A new five-coin series debuts with the Royal Canadian Mint’s new proof 2014 Lake Superior 1 oz Fine Silver Coin.
This strike will be joined by four more to complete the Great Lakes series of 99.99% pure silver coins. The others will feature Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
"The Mint is proud to celebrate Canada’s people, places and passions, including the Great Lakes, which have shaped our collective identity in so many ways," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
"Lake Superior has captured the imagination of generations and this coin will continue to foster the amazement and delight of Canadians and collectors alike for years to come."
Noting their prominence, the website of the Royal Canadian Mint points out that the Great Lakes are visible from the moon, hold about 20% of the world’s freshwater supply and have more than 150 fish and 50 plant species.
Lake Superior Silver Coin Designs and Specifications
New treatment is used to create the design appearing on reverses of the 2014 Lake Superior Silver Coin. The image features raised land surrounding a translucent blue enamel filled lake. The enameled area is an interpretation of a bathymetric map of Lake Superior.
Surrounding the outside of the design are points of a compass. Included inscriptions offer the year 2014, the legal tender face value of 20 DOLLARS, LAKE SUPERIOR and LAK SUPERIEUR.
Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse with the inscriptions of ELIZABETH I and D G REGINA.
Specifications of the 2014 Lake Superior Silver Coin are as follows:
- Mintage – 10,000
- Composition – fine silver (99.99% pure)
- Finish – proof
- Weight (g) – 31.39
- Diameter (mm) – 38
- Edge – serrated
- Certificate – serialized
- Face value – 20 dollars
- Artist – Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Ordering and Subscription Option
Current pricing for the coin is CAD $114.95, but is subject to change.
To order a 2014 Lake Superior Silver Coin, contact the Royal Canadian Mint at 1-800-267-1871 (Canada), 1-800-268-6468 (United States), or online at www.mint.ca. An affiliate link to the coin’s online product page is right here.
Each proof coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell case. An accompanying serialized certificate shows the limited mintage of 10,000.
A subscription is also available for those interested in the complete five-coin set with subscription purchases to include a special five-coin display case.
Remaining coins in the Great Lakes series have staggered release dates of Lake Ontario (March 2014), Lake Erie (June 2014), Lake Michigan (October 2014) and Lake Huron (February 2015).