
Manager, Communications
Telephone: (613) 949-5777
Mobile: (613) 884-6370
reeves@mint.ca

Historical coin release 400 years in the making

The Treasurer, the Hon. Mr. Peter Costello and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, The Hon. Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende have launched a set of commemorative coins marking the 400th anniversary of the Dutch Ship Duyfken’s voyage of discovery , which resulted in the first recorded map of a southern continent which came to be known as Terra Australis and later Australia.

The joint coin issue between Australia and The Netherlands is a rare release and a pleasing symbol of the historical links between the two countries.

The Australian coins will be minted at Australia’s national mint, the Royal Australian Mint, in Canberra. Following an eighteen month collaborative effort between the Royal Australian Mint and the Royal Dutch Mint.

“Australia is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with The Netherlands on such a symbolic project, especially one of such historical significance that recognises the 400 year relationship between the Netherlands and Australia.” said Mr Costello.

The Hon Dr Balkenende said, “The launch of the coins to mark the arrival of the Duyfken to Australia’s shore is part of is a year of events and celebrations to mark both this occasion and the strong links between the Dutch and Australians. The release of the coins symbolises the association between these two countries and friends.”

The Dutch and Australian coins were both released on March 29th and contain a special addition- the silver Australian coins will carry the prestigious Mint Mark from the Royal Netherlands Mint.

The Royal Australian Mint has produced three collector coins in the program, including a gold coin; a silver coin and general collectable coin. The Royal Netherlands Mint has produced two collector coins in their program, including a gold coin and a silver coin. The sets are packaged in an impressive wooden case with numbered certificate.

The Duyfken was captained by Williem Janszoon and his discovery and mapping of the north west coast of Cape York in 1606, was the first authenticated European discovery of ‘Australia’.

For more information about the Duyfken coin range, or to make a purchase please visit www.ramint.gov.au, or contact our Call Centre on 1300 652 020.

Precious Metals Reconciliation

An unprecedented demand for gold in 2008 has led to an unreconciled difference between the Royal Canadian Mint’s financial statements and the physical count of precious metals. As a result, the Mint is conducting an extensive review of its accounting and other transactional entries through an audit by an external auditor. Once finalized, the findings of the report will be made public on this website.

In order to pursue all possible avenues of review in a timely fashion, the Government of Canada requested that the Mint request an RCMP investigation. The Mint has contacted the RCMP and will fully cooperate with authorities.

Please rest assured that the Mint will continue to provide its customers with the same high quality products and services that it has always delivered.

Contractor Selected For Royal Australian Mint Refurbishment

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Chris   Pearce MP , and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration Senator  Richard   Colbeck , announced today that St Hilliers Contracting Pty Ltd had been selected as the Managing Contractor for the refurbishment of the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) in Canberra .

St Hilliers Contracting Pty Ltd presented the strongest Managing Contractor tender for the refurbishment of the Mint,” Senator  Colbeck said.

“The Royal Australian Mint Refurbishment is a comprehensive project to keep the Mint up to date with occupational health and safety and building code compliance requirements. The Department of Finance and Administration, the Mint and the Federal Safety Commissioner are working together to ensure the project will meet occupational health and safety standards.

“The appointment of St Hilliers Contracting Pty Ltd as the Managing Contractor completes the team for the refurbishment project. St Hillers and Project Manager Connell Wagner Pty Ltd will now work together to refurbish the Mint to ensure the continued economic viability of this landmark building, and compliance with government accommodation standards,” Senator  Colbeck added.

Mr Pearce said the Australian Government committed to fund the refurbishment of the Mint in the 2005-06 Budget.

“The Mint has not had any major upgrade works undertaken since it was built in 1965. As a major tourist destination attracting around 200,000 visitors each year, the refurbishment will provide for a contemporary museum and gallery space, comparable to other national institutions,” Mr Pearce said.

“Consolidation of the Mint’s operations into the Process   Building will provide a unique opportunity to put in place more efficient and secure production processes, along with commercial grade quality office space,” added Mr   Pearce .

The refurbishment works are being managed by Finance. In March 2006 Finance issued a national Request for Tender for the Managing Contractor and as a result St Hilliers Contracting Pty Ltd was selected following this national single-stage tender process.

CANBERRA

3 September 2006

Media Contacts:
Chris Pearce’s Office: Gillian Harvey – (03) 9887 3890 or 0411 567 060
Senator Colbeck’s Office: Aaron Oldaker – (03) 6424 5960 or 0408 826 330