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The world’s largest coin

$1 million is the face value of the largest coin of the world. 100 kilograms of pure gold with a fineness of 99999. Here you are told the story... more ]

Bullion coins part 2: The Maple Leaf

The Canadian Maple Leaf is currently one of the most popular bullion coins worldwide. This is not only due to its ubiquitous availability but it is also popular because of its high purity and the security features, the Royal Canadian Mint has come up with. more ]

The world’s largest gold coin was auctioned at the Dorotheum

On June 25, 2010, the world’s largest gold coin was sold at Vienna’s Dorotheum. It realized 3.270 Mio. Euro. more ]

Celebrating the Royals and the Nature: New Royal Canadian Mint Collector Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint is heralding the return of spring with a parade of coins showcasing Canada’s unique ties to royalty and its profound attachment to its natural and cultural heritage...
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The Royal Canadian Mint honours the Royal Wedding

The Royal Canadian Mint has produced a $20 pure silver coin featuring a sapphire-colored crystal enhancement symbolizing the 18-carat sapphire engagement ring which Prince William presented to his fiancée last October... more ]

Royal Canadian Mint added to the LBMA Silver Good Delivery List

The Royal Canadian Mint has been added to the London Bullion Market Association’s (LBMA) Silver Good Delivery List effective April 14, 2011... more ]

A Medal goes around the world: Rick Hansen celebrated by the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to have been invited to create the Rick Hansen Medal. It will travel to China, the United States and Canada, carried by medal bearers commemorating Rick Hansen’s historic achievement and inspiring others... more ]

From royal to floral: New themes abound in Royal Canadian Mint’s Spring 2011 Coin Collection

The Mint’s first collector coin honoring the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II is joined by themes such as Tulips; the Wild Rose; the Mountain Avens; Birthstones; “Welcome to the world”; as well as Mythical Creatures and Great Canadian Locomotives series; and Canada’s Famous CN Tower. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint honours the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Royal Canadian Mint joins the celebration of the visit of their royal highnesses to Canada by issuing a limited-edition gold coin and crystal collector coin... more ]

Royal Canadian Mint Opens New Windows on Canada’s History and Natural Heritage

Celebration of Canadian heritage continues with precious collectibles based on Canada’s first silver dollar; the first historical account of Lacrosse; “The Maple Leaf Forever”; the Bigleaf Maple; and the Black-Footed Ferret... more ]

Royal Canadian Mint Releases New Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint releases two new bullion coins in gold and silver. At the same time the Mint launches a medallion to be produced on demand replicating the stunning relay participant medal of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour celebrating its 25th anniversary... more ]

Canadian Culture, Traditions and Icons on New Collector Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint introduces coins on the 75th anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada, on the upcoming Year of the Dragon, new issues from ongoing series, and an early flurry of winter-themed coins... more ]

The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: 10 kilo coin of pure gold

The Royal Canadian Mint issues a 10-kilo pure gold coin as a tribute to Bill Reid. The reverse shows Reid’s most famous work, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii. Mintage is limited to 15 pieces of these coins with a face value of $100,000... more ]

Circulation coin celebrates Canada’s rare Wood Bison

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a special 25-cent circulation coin which is the third of five 2011 commemorative coins honouring Canada’s legendary nature. It is dedicated to the Wood Bison, a creature uniquely Canadian. more ]

Canada’s Majestic Moose on Silver Bullion Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has presented at the World Money Fair Berlin a new one-ounce silver bullion coin in its popular Canadian Wildlife series: a tribute to the moose, Canada’s largest land mammal. more ]

New Canadian circulation coin features Orca

A special 25-cent coin is the fourth of five commemorative circulation coins honouring Canada’s legendary nature. It features the Orca and half of the issue is coloured. more ]

Canada introduces new generation of coins

Enhanced security features and the patented multi-ply plated steel technology characterize the new one-dollar and two-dollar coins introduced by the Royal Canadian Mint on April 10, 2012... more ]

