It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Superman - the coin.
The Royal Canadian Mint has announced the release of seven special coins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the superhero known best for being "Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound," on the classic ‘50s television show.
The Royal Canadian Mint has produced collector coins to celebrate each decade of the "strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men."
Each coin comes in a keepsake box while several of the coins include engraving which reads "75 years of Superman."
Based on the creation of Canadian Joe Shuster and American collaborator Jerry Siegel, the DC Comics iconic "Man of Steel" coins are available in gold, silver and cupro-nickel. Prices start at $29.75 for a cupro-nickel coin and stamp set and range up to $750 for the 14K gold coin. Only 2,000 of the gold coins are being minted.
"Seventy-five years after Superman’s introduction to the world, Mint employees are proud to honour Superman’s legacy by producing a special series of gold, silver and cupro-nickel collector coins for Canadians and collectors alike to treasure for years to come," said Ian Bennett, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, in a media release.
"The Man of Steel inspired legions of popular comic book heroes, but only Superman has been immortalized on Canadian coins, which feature bold innovations and superb craftsmanship."
Coins from the new Superman series are available now. The coins can be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada (1-800-268-6468 in the USA), or at www.mint.ca/superman.
Beginnning tomorrow, the coins will also be available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver and participating Canada Post outlets in addition to other dealers and distributors.