Monday, 5 August 2013

Silver Polar Bear Coin

Silver Polar Bear Coin

 
The Canadian silver polar bear coin which was released back in 2012 and which has been a very popular hit with collectors and investors, this unique 1.5oz silver bullion coin was released by the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM). When this silver coin was originally released towards the end of 2012 it became a instant hit due to the fact that this was the first 1.5oz silver bullion coin released by the Mint, making it nearly as popular as the silver maple leaf. Canadian silver coins are very popular products on the market today with so many different types of coins that can be bought by collectors. The polar bear silver coin can be bought from any good bullion dealer and not directly from the mint itself.
 

The 1/4oz Gold Polar Bear

The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) has released a 1/4oz Gold Polar Bear Coin, these gold bullion coins have the very same design as the 1.5 oz silver bullion coins.  These gold bullion coins can be bought from any good bullion dealer.
 
 

silver polar bear coin

 

Silver Polar Bear Specifications

Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Weight: 46.65 grams
Diameter: 38 mm
Composition: .9999 silver
Authorized Mintage: ?
Issue Date: 2012


Gold Polar Bear Coin Specifications
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Weight: 1/4 oz
Composition: .9999 Gold Bullion
Authorized Mintage: ?
Issued Date: 2013

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The Silver Maple Leaf Coin

Silver Maple Leaf

The Silver Maple Leaf


The silver maple leaf is the Canadian Mints most popular silver bullion product to date; minted annually since 1988 these coins are highly collectable. Its appearance was brought about through the popularity of the gold maple leaf coins which appeared several years earlier and proved to be a favorite among collectors and investors. Each silver bullion coin is 1 troy oz or 31.1 grams in weight, the coins silver purity is 99.99% which is the highest of any silver bullion coin on the market today. The $5 face value is the largest face value shown on any comparable silver bullion coin in the world. There have been several notable issues released over the life of this bullion coin series; in 1998 a 10oz version of the silver maple leaf was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the minting of the first bullion coin. There have been many annual variations of the maple leaf, these have included a silver proof releases in 1989 only, there have also been many variations of privy marked bullion coins released to many to mention here. Coloured maples with maple design different from the regular silver maple leaf coins, there have been holographic coins and several differing designs, such as a 2009 issued coins commemorating the 2010 Winter Olympics (3 different coins in total).

A problem that many Canadian silver maple Leaf coins have is problem called milk spot, this happens when a cleaning detergent is still left on the coin when the coin goes into the annealing furnace to be baked. When this happens the detergent gets baked into the coin itself and leaves a spot that cannot be easily removed. The marks left have a milky white appearance giving the name milk spot. This problem has become a pain for a lot of collectors, it can be a very hit or miss problem as this does not affect all maple leaf coins.

The Observe Design of the Maple Leaf


The observe of the silver maple leaf features the profile of Queen Elizabeth II, there have been a total of three differing profiles of Queen Elizabeth to date, a young head version, an old head version, and an older head version. Each maple coin is struck with a face value of $5 and also shows the inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, 5 DOLLARS and the year of minting on the obverse.
 (Tiara Portrait) 1988-1989. Designers Arnold Machin & Walter Ott.
(Royal Diadem Portrait) 1990-2003. Designer Dora de Perdery Hunt.(Uncrowned Portrait) 2004-Present.  Designers Susanna Blunt & Susan Taylor.

The Reverse Design of the Maple Leaf

The reverse of these silver bullion coins have always features the iconic maple leaf design which is the national symbol of Canada , and the phrase "Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur" along the bottom of each coin.
(Maple Leaf Portrait) 1988-2009. Designer Walter Ott.

 

 

Silver Maple Leaf Specifications

Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Weight: 31.10 grams
Diameter: 38 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .9999 Silver

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Final Canadian Wildlife Series Coin Released

Canadian Wildlife Series

The Canadian Wood Bison


The sixth and final silver bullion coin in the Canadian Wildlife Series has been released by the Royal Canadian Mint (RMC), this final bullion coin release will have the Canadian Wood Bison (Buffalo). This final silver bullion coin completes a excellent series of six coins, all of which have been released as 1oz .9999 fine silver bullion coins. The Canadian Wood Bison just like the previous five coins will have a mintage release of up to 1,000,000 silver bullion coins if there is a demand, these bullion coins can be bought in tubes of 25 from all good dealers.

