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Superman on New Coins
By Numismatic News
September 13, 2013

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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The Royal Canadian Mint has struck birds on coins, planes on coins and now it has seven new coins honoring Superman.

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The man of steel will now be honored in gold, silver and cupronickel to celebrate the 75th anniversary of his appearance as a comic book hero.

Collectors might want to leap tall buildings in a single bound to acquire them.

They went on sale on the mint’s website on Sept. 10. Visit www.mint.ca/superman. Orders are also being taken by telephone at (800) 267-1871 in Canada, or (800) 268-6468 in the United States.

Price of the 12-gram gold coin is $750 in Canadian dollars. It is 14-karat gold and a mintage of 2,000 has been set.

There are three one-ounce silver coins with face value of $20, but depending on the design, they are priced at $109.75, $119.75 and $129.75. Mintages for all three are 10,000 each.

A silver half ounce with a face value of $15 and a mintage of 15,000 is $69.75.

A silver quarter ounce with a face value of $10 and a mintage of 15,000 is $44.75.

The base metal coin has a lenticular design, which like a hologram changes depending on the angle at which it is viewed. Price is $29.75.

The new Superman coins were unveiled Sept. 9 in Toronto, which the RCM says inspired Metropolis. Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square was the site of the ceremony conducted by Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Ian E. Bennett, president and CEO of the RCM.

“The generations of young people who grew up reading Superman comics may not have fully appreciated the story behind them,” said Alexander. “Our government celebrates Canada’s history and heritage and the very values and strengths that Superman embodies.”

Bennett said, “The Man of Steel inspired legions of popular comic book heroes, but only Superman has been immortalized on Canadian coins, which feature bold innovations and superb craftsmanship.” Superman was co-created by Canadian Joe Shuster and his American collaborator Jerry Siegel and introduced in 1938 in DC Comics.



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