Royal Canadian Mint unveils Superman coin collection

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The Royal Canadian Mint on Friday unveiled four limited-edition Superman coins, reproducing colourful iconic images from DC Comics’ book covers.

Justin Monk, dressed as Superman, was on hand to unveil four new collector coins featuring Superman at Fan Expo in Toronto on Friday.
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Three of the new coins have been minted in silver, with face values of $10, $15 and $20 and the fourth in gold with a face value of $100. The mint is producing 10,000 of each silver coin, and the gold coin is limited to a run of 2,000.

The coins were unveiled at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto by a federal minister who said he grew up with the “fantastic” adventures of Superman.

House Leader Peter Van Loan was also quick to point out the Man of Steel’s Canadian roots, saying Superman’s co-creator was Joe Shuster of Toronto.

“Folks of my generation will know him as a cousin of the famous comedian Frank Shuster of the Wayne and Shuster duo and Joe Shuster was, of course, born in the city,” said Van Loan, who brought his daughter and son along to the unveiling.

The new coins are based on art that graced comic book covers in 1938, 1972, 2001 and 2012, including Action Comics 1, which features Superman hoisting a green car above his head in “arguably the most famous comic book of all time,” the mint said.

The other coins feature images including Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent pulling back his shirt to reveal the S-Shield and Superman in the “classic iteration of his costume,” taking to the skies with his cape fluttering behind.

Their launch follows the release last year of seven Superman coins to mark the hero’s 75th anniversary.

“By celebrating Superman, we are highlighting the fact that many Canadians share a love of comic books and admiration for one of the world’s greatest pop culture heroes,” said Patrick Hadsipantelis, vice-president of marketing at the mint.

He said the new coins exemplify the mint’s internationally renowned craftsmanship.

The coins are on sale online now and will be available in Canada Post outlets and at other distributors starting next week. The silver coins retail between $69.95 and $109.75 while the 14-karat gold coin sells for $750.95.

Hadsipantelis said there had been international interest in the coins, but they are only available for sale to customers in Canada and the United States under the terms negotiated with DC Entertainment, which owns DC Comics.

However, there is no restriction on reselling them, he said.

 

By Abdul Latheef

THE CANADIAN PRESS—TORONTO

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mint, Action Comics 1, Canada Post Abdul LatheefTHE CANADIAN PRESS

Geographic location: Toronto, Canada, United States

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  • niall quaid
    September 04, 2014 - 14:36

    Tuesday sept 2.. went early to the mint and got into a queue.. allowed in at 9.00am and proceeded to wait while counter staff got "organized".. slow service . but MOST ANNOYING was the entrance to the mint and counter (with immediate service!) from another door by two snippy women. i asked the lady police officer/security guard why they were allowed in through another door and thus given special service while taxpayers waited in line.. She said "OH! THEY ARE FROM HR(human resources?). "well" i said, "they should be at their desk working not doing their shopping on taxpayers' time and money". She said that she would close the door but did not welcome my "interference" with what looked like "standard performance" i.e. special preference for HR. I feel sure that she would want me to have disappeared. I resent being treated like this and wish to register my objection to this method of allowing special access to insiders while taxpayers wait in a queue. Minister please put a stop to this nefarious practice by your and our employees. It is too cosy for words.