The five previous coins in the series have been the Timberwolf, Grizzly Bear, Cougar, Moose and the Pronghorn Antelope, and now the Canadian Wood Bison completes the series. The first coin in the Canadian wildlife series was released in 2010 with the Timberwolf, and closely followed by the Grizzly Bear in that year, in 2011 the next two coins the Cougar and the Moose were released to the public, then in 2012 the Pronghorn Antelope and Wood Bison finished of the series.

The Reverse Design of the Wood Bison Coin

The reverse of the Canadian Wildlife Series of silver bullion coins features the six iconic Canadian animals Timberwolf, Grizzly Bear, Cougar, Moose and the Pronghorn Antelope, and finally the Wood Bison. The phrase "Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur" along the bottom of each coin.

The Observe Designs of the Wood Bison Coin

The obverse of each coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created in 2003 by Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt.



Canadian Wildlife Series Specifications

Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Weight: 31.12 grams
Diameter: 38 mm
Composition: .9999 silver
Authorized Mintage: 1 Million Of Each
Issue Date: 2011-2013





Sunday, 18 November 2012

Canadian Birthstone Coin Series

Canadian Silver Coins

Canadian Birthstone Coins


The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) has issued this series of 12 beautiful silver proof coins with gem-toned Swaravski crystals embedded in each coin, each silver proof coin has a denomination of 3 dollars and weighs in at 7,96 grams (1/4 oz) of pure silver .9999 and issued as a silver proof coin. All 12 silver proof coins can be bought as individual cased coins with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, or in a 12 coin set which has been produced with each induvidual coin complete with a individually numbered certificate of authenticity. A total of only 200 of these 12 coin  Canadian Birthstone sets will be minted making these sets very collectable in the near future.

Swarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, Austria (near Z├╝rich, Switzerland).




Each Birthstone by Month





Silver Birthstone Coins Specifications

Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Weight: 7.96 grams
Diameter: 27 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .9999 Silver


 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Silver Tasmainian Devil Proof Coin

Australian Silver Coins

Silver Tasmanian Devil Proof Coin



The Perth Mint has released the third silver bullion proof coin in the series Endangered and Extinct, this third coin will feature the Tasmanian Devil. The Tasmanian Devil is the worlds largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is only found in Australia. The Tasmania Devil has a thick-set, squat build, with black fur and a large broad head and short thick tail. Today this incredible creature is wholly protected and is considered a Tasmanian icon.

 The coin reverse portrays the magnificent Tasmanian Devil in colour and the background comprises of representations of fern leaves and a rocky den. No more than 5,000 of these coins will be minted by the Perth Mint, each coin is minted from .999 fine silver bullion in a proof finish. Each coin is housed in a high gloss wooden case and illustrated shipper, each coin has individual numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Other coins in the series are the Tasmanian Tiger and the Wedgedtailed Eagle.





Silver Tasmanian Coin Specifications

Mint: Perth Mint
Weight: 31.135 grams
Diameter: 40.6 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .999 Silver

Mintage: 5,000



Monday, 21 May 2012

Marilyn Monroe Silver Proof 1oz Coin


Australian Silver CoinsMarilyn Monroe Silver Proof


Marilyn Monroe is the subject of this special silver commemorative, which is sure to captivate her many fans, Monroe (1926–1962) was born Norma Jeane Mortenson but was baptized Norma Jeane Baker. She was an American actress and model who graced the screen with her luminous beauty, considered by many as the epitome of the blond bombshell, Monroe began her career as a model which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor but by 1959 she had attained several leading roles and was being hailed by critics. In her relatively short career she won both a BAFTA award 1957 and a Golden Globe award 1959.

