2016 Silver Fractional Set: Longest-reigning Sovereign

2016 Silver Fractional Set: Reverse of 1 oz. coinJ&M is pleased to announce that the new 2016 fractional silver and gold sets are in stock.  The set is quite different than it appears in the Royal Canadian Mint’s product information sheets and website.  In a word, it’s better.  The obverse of the 1-oz. coin features a frosted field with one leaf plated in rose gold, one in yellow gold, and one left in its original silver look.  It’s a poetic hymn to the autumnal season in which these coins were launched.

2016 Silver Fractional Set: Obverse of 1 oz. coinThe obverse features the effigy that graced the bronze coronation medals from 1953; this same effigy made an appearance on the golden jubilee commemorative 50-cent coins from 2002.  It’s worth noting that while the RCM’s website shows yellow gold on the effigy, the sets have rose-gold plating.  The effect is much nicer, not least because rose gold is so seldom used for plating accents by the Mint.

I was unable to get a very good image of the entire set, but there is an image below.

2016 Silver Fractional SetNote that the yellow gold plating is used only on the 1-oz. coin, rendering it distinctive.  The smaller coins probably benefit from this decision, though.

This set is expected to sell out quickly.  To order, visit our website at www.jandm.com.  (Click on “catalog” on the far top left, then on “Royal Canadian Mint’ on the sidebar, and then “Proof, Hologram, Colourized, Test Maple Leaf Coins and Sets, Lunar Zodiac and Other Fractional Sets” on the next sidebar.  Scroll down.  Clicking on the price of the item will add it to your cart.)

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2nd Haunted Canada Ghost Lenticular Coin now in stock: Brakeman

2015 25 cent lenticular coin: Haunted Canada - BrakemanThe second coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Haunted Canada series is now out. “Brakeman” combines whimsy and mystery and makes for a good bit of fun.  Tilt the coin to see the man become a headless ghost!  Order yours soon to avoid disappointment; the previous coin in this series sold out very quickly.  With Hallowe’en coming up fast next month, now is the time to add this to your collection or to give to a friend or family member.  J&M is accepting orders through our website.  (Click on “catalog” on the top left, then “Royal Canadian Mint” on the sidebar, and then “25 cent coins and sets” on the next sidebar. Scroll down, and click on the price to add it to your cart.)

Diwali: Festival of Lights Celebrated in Stunning Gold by the Royal Canadian Mint!

2015 $200 pure gold coin: Diwali, Festival of LIghtsThe Royal Canadian Mint is celebrating the great Indian festival of Diwali with a stunning $200 pure gold coin.  Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and others, Diwali is a festival of significant cultural value.  This coin, designed by Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal, features layered circular friezes of design elements orbiting the central lamp and flame.  The overall effect is hypnotic and mesmerizing, while a pleasing Canadian touch is added with the maple leaves that appear along the outer rim.

The box and the sleeve are also quite stunning:

Box and sleeve for 2015 $200 pure gold Diwali coinPackaging is everything with the Royal Canadian Mint, but even by the RCM’s high standards, the box, with its intricate, elaborate pattern, is a stand-out.  Even the sleeve is absolutely gorgeous!

With a mintage of only 275 pieces, this coin is going to be difficult to get.  Order yours today by phone at 1-888-244-9999 or through our website.  (Click on “catalog” on the far top left, then on “Royal Canadian Mint” on the sidebar, and then on $200 coins and sets” on the next sidebar. Scroll down to the see the item, and click on its price.)

Please note that J&M is also pleased to carry a 0.5-gram 25-cent pure gold coin with a simpler design.  It can be found on our website as described above.

New and Noteworthy Royal Canadian Mint Coins for September Now in Stock!

September’s launch of Royal Canadian Mint coins is seeing some of the most interesting and beautiful designs in some time. To purchase these coins, please visit our website at www.jandm.com, click on “catalog” on the far top left, then “Royal Canadian Mint” on the sidebar, and then the denomination of the coins in question on the next sidebar.

New Item Received: 2007 25 Cents Ruby-throated Hummingbird

25-2007-ruby-throated-rJ&M has just purchased a 2007 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 25 cent coin from the popular Birds of Canada series.  This coin is a must-have for those collecting the series, and can be purchased for $119.95 plus applicable taxes.  You may purchase this coin either by phone at 1-888-244-9999 or through our website.  [Scroll down and click on the price associated with this set]

Update, May 22, 2015: This coin has now been sold.

New Item Received: 2008-2009 $15 Sterling Silver 4-Coin Set: “Playing Card Money”

2008-2009 $15 .925 Silver Playing Card Money SetNumismatists and those interested in the history of money have always been fascinated by an episode in the late 17th century when the Intendant of New France, Jacques de Meulles responded to a shortage of usable money.  He took a set of cards, and with a stroke of his pen turned them into currency.  The King of France communicated his displeasure, but New France did this again with several more issues.  This “playing card money” is behind the commemoration of this 4-coin sterling silver set issued by the Royal Canadian Mint from 2008-2009.  This is the only set we have in stock; the price is $399.95 plus applicable taxes.  We are accepting orders by phone at 1-888-244-9999 and on our website [scroll down and click on the price associated with this set].

Update, May 22, 2015: This set has now been sold.

2015 Venetian Glass Turtles Now In!

2015 $20 Silver Venetian Glass TurtleThe final coin in the Flora and Fauna series has arrived.  The “2015 $20 Fine Silver Coloured Coin with Venetian Glass: Turtle with Broadleaf Arrowhead Flower” coins are now at J&M–but they won’t last long.  The coins are very beautiful–to me at least, they are the nicest of the five coins in the series.  To buy, please call or visit this page (scroll all the way down and click on the price).  Note: limit 2 per household. [Posted by Nathan]

The “King” has visited at J&M!

J&M is pleased to announce that we have acquired an example of the rare “King of Canadian coins”: a 1921 50¢ Piece!

This example is graded VG-8 by ICCS. Act now to obtain this rarity for your collection. ICCS has only certified 33 examples in all grades (2015 Population report), and between 50 to 75 pieces are thought to have survived from the original mintage, most of which was unissued, and melted. $49,000 plus applicable taxes.

1921 50¢ VG8 ICCS XRB291

Posted by Darren on April 2, 2015. Coin is subject to prior sale.

Royal Canadian Mint Products: Price Reductions!

J&M is pleased to announce that most Royal Canadian Mint products before 2012 are now available to our customers for significantly reduced prices. In addition, there are price reductions of around 8-10% on other recent most newer and current RCM products. Please see our website for prices.–

Update (May 19th, 2015): We will be announcing a special on current-year RCM products soon.  It will involve allowing us to send you promotional emails regarding RCM and other numismatic or bullion products.  Details to follow on this blog shortly.