Of all the mints, the Royal Canadian Mint makes the most use of the subscription model than any other with its multi-coin releases. For some years now they’ve been releasing sets like the O Canada range where you subscribe to a series and somewhere along the line, usually around the second to fourth coin, you will be sent a collectors box to hold them all in. It’s rare for them to last more than a year, with just the odd set taking two years, but there have been exceptions. The superb Lotus Lunar range was available as a subscription and that one will take twelve years to complete. At present, the RCM lists 23 subscription programmes running, although a few of those barely qualify as such, like the two-coin Woolly Mammoth set.

The boxes range from the simple cardboard to the beautiful veneered wooden display box made for the aforementioned Lotus Lunars. There are a pair of new series starting this month, both quite small but looking interesting. RCM’s stalwart O Canada series continue on as well.

MAJESTIC MAPLE LEAVES: O1 OF 3-COIN SET

The maple leaf is a powerful national symbol—one with a distinct and elegant shape that captures much of Canada’s nature—winters that have influenced the way the world views this land and its people; breathtaking autumn colours that have captured the hearts of artists for centuries—but most of all, it symbolizes a land of opportunity to build a new life and enjoy the prosperity of free enterprise.

DESIGN: the coins capture the inspiring elegance of Canada’s national symbol with a beautiful design of a sprig of leaves from the sugar maple, one of ten maple species indigenous to Canada and which is the focal point of Canada’s National Flag. The first coin in the three-coin subscription details maple leaves in pure silver, the second coin includes maples leaves in a red and orange design reminiscent of the autumn season, third and the final coin includes a maple leaf made from a jade stone.

PACKAGING: Each series comes in an elegant wooden collector case, yours free with your subscription.

A five-coin set that adds a platinum coin in November and a gold coin in December is also available.$89.95, but later coins vary up to $299.95.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $20 DOLLARS CND
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER
WEIGHT 31.39 g
DIAMETER 38.00 mm
FINISH PROOF
MINTAGE 8,500
REVERSE DESIGNER PIERRE LEDUC
C.O.A. YES

 

WHITE-TAILED DEER: 01 OF 4-COIN SET

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During the late-November mating season, mature male deer are at their most majestic—their bodies rounded and muscular in anticipation of the coming cold season, their fur thickened against the cold, and their broad necks and heads crowned by a massive rack of antlers. These antlers are a biological wonder. Composed of velvet-covered cartilage that hardens into bone, the antlers of Canada’s white-tailed deerare among the fastest-growing mammal bones on Earth. Following the annual mating season, these bone structures, which are dead by the time they are used to assert dominance in the autumn, will fall off. The buck will grow a new set of antlers the following spring.

DESIGN: The first coin in the subscription features a three-quarter profile portrait of a male white-tailed deer, and is designed to showcase the singular beauty of a mature male white-tailed deer at the height of its strength. This image renders in fine detail the 10-point antler rack, large ears, distinctive eyes and muzzle, and strong neck and back of its subject. The antlers, which will be shed soon after they have reached their peak growth for the year, bear tines that point sharply upward and bend slightly forward. The lighter colouration of its inner ear, eyes, nose, and lower jaw, along with the rippling muscles of its powerful neck and back, are portrayed in dimensional detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers.

PACKAGING: Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box. $99.95

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $20 DOLLARS CND
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER
WEIGHT 31.39 g
DIAMETER 38.00 mm
FINISH PROOF
MINTAGE 7,500
REVERSE DESIGNER DESMOND McCAFFREY
C.O.A. YES, SERIALISED

 

O CANADA 1oz SILVER: 08 OF 10-COIN SET

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The North American continent’s heaviest land animal is Bison bison, known commonly as the American bison. For millennia, the American bison and its ancestor dominated much of central North America, from what is now Alaska, down through the Canadian prairies and American Midwest, as far south as central Mexico and as far east as near the Appalachians of the United States. In the tens of millions, they wandered along ancient feeding routes so well worn that they are still visible from the air today. Many of these routes, particularly in the United States, were eventually used as wagon trails and, later, for railway beds. By the end of the nineteenth century, though, over-hunting and large-scale exterminations by European settlers had reduced bison numbers from more than 60 million to only a few hundred. Concerted conservation efforts throughout the twentieth century helped to bring the numbers of wild bison up in both Canada and the United States. In total, there are estimated to be about 30,000 non-domesticated bison in Canada and the United States today and several hundred thousand raised on ranches.