Royal Canadian Mint has experienced a year of remarkable financial performance

The Royal Canadian Mint achieved a record $3.2 billion in revenues and pre-tax profits of $43.8 million last year, the Corporation’s fourth highest ever net income. more ]

End of the Canadian Penny

Since 1858 Canada had minted an one cent coin – until May 4, 2012 when the last penny left the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg on its way to the museum. Due to elevated production costs and convenience reasons the coin has been abandoned definitely. more ]

First-ever glow-in-the-dark collector coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the first of four collector coins of the new Prehistoric creature glow-in-the dark series. The coin features a modern phosphorescent technology making thus visible the creature’s skeleton after exposing the coin to light. more ]

Calgary Stampede: 100 years of thrill

The Royal Canadian Mint commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, immortalized in five-ounce pure gold and silver coins, as well as colourful 25-cent cupronickel coin and stamp set. more ]

Unique Security Feature on Canadian Bullion Coin

A micro-engraved design produced by the Royal Canadian Mint’s innovative use of laser technology makes its debut on the reverse “Maple Leaf” side of the 2013-dated 1 oz. Gold Maple Leaf and will be a permanent addition to the Mint’s flagship gold bullion coin. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint offers Canada’s first gold coins 1912-1914

The Royal Canadian Mint offers of a rare collection of Canada’s first gold coins, produced by the Mint from 1912 to 1914 and not seen since the outbreak of the First World War. The highest quality of these $5 and $10 gold coins are now being offered for sale. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint releases final collector coins of 2012

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched the final collector coins of 2012 remembering Canada’s past and wildlife. In addition collectors are offered a Lunar coin 2013 and a new Gold Maple Leaf coin. more ]

Canada’s Cent Elimination Includes Hidden Costs

On the surface Canada’s cost saving measure through which the 1-cent coin is being eliminated appears to make sense. However, this matter is much more complex than it may seem at first sight as Richard Giedroyc explains. more ]

Canadian Arctic Expedition’s Centennial Commemorated on Coins

In commemoration of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 the Royal Canadian Mint issues a range of collector coins. The historical expedition studied people and wildlife of the then scarcely known Canadian Arctic. more ]

Canada’s penny to be phased out

On February 4, 2013 the Royal Canadian Mint has stopped shipping out pennies and the 35 billion pennies in circulation will be collected and melted down. more ]

Final distribution of Canadian penny marks the end of an era

After saying farewell to the penny with the final distribution of this iconic coin on February 4, 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint is marking the end of an era with 20,000 special rolls made from the last million pennies made for distribution. more ]

Polymer money – only longer lasting but not better?

After introducing polymer banknotes in 2011, Canada faces criticism due to supposedly weak points in the banknotes’ characteristics. And now the Bank of Canada Governor who is going to take over the same position in the UK has big plans for his new job. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint presents new issues on nature and history

The Royal Canadian Mint honours Ducks Unlimited Canada with coloured male and female Mallards on coins joined by other nature subjects such as the Bald Eagle, American Robin and Blue flag Iris. Canada’s Maple Leaf Tartan appears in a new 50-cent product. more ]

Monarchy and history meet nature and culture on Canada’s collector coins

The Royal Canadian Mint continues to celebrate Canada’s diverse heritage with a new release of collector coins showcasing Canada’s stories, symbols and traditions in an abundant variety of designs and innovative craftsmanship. more ]

The Royal Canadian Mint’s newest collector coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued new collector coins that tell much about Canadian history, identity and values, featuring the national wildlife, historical battles, and, of course, the Queen. more ]

Canada’s new banknotes unveiled on Earth and from orbit

Canada’s last new polymer banknotes were unveiled from the Bank of Canada’s headquarter and at the same time via satellite from the ISS 350 km above Earth. more ]

Canada honours 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice The Royal Canadian Mint issues a new collector coin remembering the Canadian heroes and their fight to defend the values of peace and freedom. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint marks 75th anniversary of Superman™

