2015 $20 Superman Silver Coin for $20

by CoinNews.net on August 17, 2015 · 11 comments

One of the world’s most recognized superheroes appears on a new Royal Canadian Mint release, the 2015 $20 Superman Silver Coin.

Canadian 2015 $20 Superman Silver Coin

Canadian 2015 $20 Superman Silver Coin for $20

Officially licensed by DC Comics, these coins are in 99.99% fine silver and sold at their legal tender face value of $20. There is no Canadian tax to pay, and the Mint offers free ground shipping.

The series of "$20 for $20″ coins is an enormous success, credited for a swell of new Royal Canadian Mint customers. Sixteen other issues have appeared since the program’s debut in 2011, and all but the new coins for this year have sold out.

Silver Coins in $20 for $20 Series Mintage Release
2011 $20 for $20 Maple Leaf Silver Coin 200,000 February 2011
2011 $20 for $20 Canoe Silver Coin 250,000 October 2011
2012 $20 for $20 Polar Bear Silver Coin 250,000 February 2012
2012 $20 for $20 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Coin 250,000 May 2012
2012 $20 for $20 Farewell to the Penny Silver Coin 250,000 August 2012
2012 $20 for $20 Magical Reindeer Silver Coin 250,000 September 2012
2013 $20 for $20 Hockey Silver Coin 250,000 January 2013
2013 $20 for $20 Wolf Silver Coin 250,000 March 2013
2013 $20 for $20 Silver Iceberg Silver Coin 225,000 July 2013
2013 $20 for $20 Santa Silver Coin 225,000 October 2013
2014 $20 for $20 Canada Goose Silver Coin 225,000 January 2014
2014 $20 for $20 Bobcat Silver Coin 225,000 February 2014
2014 $20 for $20 Summertime Silver Coin 200,000 May 2014
2014 $20 for $20 Snowman Silver Coin 200,000 October 2014
2015 $20 for $20 FIFA Women’s World Cup Silver Coin 200,000 March 2015
2015 $20 for $20 Bugs Bunny Silver Coin 350,000 May 2015
2015 $20 for $20 Superman Silver Coin 350,000 August 2015

 

Coin Designs and Specifications

Canadian artist Joe Shuster partnered with writer Jerry Siegel to develop the concept of Superman. Their collaboration first appeared in comic books in June of 1938. On this newest $20 for $20 silver coin, Superman is shown in flight with surrounding inscriptions of 2015, FINE SILVER 9999 ARGENT PUR, 20 DOLLARS and ©DC, representing the designer and official licensing of DC Comics.

 

Keeping with tradition, Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is on the obverse. The likeness of the Queen is surrounded by ELIZABETH II, CANADA and D G REGINA.

Specifications as provided by the Royal Canadian Mint include:

  • Mintage: 350,000
  • Composition: fine silver (99.99% pure)
  • Finish: specimen
  • Weight (g): 7.96
  • Diameter (mm): 27
  • Edge: serrated
  • Certificate: not serialized
  • Face value: 20 dollars

Coins of the series have just over one-quarter ounce of silver in them. This gives each issue an approximate melt value of $3.92 based on the recent spot price of $15.32 an ounce.

Ordering

2015 $20 Superman Silver Coins may are available from the Royal Canadian Mint at mint.ca. The following affiliate link goes straight to the Mint’s $20 for $20 pageicon. A household order limit of five applies.

Each coin ships inside a protective clear pouch that is attached to an illustrated display card complete with specifications and a certificate of authenticity.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

David August 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

I have heard that even though this coin is legal tender, no bank or merchant will accept it. Is that true?

john k August 17, 2015 at 11:52 am

Superman looks a bit like Senator Ted Kennedy

Mike Unser August 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

David, the Mint has a FAQ on the subject at: http://www.mint.ca/store/mint/customer-service/faq-1100010#Q1a

Dale August 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Not my taste ….will pass on superman.

vadim August 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm

I think if the mint got the rights to make Supermen coin designed according to the original movie serous and not the comic then I would buy it. Just my $0.02

Richard August 17, 2015 at 9:16 pm

It might be legally worth $20 CDN, but the weight is 1/4 of an ounce. At the going price of silver that works out to about $4.27 US. Not a very good deal. Also, the Canadian Mint website says a coin they make:

. RCM Marketing conducts bi-annual market research to evaluate themes and their emotional and commercial appeal with our coin buyers. In addition, themes must:

Reflect Canada’s heritage, values and culture;
Be appropriate to the currency of Canada and commemorate, celebrate, or promote Canada by depicting themes of significance to Canadians

I sure don’t this this happening here. If either of the creators were Canadian then maybe, but they were from Ohio.

As for taking it–well, how easy do you think it would be to pass a US commemorative half or dollar here, even if somebody wanted to?

vadim August 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Richard

Thanks for mentioning Canadian Mint’s objective. They sure didn’t achieved it with this coin design. Well maybe half-an-half since the other side is the queen.

I think, unfortunately it’ll be some time before a bill is introduced on a U.S. Supermen commemorative. Americana brand is not in style right now. If you know what I mean.

vadim August 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Mike Unser

Thanks to you too.

Damnusmint August 17, 2015 at 11:06 pm

this coin is perfect gift for grandchildren to involve or Introduction Coin Collecting Hobby . Coin collecting is a old classic hobby, and should not flipping like IKE coin chronicle set.

Rob October 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Richard & Vadim: Ummm… Joe Shuster, the comic book artist who “co-created” Superman was born in Toronto. Charles Thorson, who designed and named Bugs Bunny was born in Winnipeg.

Dan Prysunka December 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

It’s a coin with a Canadian connection. Let’s not have a bird over it.

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