Coverage of another bumper release run from the Royal Canadian Mint continues with a look at coins marking events important to Canadians. The big event is next years huge anniversary; 150 years since Canada was confederated in the British North America Act. As you probably guessed, the maple leaf is the symbolic subject of choice and it manifests in a four gold coin set, all of which have some selective platinum plating. All four have platinum plated rims, with the largest coin (1 oz) having the maple leaf picked out as well. It’s a little hard to get excited about more maples, but these are a touch different and the packaging is cool. Priced at $3,999.95.
More Maple Leaf coins next, this time in silver but with another difference. Sold as a set of four, each 11.85 g coin is square, but when laid together form a single image. It’s quite a nice idea and the set looks good. It’s up for $204.95 and comes in a larger version of the mints usual burgundy snapper case.
Next up are a pair of coins commemorating the Indian festival of Diwali. The RCM has released Diwali coins before and these are fine designs. The silver has the edge for us, but both should have great appeal for followers of the festival. They’re almost like simpler, more affordable versions of the Art Mints superb Mandala coins. The silver is $91.95, and the beautifully boxed one-ounce gold is $2799.95.
Last up is the latest birthstone coin. We’ve found it hard to get excited about these, but they are very much for the gift market so we’re perhaps being unfair. The design is nice enough, but every month it remains the same with the exception of the embedded Swarovski crystal. Last months was blue to represent blue sapphire, this month green, representing opal. Price remains at $49.95.
All the coins below are available to order now from the Royal Canadian Mints website, or from their numerous dealers worldwide, all of whom will be much more eager to sell to people outside the US and Canada.