Less than a year after unveiling seven collector coins celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, this morning at Fan Expo in Toronto the Royal Canadian mint introduced four more, featuring iconic Superman comic book covers.
The superhero's milestone anniversary and Toronto roots were also celebrated last year with a set of stamps from Canada Posts. Although Superman was created in 1933 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster when they were teenagers living in Cleveland, Shuster was actually born in Toronto, and lived there until age 9 or 10. He worked as a newspaper boy for the Toronto Daily Star, whose building served as a model for the Daily Planet (originally called the Daily Star).
"Canadians from coast to coast to coast recall Superman's adventures in the comic books of their youth and still follow his adventures today," Minister Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, said in a statement. "Our government is proud that the Royal Canadian Mint has created this coin series to preserve his legacy and to promote the values that the Man of Steel embodies."
The coins can be ordered through the Canadian Mint website, and by calling (800) 267-1871 in Canada, or (800) 268-6468 in the United States. They'll also be available beginning Tuesday at the Mint's boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver, and from authorized dealers and distributors.
2014 $100 14KT GOLD COIN - ICONIC SUPERMAN(TM) DC COMICS BOOK COVERS: The Adventures of Superman #596 (2001) The reverse image taken from the DC Comics cover of The Adventures of Superman#596 features perhaps one of the most iconic and enduring images associated with Superman: that of the famous S-Shield. A partially obstructed view of Clark Kent allows the focus to remain on his chest as he pulls back his shirt to reveal the emblematic S-Shield. Color is used to add depth to the image. Limited to a world-wide mintage of 2,000 examples, this coin retails for $750.95 CDN.
2014 $10 FINE SILVER COIN -- ICONIC SUPERMAN(TM) DC COMICS BOOK COVERS: Action Comics #1 (1938) This coin recreates the DC Comics cover of Action Comics #1, which is arguably the most famous comic book of all time. In the scene, Superman foils the attempted abduction of Lois Lane by stopping the gangsters' green car, hoisting it high above his head and smashing the front of it against a rock. Brilliant color highlights Superman's iconic costume, as well as the now-damaged getaway car. With a world-wide mintage of only 10,000, this coin can be purchased for $69.95 CDN.
2014 $15 FINE SILVER COIN -- ICONIC SUPERMAN(TM) DC COMICS BOOK COVERS: Action Comics #419 (1972) The reverse image of this coin features an illustrated Superman in the classic iteration of his costume with the famous red and yellow S-Shield. With fists clenched and a determined grin, the DC Comics Super Hero takes to the skies high above the bustling city below, while his cape flutters behind him. By gently overlapping the inner rim of the image's field, Superman appears to emerge from the coin itself. Limited to a world-wide mintage of 10,000, this coin retails for $89.95 CDN.
2014 $20 FINE SILVER COIN -- ICONIC SUPERMAN(TM) DC COMICS BOOK COVERS: Superman Annual #1 (2012) Taken from DC Comics' Superman Annual #1, this coin's reverse image depicts Superman in the New 52 style as though he is stepping out of the image's field. As flashes of light crackle around him, his fixed, heated glare conveys strength and power. His familiar red cape crisply extends behind him as he moves away from the glinting Fortress of Solitude seen along the left edge. A series of concentric circles frame the image, further contributing to the design's dynamic movement by creating an optical effect of motion. This coin is offered at $109.75 CDN and has a world-wide mintage of 10,000.