After months of trying out new gimmicks and minting techniques, the Royal Canadian Mint has used August to issue a more back-to-basics selection of quite beautiful designs. We do like that the RCM tries new things, but it’s easy to get tired of weird and unusual, and we sometimes yearn for simpler times, as this is a producer that knows its stuff.
To that end, we’re going to look at three new series of wildlife themed coins starting with a three-issue set of gilded 2oz silver coins called Golden Reflections. It was an easy decision to look at this one first. The debut issue of an Orca eyeing up potential prey is an absolutely gorgeous piece of work. The use of the coins circular space, the perspective and the overall composition are, in our view, of the absolute highest order. One of the most attractive nature coins we’ve seen for years.
There are three designs, all by Canadian artist W. Allan Hancock, and although neither of the other two reach this level, they’re both pretty pieces. The first coin comes with a box that holds all three, and this is going to collate into a really fine set. At $200 CAD a pop (although the last of the three is oddly $30 cheaper), they’re not bargain basement, but the RCM has had the sense to issue one every two months instead of monthly. Limited to 2,500 pieces, a surprise hit and proof that classic coin design hasn’t been subsumed by gimmickry at this talented mint.