2015 Star Charts Glow-in-the-Dark Coin Subscription at 91% of Sales

by Darrin Lee Unser on December 12, 2014 · 2 comments

The Royal Canadian Mint’s Star Charts Glow-in-the-Dark series is proving popular with collectors. The Mint is promoting the silver series through a four-coin subscription and 91% of the 7,500 have sold.

2015 Canada $25 The Quest Star Charts Silver Coin

2015 Canada $25 The Quest Star Charts Silver Coin

Undoubtedly, the unique subject matter, intriguing designs and a number of firsts for the Royal Canadian Mint have aided in the set’s desirability.

"By far the most unique coins of the year. The combination of beautiful artwork, glow-in-the-dark on silver, storytelling and packaging make it a one of a kind must have," commented buyer Axl in a review about the series on the Mint’s website.

As for the designs, they tell the First Nations legend pertaining to the origins of the Big Dipper star formation. According to the legend, the Big Dipper is a great bear who is pursued by three hunters. The scenes were created by Western Ojibwa artist Cyril Assiniboine. While each coin’s design is different all four feature a glow-in-the-dark representation of the 7 stars in the Big Dipper. The Mint says the innovative treatment will never wear out.

2015 Canada $25 The Quest Star Charts Silver Coin in dark

Appearance of the $25 The Quest Star Silver Coin when removed from natural light

The Star Charts coin subscription opened in September with the 2015 $25 The Quest Silver Coin, which is shown in the two images above. It was the first silver coin from the Mint to showcase the glow-in-the-dark technology. The next issue, the 2015 $25 The Wounded Bear Silver Coin, debuted in November and is shown below.

2015 Canada $25 The Wounded Bear Star Charts Silver Coin

2015 Canada $25 The Wounded Bear Star Charts Silver Coin

2015 Canada $25 The Wounded Bear Star Charts Silver Coin in dark

Appearance of the $25 The Wounded Bear Silver Coin when removed from natural light

Upcoming coins include the 2015 $25 The Great Ascent Silver Coin and the 2015 $25 The Eternal Pursuit Silver Coin. They have scheduled release dates of February and April.

Specifications of the individual Star Charts coins include:

Star Charts Glow-in-the-Dark Silver Coin Specifications

Mintage 7,500
Composition 99.99% pure silver
Finish proof
Weight (g) 31.83
Diameter (mm) 40
Edge serrated
Certificate serialized
Face Value (CAD) $25
Obverse Artist Susanna Blunt
Reverse Artist Cyril Assiniboine


Each coin bears an obverse of Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.


Subscription orders for the 2015 Star Charts coins are accepted through the Royal Canadian Mint website at mint.ca. This affiliate link goes to the Mint’s subscription page. Subscribers will be charged CAD $104.95, or about US $91.60, when each new coin ships.

In another first for the Mint, the presentation boxes for the coins depict the big dipper when viewed in the dark.

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I have a hard time calling these items coins.

At best they are tokens better found in a box of cereal or cracker jacks.
The only way they accomplish a perceived demand is by keeping the mintage ultra-low. Look at the sales date for all of the worlds mints producing these tokens. With this one at least you can find them in the bottom of the drawer at night after the novelty wares off.

I hope the US Mint never goes down the novelty item path.