The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the foremost producers in the modern world of commemorative bullion products. Its annual production of coins and bars includes products struck using gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. The Royal Canadian Mint is well known for its official sovereign bullion coin for the country, the Canadian Maple Leaf, but it is also responsible for the production of commemorative bullion products that celebrate the heritage and natural wonders of Canada. JM Bullion proudly carries a wide variety of Canadian commemorative bullion products for the savvy investor.
Canada’s Royal Canadian Mint, known as Monnaie Royale Canadienne in French, is the official production facility of the Canadian government. It is responsible for the production of all of the nation’s official circulation coins and even produces circulation currency for other nations around the globe, such as New Zealand. It is also one of the world’s leading designers and producers of precious metal coins, medallions, tokens, and investment-grade bars.
The Royal Canadian Mint first opened its doors for production on January 2, 1908 as the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint in London. As Canada emerged as a nation in its own right throughout the 20th century, control over the mint transferred to the hands of the Canadian government. Today, the mint operates the original facility in Ottawa, as well as a secondary branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Canada is the source of some of the most sought-after commemorative bullion products in the world today. The Royal Canadian Mint has established a reputation over time for minting the highest quality coins and bars available in the market. Today, all Royal Canadian Mint gold and silver products are struck using .9999 purity levels, with its platinum products featuring .9995 purity. All coins struck by the Royal Canadian Mint are issued face values that are guaranteed and backed by the government of Canada, which maintains 100% ownership over the Royal Canadian Mint.
Products from the Royal Canadian Mint are popular throughout North America and around the globe. The Canadian Maple Leaf coin series is the most visible product from the mint. Available in gold, silver, and platinum, the coins are sought after for their purity, impressive design, and the uniqueness of some of its many special-edition privy mark Maple Leaf coins.
On top of the Canadian Maple Leaf, the Royal Canadian Mint strikes a variety of commemorative bullion coin programs each year. Most of these coin programs celebrate the heritage, natural history, and environmental splendor of the great white north. You’ll find many of these coins available right now from JM Bullion’s online catalog.
One of the latest Canadian commemorative bullion coins available from the Royal Canadian Mint is the Canadian Silver Bison coin series. It was first introduced in 2015, and set a mark as one of the most unique coins available on the market today. The Silver Bison is the first-ever coin from the Royal Canadian Mint struck in a 1.25 oz weight. As such, it comes with a unique face value of $8 (CAD).
The Canadian Silver Bison coin was first released in 2015 and available first through JM Bullion. The coins bear a new image of the North American bison on the reverse side each year, and the familiar obverse design that features Queen Elizabeth II’s profile picture. Highlights of this brand-new coin series include:
The Canadian Silver Bison coins are minted by the Royal Canadian Mint to match demand, so the number of coins produced in any given year can vary. While other coin series from the mint have limited mintages, the Canadian Silver Bison can still be hard to come by as designs are discontinued after a calendar year, making the original design hard to come by.
The Royal Canadian Mint has a reputation for producing one-of-a-kind commemorative bullion coins that are unlike any other on the market. While its Canadian Silver Bison coin was a first-of-its-kind 1.25 oz silver coin, it wasn’t the first time the Mint had produced a coin in such a unique weight. Following the massive success of the Canadian Wildlife Series, issued from 2011 to 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a brand-new wildlife-inspired coin in 2013 with a very unique weight.
Again celebrating the wildlife and heritage of Canada, the 2013 1.5 oz Silver Arctic Polar Bear coin was released to follow up on the success of the mint’s animal-themed coins. The polar bear seems a natural fit for a Canadian coin. These massive beast are one of the few creatures in this world capable of surviving the harsh conditions of the Arctic Circle, which dominates significant swaths of the Canadian landmass in the north.
More importantly, the world only has about 20,000 polar bears remaining in the wild, and the nation of Canada is home to the largest single population of polar bears today. In addition to the special choice for the design, these coins were uniquely minted with 1.5 oz of .9999 pure silver. Other highlights of this coin series include:
A note on the condition of these coins. At this point in time, the Royal Canadian Mint had issues with spotted surfaces in its coin striking. However, these coins are not negatively impacted by this factor because a Brilliant Uncirculated coin is one defined by the lack of wear and tear on its surfaces, but the possible presence of breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from striking.
Further building upon the success and popularity of the Canadian Wildlife Series of animal-themed coins, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced a second 1.5 oz. silver coin in 2014 inspired by the natural inhabitants of some of Canada’s harshest realms. The arctic fox is one of Mother Nature’s more unique creatures. Along with the polar bear, it is one of the few animals capable of surviving the bitter temperatures of the Arctic Circle. However, what sets the arctic fox (also known as the white fox or polar fox) apart from others is its fur.
The arctic fox has a thick coat of white fur, as one might expect on an animal living in one of the coldest regions on the planet. What you probably don’t know is that the arctic fox is capable of changing the color of its fur to adapt to its conditions. During the warmer summer months, the coat of an arctic fox turns from its winter-time white to a darker brown, before shifting back to white for the winter. These coins were the second-ever 1.5 oz coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, and are related to the 2013 1.5 oz Canadian Silver Arctic Polar Bear coin in an animal-themed series. Additional highlights of the coin include:
While the Royal Canadian Mint announced a strict mintage limit for the 1.5 oz Polar Bear coin, there was no set mintage announced for these 1.5 oz Silver Arctic Fox coins. Each one is available in BU condition, which means there are no signs of wear and tear, though it is likely you’ll notice breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from the coining process.
JM Bullion proudly accepts a variety of payment methods as you complete your purchase of Canadian commemorative bullion products. You can complete your payment today with any major credit/debit card, paper check, bank wire transfer, ACH, Bitcoin, or PayPal fund transfer. The latter two forms of payment offer immediate processing and quick release of your products to our shipping queue.
Paper checks and ACH take upwards of six business days to process, but do come with the highest maximum purchase allowed and a discount of 4% on all purchases. Credit/debit card transactions often process within one business day.
Any purchase over $199 will receive free standard shipping and insurance, with expedited shipping available for an extra fee. Our products ship in discreet packaging to protect the identity of your bullion during shipping. The United States Postal Service and UPS are out shipping partners. If your products are lost or stolen during shipping, we’ll work to locate your lost products, secure a replacement product, or find a replacement product for you.
If you have any other questions about Canadian commemorative bullion, please feel free to reach out to JM Bullion. Our associates are available at 800-276-6508, online using our live web chat, or by sending us an email with your questions.