To celebrate 75 years of Batman, the Niue mint has released a commemorative world coin that features the Caped Crusader. The obverse of the Batman coin features Batman in a crouched position with the iconic Batman symbol in the background. The text on the silver coin reads “75 Years of Batman” along with “2014” and two copyright symbols against a polished proof background. Batman first appeared in the comic book, Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands March 30, 1939. Because the superhero was wildly popular and successful, he earned his own comic book, Batman #1, where he fought the Joker and Catwoman for the very first time.
The Royal Canadian Mint is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway with this 2014 Canada $30 Fine Silver Coin. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway is a massive early twentieth-century engineering feat that linked eastern Canada to the Pacific. This rare 2-ounce 99.99% pure silver Canadian coin was designed by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel. It features a dynamic portrait of a 1914-era steam train traversing the Grand Trunk Bridge in Saskatoon at the time of the railway’s completion. Kimmel presents a steam engine pulling elegant wooden passenger cars.
The fourth coin in a five-coin series, the 2015 Silver Great Lakes coin features an interpretation of a bathymetry map of Lake Michigan replicated by Royal Canadian Mint engravers and highlighted with colored enamel. Lake Michigan is the third largest lake in terms of surface area, as well as the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world. Only 10,000 of these 1-ounce silver coins will be minted.
These officially licensed Marvel 1-ounce silver proof coins commemorate the Earth’s mightiest heroes—the Avengers! For over 70 years, Marvel Comics has been home to the most memorable characters and engrossing stories on the planet. Some of the most popular Marvel characters include Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk who together make up the Avengers. Labeled, "Earth's Mightiest Heroes,” the Avengers fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand." The complete set of four, 1-ounce silver Avenger coins and the collectible character tins are kept safe and secure in a large, limited-edition lunchbox featuring a group shot of all four Avengers on each side.
Iconic to many Canadian residents, polar bears are a symbol of stalwart pragmatism and the spirit of adventure because of the polar bear’s ability to survive in the weather extremes. This new world coin release from Canada features an adult polar bear and a polar bear cub in the arctic landscape, their natural habitat, and was designed by Canadian artist Germaine Arnaktauyok.
One of ten coins in the Exploring Canada Set, this coin celebrates the pioneering mapmakers of the North. Six of the coins have been released and the other four will be released in 2015. This coin aims to capture the joy of adventure and discovery of the explorers whose interest in the unknown have helped the Canadian identity. The reverse coin design features David Thompson who was celebrated as North America’s “greatest geographer.”
||Kelsey graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a B.A. in mass communications. She is new to the world of numismatics, but as the Marketing Specialist for MCM is dedicated to learning all there is to know.|