DESIGN: The reverse design by Canadian artist Trevor Tennant presents a portrait of three adult bison and a bison calf in their natural habitat. On the left in the foreground, the small knob-kneed calf walks calmly beside three adults as they graze with their enormous heads bent to the low grasses of the prairie. The largest adult, furthest from the viewer, has its head slightly raised as though listening and watching for danger. The bison’s shaggy fur and the colour variations between adults and calf are beautifully rendered through masterful engraving and the use of varied finishes.

PACKAGING: The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box. $39.95

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $10 DOLLARS CND
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER
WEIGHT 15.87 g
DIAMETER 34.00 mm
FINISH MATTE PROOF
MINTAGE 40,000
REVERSE DESIGNER TREVOR TENNANT
C.O.A. YES, SERIALISED

 

O CANADA 1/10oz GOLD: 04 OF 4-COIN SET

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The North American continent’s heaviest land animal is Bison bison, known commonly as the American bison. For millennia, the American bison and its ancestor dominated much of central North America, from what is now Alaska, down through the Canadian prairies and American Midwest, as far south as central Mexico and as far east as near the Appalachians of the United States. In the tens of millions, they wandered along ancient feeding routes so well worn that they are still visible from the air today. Many of these routes, particularly in the United States, were eventually used as wagon trails and, later, for railway beds. By the end of the nineteenth century, though, over-hunting and large-scale exterminations by European settlers had reduced bison numbers from more than 60 million to only a few hundred. Concerted conservation efforts throughout the twentieth century helped to bring the numbers of wild bison up in both Canada and the United States. In total, there are estimated to be about 30,000 non-domesticated bison in Canada and the United States today and several hundred thousand raised on ranches.

DESIGN: the coin displays a full-body profile portrait of a bison in its natural habitat. Viewed from its right side with its head and hindquarters arched toward the viewer, a massive American bison bull stands with one hind leg raised in mid-stride. Its shaggy beard, blunt nose, small eye, and upturned horns are presented to stunning effect through the masterful use of varied finishes and engraving. The powerfully muscled, hunched back and fur-lined forelimbs give way to a low sloped hind section ending in a short fringed tail. On the bison’s abdomen we see scars from ancient battles with other bulls and perhaps predators like wolves. The dust seems to rise from beneath the bulky mass of the plains giant as its feet stir the scraggly open grassland.

PACKAGING: The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box. $279.95

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 DOLLARS CND
COMPOSITION 0.9999 GOLD
WEIGHT 3.14 g
DIAMETER 16.00 mm
FINISH PROOF
MINTAGE 4,000
REVERSE DESIGNER TREVOR TENNANT
C.O.A. YES, SERIALISED

 

SEVEN SACRED TEACHINGS: 05 OF 7-COIN SET

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Wisdom is one of the Seven Sacred Teachings that honour the traditional concepts of respect and sharing that are the cornerstones of Aboriginal life. While variations of these teachings do exist throughout North America, this diversity only enriches them and underscores the universality of their wisdom.

DESIGN: carries selective gilding in the centre of the reverse and of the head of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. For some reason the coin hasn’t yet appeared on the RCM webshop.

PACKAGING: The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box. $109.95

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $20 DOLLARS CND
COMPOSITION 0.9999 SILVER & GILDING
WEIGHT 31.83 g
DIAMETER 40.00 mm
FINISH PROOF
MINTAGE 7,000
REVERSE DESIGNER NATHALIE BERTIN
C.O.A. YES, SERIALISED.