Following the release earlier this month of the Fireman's silver $15 coin, the Royal Canadian Mint has released the details of the remaining three coins in the National Heroes Collection due for release later this year.
In addition to the details covered below, the Royal Canadian Mint has also announced that they will be donating $5 from the sale of each National Heroes : Firefighter silver coin to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal. This over and above an amount of $10 000 that will be donated to the Red Cross as part of the Royal Canadian Mint's efforts to recognize and honor these everyday heroes.
At the unveiling ceremony, held at the Mint's production facility in Winnipeg, the President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, Sandra Hanington, had the following to say :
"This coin series is a wonderful addition to any collection, paying tribute to our everyday heroes who put themselves at risk every time they answer the call of duty to protect us. These coins are also a way for the Mint and all of our employees to say thank you for the unwavering selflessness and courage these heroes demonstrate in their communities."
The fist coin in the series is the Firefighter coin that was released at the beginning of May and at the time of writing this(little over two weeks later) has already been 77% sold out of the maximum mintage. You can read our full review of the Fireman's coin here : http://worldnumismaticnews.com/2016/05/12/canada-launches-heroes-silver-series/
The first coin unveiled on Tuesday the 17th and the second coin in the National Heroes series to be released is the Paramedics coin. Like the Firefighter coin this too is a pure silver(.9999 Fineness) coin with a $15 denomination. The reverse design features two paramedics helping an elderly woman out of their ambulance on a brightly coloured stretcher. The ambulance itself is sculpted in the background while the paramedics and patient are colourized. The paramedics coin is scheduled for release on June 7th 2016.
The Police forms the subject of the third coin in the National Heroes Series. As with all the coins in this series selective colouring brings the police officer to triking life in his the dark blue uniform with red striping on his pants and the band around the peaked police cap. The officer appears to be responding to a crime in progress or is in pursuit of a fleeing suspect. Sculpted in the background is a police cruiser parked at the side of a road with hills and trees behind it. The Police coin is set for release on the 7th of August 2016.
The final coin in the series will be released on September the 6th 2016 and is dedicated to the military. The beautifully sculpted background depict a rural landscape where soldiers are descending from of a military helicopter, taking part in an apparent rescue operations in an area of conflict. The coloured foreground depicts an infantry soldier in green camouflaged combat gear with the red maple leaf of the Canadian flag on his left shoulder. One gloved hand keeping a tight grip on the repelling rope while the other reaches out in a gesture of assistance, almost pulling you into the dramatic scene.
The coins can be purchased individually in a maroon clamshell case or as a part of the Royal Canadian Mint's subscription program for $69.95 CAD. If you take part in the subscription program then you will receive a lovely crafted wooden collectors display case with slots for the entire set.
All four coins in the National Heroes pure silver $15 coin series have a limited mintage of 10 000 coins each. The 36mm coins weigh 23.17grams and are struck from 99.99 pure silver with selective colouring to the reverse. The obverse design of the Susanna Blunt effigy of HRH Queen Elizabeth II is shared by all four coins. The reverse designs were done by Canadian artist Ken Ryan.