In the heart of the city that inspired Metropolis, the famous backdrop against which the story of Superman™ has been told since 1938, the Royal Canadian Mint has released seven exciting new coins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world’s most celebrated Super Hero. more ]

Special edition celebrates 25 years Canadian silver maple leaf bullion coin

After 25 years as a leading choice of precious metal investors world-wide, the Royal Canadian Mint’s 1 oz. 99.99% pure Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin is being commemorated with a special edition bullion coin to celebrate its quarter century of success. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint refines Silver Maple Leaf security

Already renowned for its purity and quality, the Mint adds advanced visual security features to the 1 oz., 99.99% pure Silver Maple Leaf (SML) bullion coin. A new finish formed of complex radial lines and a micro-engraved laser mark will be permanent additions. more ]

Canadian writer Alice Munro honoured on coin

On March 24, Canadian literary icon Alice Munro unveiled the Royal Canadian Mint’s new collector coin at the Greater Victoria Public Library. The coin celebrates her tremendous accomplishment of receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. more ]

New Canadian Collector Coin Series: Haunted Canada

From coast to coast, Canadians have long recounted ghost stories that both delight and frighten people of all ages. With its exciting new Haunted Canada series, the Royal Canadian Mint brings to life many of these tales thanks to lenticular Technology. more ]

Canada appoints new Master of the Mint and new Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced the appointment of Sandra L. Hanington as Master of the Royal Canadian Mint and of Carman Joynt as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Royal Canadian Mint. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint invites Canadians to design circulation coins for 2017

To celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians to design the 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins that will circulate in 2017. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint nominates judges for Coin Design Contest

To celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary, the Royal Canadian Mint launched a National Coin Design Contest. To assist in the selection of the finalist designs, the Mint has assembled a number of prominent Canadians. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada

From June 6 to July 5, 2015, six Canadian cities will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled their collector coins to commemorate this milestone sporting event. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint launches innovative Anti-Counterfeiting device

The Royal Canadian Mint has announced the commercial launch of its new Anti-Counterfeiting Technology. The novel device certifies the authenticity of Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins by reading a micro-engraved security mark. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint informs about coins scheduled in 2016

Canada’s 2016 Silver Dollar celebrates the ushering of global communications by commemorating 150th anniversary of the Transatlantic Cable. The Mint proposes new series to coin collectors and continues popular series with new issues. more ]

Canadian currency reaching new galaxies?

If, during your next stay in Canada, you come across a 5 dollar note displaying a strangely familiar looking face, you better keep it: modified to become a likeness of Star Trek character Mr Spock, these bills have become a cult. more ]

Anti-counterfeiting device for bullion coins reveiled to European dealers

After a successful North American launch, the Royal Canadian Mint is introducing its Bullion DNA Anti-Counterfeiting Technology to the European market. A convenient counter-top device certifies authenticity of Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates 20 years Toonie

Exactly two decades ago, Canadians were introduced to a new two-dollar circulation coin which replaced banknotes of the same value. Canadians quickly warmed up to their new bi-metallic, polar bear-themed coin which they soon nicknamed the “Toonie”. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint commemorates Toronto Blue Jays’ 40th season

In 2016, the Canadian baseball team Toronto Blue Jays celebrates its 40th season. On this occasion, the Royal Canadian Mint issues a 1oz pure silver collector coin. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates 50th anniversary of Star Trek

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’, the Royal Canadian Mint launches an out-of-this-world coin collection. The 10 dollar silver coin features Captain James T. Kirk. more ]

Bullion Coins of the World

Many investors prefer bullion coins to bars. Their advantages: they show beautiful motifs deeply rooted in the history and culture of the issuing nations. Learn more about that in our bullion coins series. more ]

Canadian coin commemorates visit of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Canada has produced a new collector’s coin to celebrate the visit of Prince William and Princess Catherine with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. more ]

