The bumper release run in June from the most prolific mint around, the Royal Canadian Mint, has seen us split the releases into two posts. Yesterday we dealt with the seven new maple-leaf themed coins and today it’s the final six. There’s a mix of the usual adorned coins, coloured coins, and Asian culture coins, so no big surprises, but a solid enough month regardless.

All are available to order now with prices ranging from $50 to almost $1,000.


Another nice coin in this fine series commemorating the key battles in the First World War in which Canadian troops participated. The selective gilding is expertly applied, especially on the very cool obverse, and the reverse design is full of implied motion.

DESIGN: The reverse design by Canadian artist Silvia Pecota poignantly conveys the bravery and tragedy of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel where on the morning of July 1, 1916, the soldiers of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment participated in the first ground attack of the Somme Offensive. In the foreground, a young soldier advances in formation across No Man’s Land toward enemy lines. The battle-scarred terrain provides little protective cover for the soldiers, who are in full view of the enemy as they contend with the tangle of barbed wire defenses. The intensity of the artillery and machine gun fire that awaited the Newfoundlanders is evident throughout this intricately engraved scene, particularly in the foreground where the soldier assumes a slightly crouched stance while he courageously moves forward with his rifle and bayonet.

In the background, the gnarled appearance of the “Danger Tree” is particularly symbolic as its remnants marked the spot where the Newfoundlanders would face the most intense fire, and where so many of them would fall. Selective gold plating showcases the winged figure of “Victory” as it appeared on the Victory Medal, which was awarded to the allied soldiers of the First World War.

ARTIST: Silvia Pecota

PRICE: $109.95 CND


The eighth coin in this series running since 2009 it’s also the last. Struck in a lotus-shape like the much-admired lunars these are also quite popular we understand.

DESIGN: The reverse features a design by Canadian artists Chris and Rosina Reid in the distinctive artistic style of traditional Chinese paper cutting. The inspiring design centres on a monkey, whose curiosity and energetic ways are the embodiment of the desire to taste the flavours of a full and healthy life. In the monkey’s hand is a peach; this sacred symbol of longevity and immortality is regarded as the divine fruit of gods, and expresses a wish for a long life. The monkey is at the base of a peach tree, which is covered with eight additional peaches and nine peach blossoms—an auspicious number, as the number “9” is associated with royalty and has often been used in ancient Chinese art to convey best wishes and longevity.

Above and to the right of the monkey is a Chinese symbol that conveys the blessing of “health”. The face value “150 DOLLARS”, the year “2016”, the word “CANADA” and the Chinese characters for “CANADA” are all engraved within the outer band that frames the image field. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

ARTIST: Chris and Rosina Reid

PRICE: $988.88


Another of the coloured nature coins that the RCM does well, this series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Birds Convention, a partnership between Canada and the US to protect the populations of migratory birds that fly in the region. A good cause.

DESIGN: The reverse design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo features a beautiful engraved portrait of an American avocet on its approach to a shallow marsh. Against the rolling foothills and the row of cottonwoods in the background, the avocet prepares to land amid the grasses that sway in the tranquil breeze. One of the shorebird’s long legs skims the surface of the water to slow its descent, creating a soft wake in this otherwise tranquil setting. The application of rich colour over the detailed engraving recreates the avocet’s defining characteristics: its dark, upturned bill; its cinnamon-coloured neck; the contrasting black-and-white colours of its back and wings; and the blue-grey legs that allow it to wade gracefully through shallow waters.

ARTIST: Claudio D’Angelo

PRICE: $99.95 CND


This looks a good one as well. The square hole is reminiscent of early Chinese currency and it’s only the second time in the last decade that the mint has done a coin like this. Very nice design, quite like the Perth Mint coin of similar theme.

DESIGN: The reverse design by Canadian artist Charles Vinh features the image of a tiger and a dragon facing one another across the coin’s pierced centre. This central square hole is a traditional motif used in Chinese minting to represent the Earth and the national landmass. Above the hole, the stylized yinyang symbol, created using different finishes, underscores the theme of balance. The
yinyang symbol is surrounded by elemental flames. On the left side of the image, the Tiger, associated in Chinese tradition with the western compass point, shows its back to the viewer as it climbs toward the top of the image. Its face is viewed in profile as it turns its head toward the Dragon on its right.

On the right, the Dragon, associated with the eastern compass point, is presented in profile, facing the Tiger to its left. Its claws are raised and its scale-covered body coils sinuously. The obverse design, also by Charles Vinh, features two elaborately carved phoenixes— fittingly associated with the feminine, the Empress, and the Queen when juxtaposed with the Dragon featured on the reverse of the coin. The phoenixes flank each side of the central square hole, above which is the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The effigy is engraved within a smooth polished circle that is detailed on each side with stylized scrollwork. This scrollwork is continued in elaborate detail on the bottom half of the obverse field.

ARTIST: Charles Vinh

PRICE: $98.88 CND


The second in a four coin set, National Heroes celebrates those that serve and protect the community, a noble theme for sure. The last two coins are due in August and September.

DESIGN: The reverse design by Canadian artist Ken Ryan uses selective colour over detailed engraving in this snapshot of paramedics in action. Engraved in the background is a rear view of an ambulance, its doors open wide just moments after arriving at a hospital’s ambulance bay. In the foreground, vibrant colour highlights the paramedics in their dark uniforms, complete with bright yellow and silver reflective bands just below the knees. Their faces are intent and convey the pressing nature of their important role; they are quick to unload the yellow-coloured stretcher from the ambulance before rushing toward the building, which will allow the patient to receive the continuum of medical care she desperately needs.

ARTIST: Ken Ryan

PRICE: $69.95 CND


Asian-inspired design is the hallmark of this twelve-coin series. Some fine artwork, although I’m not personally a fan of the crystal, even though it is the point of the coin.

DESIGN: The reverse design by Three Degrees Creative Group is both visually compelling and richly symbolic, with a thoughtful melding of traditional and contemporary design elements. In the background, a beautifully engraved lotus pattern fills the reverse in a modern take on the blooms that traditionally symbolize purity of the heart and mind. A majestic, mid-relief dragon is brought to life through intricate engraving that recreates it in extraordinary detail; its presence also carries a strong meaning, as the dragon is a time-honoured symbol of power, strength and good luck in Asian mythology. Above it, a traditional circular motif bears a Swarovski crystal embellishment that represents ruby, the birthstone for July, which is said to bring nobility and beauty to those born in the month. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

ARTIST: Three Degrees Creative Group

PRICE: $49.95 CND




BATTLEFRONT $20 CAD 0.9999 SILVER 31.39 g 38.0 mm PROOF 10,000 YES / YES
BLESSINGS $150 CAD 0.9999 GOLD 10.4 g 22.5 mm PROOF 588 YES / YES
BIRDS $20 CAD 0.9999 SILVER 31.39 g 38.0 mm PROOF 6,500 YES / YES
YIN YANG $8 CAD 0.9999 SILVER 20.86 g 36.0 mm PROOF 6,888 YES / YES
HEROES $15 CAD 0.9999 SILVER 23.17 g 36.07 mm PROOF 10,000 YES / YES
BIRTHSTONES $5 CAD 0.9999 SILVER 7.96 g 27.0 mm PROOF 3,000 YES / YES