The Royal Canadian Mint just introduced an adorable holiday-themed collectible, the 2015 $20 Gingerbread Man Silver Coin.
This release is the latest from the Mint’s series of coins that are in 99.99% pure silver and sold at their legal tender face value of $20. The price includes free ground shipping and there is no tax.
"This finely crafted coin of 99.99% pure silver captures forever the sprightly joy of a holiday classic: the gingerbread man," the Mint describes. "The warm, cozy delight of sweet baked treats is a hallmark of the Canadian winter holidays."
$20 for $20 silver coins are exceptionally popular; credited for a large swell of new Royal Canadian Mint customers. Seventeen other coins have appeared since the series kicked off in 2011, and all but the ones for this year have sold out. Previous holiday-themed coins include those depicting a magical reindeer, Santa, and a festive snowman. Here’s a list of all eighteen coins:
|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|
|2015 $20 for $20 Gingerbread Man Silver Coin||200,000||October 2015|
Coin Designs and Specifications
Designed by Chris and Rosina Reid, the reverse or tails side shows the gingerbread man holding a candy cane as he joyfully slides down a snow hill. Inscriptions around the design read: CANADA 2015, FINE SILVER 9999 ARGENT PUR and 20 DOLLARS.
Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse or heads side. The likeness of the Queen is surrounded by ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.
Coin specifications as provided by the Royal Canadian Mint include:
- Mintage: 200,000
- Composition: fine silver (99.99% pure)
- Finish: specimen
- Weight (g): 7.96
- Diameter (mm): 27
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: not serialized
- Face value: 20 dollars
The coin’s weight and purity account for slightly more than one-quarter troy ounce of silver (0.255919943 ounces).
Each coin is placed inside a protective clear pouch that is attached to an illustrated display card complete with specifications and a certificate of authenticity. The card features an image of a gingerbread house in a candy-filled winter wonderland setting.
2015 $20 Gingerbread Man Silver Coins may be ordered from the Royal Canadian Mint at mint.ca. The following affiliate link goes straight to the Mint’s $20 for $20 page. A household order limit of five applies.