Cool, Curious & Commemorative: New Coin Releases from the Canadian Mint

We’re in the homestretch to the end of 2023. As the leaves are falling and we start thinking about the holiday season, it’s a great time to check out the latest releases from the Canadian Mint. 

And there’s good news for numismatists: This year’s crop yields some particularly stunning coins, ranging from the commemorative to the celebratory, and from Canada’s iconic animals to its extraordinary people. And there’s a few cool and unusual options, too. (UFO fan? The Mint has you covered!)

Here are a few highlights

100th anniversary of the birth of Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle

To celebrate the birthday of the globally-renowned Quebec sculptor and painter, the Mint has released several striking coins: a gorgeous pure gold piece and rolls of $2 coins. The design is a representation of Riopelle’s final work, the magnificent 10-metre long fresco L’Hommage à Rosa Luxemburg. Another of his famous works, the bronze sculpture Petit hibou, has been rendered in Extraordinary High Relief (EHR) on a dazzling pure gold coin ($7,499.95) with a mirror-like finish. 

[Read our blog: Colourful new coin celebrates Canada’s rich Indigenous cultural heritage]

Hexagon Coin with Crystal-Snowflake

Crafted in the shape of a snow crystal, this is the Mint’s first ever hexagon coin. In the centre of a perfectly etched stellar dendrite (“tree-like”) snowflake sits a clear glittering crystal. If you look closely at the snowflake’s branches, you’ll see that each is slightly different, just like real-life ice crystals. This sparkling $20 pure silver piece is one of four holiday-themed coin options on offer this year. Great for early gift giving!

Canada’s Unexplained Phenomena: The Duncan Incident

This isn’t the Mint’s first coin to commemorate UFOs in Canada — it’s actually the 6th. Crafted from pure silver, this 2023 release marks the unexplained sighting of a spacecraft observed from a West Coast hospital on January 1, 1970. The mysterious incident is reimagined in black light paint technology on a rectangular-shaped 1 oz. pure silver coin. The black light flashlight reveals a more realistic view of the famed flying saucer.

[Read our blog: Crystal Eye of Nunavik: Celebrating a mysterious meteor impact with an interactive coin]

Filigree Bee

With a delicate and intricate design, this $5 fine silver coin provides a vibrant “bees-eye” view of the world. Surrounded by hexagonal filigree, the centre — also hexagonal — has a hologram effect on one side and a golden honey bee, hand-painted in golden enamel, on the reverse. The 2 oz. Filigree Bee comes packaged in a “bee-autiful” presentation box, too.

With over twenty new coins on offer this year, the Mint has something for every collector. 

Here is a full list of new releases:

1 oz. Pure Silver Coin – Remembrance Day (mintage: 7,500)

5 oz. Pure Silver Coin – Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign (mintage: 2,250)

$1 Pure Silver Coin – Tribute: W Mint Mark – Loon (mintage: 7,500)

¼ oz. Pure Silver Coin – Lunar Year of the Dragon (2024; mintage: 38,888)

Pure Silver Fractional Set (mintage: 3,000)

100th Anniversary of the Birth of Jean Paul Riopelle (2023)

Honouring Elsie MacGill (“Queen of the Hurricanes”): 

35th Anniversary of Canada’s Silver Maple Leaf (SML)

Unique shapes and textures:

Great Hunters: Grizzly Bear

Holiday-themed Coins

[Read our blog: New Coin Commemorates Canada’s Inspiring “Queen Of The Hurricanes]

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