The coins reverse depicts a photographic image of Marilyn Monroe set against a background of film and stars, the design also includes The Perth Mints P mintmark and a representation of Marilyn’s signature. Each coin is minted to a proof bullion quality in .999 silver, the Perth Mint will release no more than 12,500 of these coins, each coin is housed in a classic presentation display case with a illustrated themed shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Marilyn Monroe Coin Specifications

Mint: Perth Mint
Weight: 31.135 grams
Diameter: 40.6 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .999 Silver

Mintage: 12,500


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Silver Proof Red Welsh Dragon

Perth Mint CoinsSilver Proof Red Welsh Dragon 2012


This is the first release in a new series of silver proof bullion coins that have been released by the Perth Mint Called the Dragons Of Legend, this first coin features the Red Welsh Dragon. The red dragon emblem was most likely introduced into Britain by the Romans, accounts suggest that when the legions departed, Welsh Britons under the red dragon fought the Saxon invaders. History tells us that Welsh born future king Henry VII flew a red dragon standard during the Wars of the Roses, and that it subsequently appeared in the Tudor Royal Arms. After centuries of powerful association the red dragon or Y Ddraig Goch became the official symbol of Wales in 1901 and since 1959 it has adorned the nations national flag. No more than 5,000 of these silver bullion coins will be minted by the Australian Perth Mint, each silver coin will be struck from .999 fine silver in proof quality. The coins reverse portrays a red coloured dragon amid dramatic mountain scenery, included on the reverse of the coin are the words RED WELSH DRAGON.These coins are housed in a black presentation case and illustrated shipper, each released coin will be accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Forthcoming future Releases will be the Chinese Dragon, St. George Dragon, Bulgarian Three Headed Dragon and the European Green Dragon.



Welsh Dragon Coin Specifications

Mint: Perth Mint
Weight: 31.135 grams
Diameter: 40.6 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .999 Silver

Mintage: 5,000

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Discover Australia Series 2012 Released


Discover Australia Series 2012


The Discover Australia 2012 silver bullion coin series is the current release in the prestigious Discover Australia Coin Program, which depicts iconic aspects of Australian landscape, animals and culture. The series comprises of five 1oz silver bullion proof coins and struck by the Perth Mint. Each of the coins are housed in presentation packaging comprising a display case with a timber lid and a superbly illustrated box shipper, each coin set is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. No more than 7,500 of these silver bullion coin sets will be released by the Perth Mint. The five coins in the series are the green and gold bell frog, the red kangaroo, the kookaburra, the goanna lizard and the whale shark. Each of the coins bears the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side and a coloured image if depicting one of Australia's iconic  animals.



Discover Australia Coin Specifications

Mint: Perth Mint
Weight: 31.135 grams
Diameter: 40.6 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .999 Silver

Mintage: 7,500

Monday, 23 January 2012

2012 Silver Koala Released

Australian Silver Koala2012 Silver Koala


The 2012 Silver Koala bullion coin has been released by the Australian Perth Mint, this is the fifth coin in the koala coin series to be released. There will be approximately 100,000 coins minted for the run of this popular series of silver bullion coins. The koala was first released in 2007 and is available in various sizes for the collector, this years koala design shows the koala clinging to a tree branch whilst asleep.

Each of the designs released is minted from .999 pure fine silver and is available in a variety of sizes from the ½oz, 1oz, 10oz and 1kilo. The coin denominations for each of the sizes are 50cents $1, $10 and $30 respectively, there are also gilded koala coins and proof versions minted for collectors.




Silver Koala Coin Specifications

Mint: Perth Mint
Weight: 31.135 grams
Diameter: 40.6 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .999 Silver

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

New Silver Bullion Cougar Coin

Canadian Wildlife SeriesSilver Cougar Coin


This newly released third coin instalment of the widely popular Canadian Wildlife Series has been released by the Royal Canadian Mint (RMC). This third coin will portray the cougar as the centrepiece of this silver bullion coin. This will be the third coin in a six coin series, which will comprise of the timber-wolf, grizzly bear, cougar, moose, pronghorn antelope and finally the woodland bison. Just like the previous releases there will be approximately 1,000,000 of the bullion coins released for investors or collectors. The cougar design has been engraved by Canadian Mint engraver William Woodruff, this design portrays a Canadian cougar with its front paws grasped on a fallen tree limb baring its large teeth to the world. The obverse design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is by Susanna Blunt.




Canadian Wildlife Series  Specifications

Mint: Canadian Mint
Weight: 31.1 grams
Diameter: 38 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: .9999 Silver