Canadian gold thief convicted

In March 2015 Leston Lawrence gained a questionable fame when he was accused of having smuggled gold blanks out of the Royal Canadian Mint by concealing them in his rectum. A court has now adjudged him guilty. more ]

Giant gold coin stolen from Bode Museum

In a spectacular heist in the Berlin Bode Museum, one the world’s largest and most valuable gold coins was stolen. The theft is almost unprecedented. The great force the perpetrators executed came totally unexpected. more ]

Nummus Canada released

The inaugural issue of Canada’s first bilingual digital numismatic magazine has been released. Nummus Canada addresses money collectors of all levels, putting a special focus on Canadian coins, tokens, paper money, and medals. more ]

Canada honours civil rights activist on new banknote

The Canadian Viola Desmond made history many years before Rosa Parks did. When she refused to give up her reserved-for-whites seat at the cinema in 1946, she was put into prison. Now she has become the first woman after the Queen to be put on a banknote of her country. more ]

Canadian coins commemorate elk and lynx

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a “Predator” 1 oz, pure silver bullion coin series featuring the lynx. It has also released a bullion coin, made from 1 oz of pure gold, from its “Call of the Wild” series, celebrating the elk. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint is offering a new silver collector coin

The Royal Canadian Mint is offering a new silver collector coin, overflowing with favourite symbols of home. Royal Canadian Mint’s “Heart of our nation” silver coin gives Canadians a great way to hold onto memories of Canada 150. more ]

Surveillance video expected to trace thieves of giant gold coin

There is still no sign of the huge gold Maple Leaf that was stolen from the Berlin Bode Museum in March 2017. Berlin Police has now posted a surveillance camera video that might help to find the burglars. more ]

Raid at dawn: criminal investigation of Bode Museum heist successful

More than three months after the giant Big Maple Leaf has been stolen from the Bode Museum, Police arrested some suspects. Thanks to a large-scale raid, the crime seems to have been largely solved. more ]

Return of commemorative coins leads to great loss in revenue for the Royal Canadian Mint

Bugs Bunny and his buddies have not been lucky for the Royal Canadian Mint. In times of declining silver prices, so many collectors have returned their coins in exchange for their nominal value that profits for 2016 collapsed. more ]

Canada commemorates 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a two-dollar commemorative circulation coin honouring the brave Canadians who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago and paved the way to the Allied victory which ended the First World War. more ]

Canadian coin commemorates 100th anniversary of Maple Leafs

Marking the 100th anniversary of the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, the Royal Canadian Mint released a special one-dollar circulation coin. Unveiled on October 7, 2017, Canadian hockey fans can look forward to finding it in their change. more ]

Legal battle between the Royal Canadian and the Royal Australian Mint

Several million circulation coins with colour application have been circulating in Australia since 2012. The Royal Canadian mint has now filed a suit: They claim to have a patent on the Royal Australian Mint’s method of applying the colour. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint launches Gold Coin “Tecumseh“

The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of legendary Shawnee war leader and War of 1812 military hero Tecumseh with a $100 commemorative 14-karat gold coin. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint solves white spot issue

Little white spots on silver bullion coins are an unwelcome but common occurrence, especially in a variety of modern coins. The Canadian Royal Mint now claims to have found a solution how to prevent these “milk spots”. more ]

The legal battle between the Australian and the Canadian Mint is entering the next round

The Royal Canadian Mint has expanded its lawsuit for patent infringement against the Royal Australian Mint – it now concerns up to 15 million coins. The Royal Australian Mint, in turn, has launched a counter claim, contesting that the Canadian patent even meets the qualifications for one. more ]

Canada celebrates royal wedding

On occasion of the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry, the Canadian Mint releases a new silver collector coin with three Swarovski® crystals. According to the wishes of the couple the Canadian Mint also donated to the Centre for addiction and mental health Toronto. more ]

Real Meteorite Lands on Collector Coin

Just in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint has created a truly out-of-this-world collectible by adding a genuine meteorite fragment to limited edition silver coins. more ]

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