September sees another big launch from the Royal Canadian Mint and our first look at this month’s releases encompasses something the RCM is increasingly doing of late; adornments. The Murano glass animal series was a popular one and it seems popular enough to warrant another dabble into the world of glass on numismatics.
The first in a three coin subscription called Under the Sea, the subject this time is the seahorse. Unlike the Stargazing coin in which the borosilicate glass was embedded in the face, this one takes the form of a ‘blob’ attached to the face. I’m not sure it works for me personally, even as clever as the way the glass is formed is. More one for the gift market than a full-on coin collector perhaps. As a subscription it’s a tough one to call as well. The second of the three coins doesn’t ship until next June, with the third next September, which are long gaps between each release, unusual for the RCM. Prices are $151.95 each, reflecting slightly higher prices all round because of movement in the spot price.
Second out of the gate is a new series featuring a metal closely associated with the Austrian Mint, Niobium. Whereas that famous series has a bimetallic look, the niobium in this case is in the form of an adornment. Called Natures Adornment: Dragonfly, a Niobium insect is attached to the coin face. A very stylistic look, the clean-struck background is well done and the whole has appeal. This one is at $148.95.
Last up this post is a more traditional coin for the RCM, a base metal coin with a lenticular design on the front, the third and last in the Haunted Canada range. These seem to have been popular and they are well implemented. The idea behind lenticular is that moving the coin in hand makes the design flick between two different images; a crude form of animation. Other mints have done this as well, most notably the Perth Mint with a pretty cool Charlie Chaplin tribute. At $31.95 it’s one of the more affordable coins this month, although obviously contains no precious metal.