Coinciding with the 75th birthday of Superman last year, the Royal Canadian Mint created seven celebratory collectors coins to mark the occasion. Well, Superman’s now a year older, but it seems that the celebrating isn’t over yet, as the Mint and the Government of Canada used the occasion of the National Fan Expo to release four new coins featuring the image of the Last Son of Krypton. Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Patrick Hadsipantelis, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for the Royal Canadian Mint, were on hand at Fan Expo today to unveil the new coins.
“Like coin collectors, comic book and fantasy enthusiasts appreciate the art of each object they collect, and they have the same appreciation for the word ‘mint,’” said Hadsipantelis in his remarks before the unveiling. “By celebrating Superman, we’re highlighting the fact that many Canadians share a love of comic books and an admiration for one of world’s greatest pop culture heroes.”
Van Loan joked that he was dressed up as Clark Kent on “business casual Friday” before adding his two cents to the ceremony.
“Like many of you I grew up with the fantastic adventures of Superman, and have childhood memories of the iconic DC Comics superhero whose core values of truth and justice strike a chord with all of us, and will forever resonate with Canada’s own values,” Van Loan said.
The minister then touted Superman’s “great Canadian roots,” citing the fact that Man of Steel co-creator Joe Shuster was born in Toronto. Actress Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane in 1978’s Superman the Movie, is also Canadian.
“Generations of people in Canada and around the world have come to know the legend of Superman,” Van Loan continued. “His countless fans have been inspired by his selfless and unshakable character, and you can clearly see at events like Fan Expo that people are proud to identify with a hero who, though fictional, embodies so many qualities we respect and admire.”
The four new coins, which Van Loan unveiled with the help of his two kids John and Caroline (who are, admittedly, “bigger fans of Star Wars”) are made of gold and silver, and each features an image from an iconic Superman cover. The three silver coins feature images from 1972’s Action Comics #419, 2012’s Superman Annual #1, and the first appearance of Superman, 1938’s Action Comics #1 respectively. The gold coin meanwhile, features art from the cover of 2001’s Adventures of Superman #596. The silver coins retail for between $69.95 CDN and $109.75 CDN, while the gold coin is priced at $750.95 CDN.
You can see the Superman coins for yourself at the Royal Canadian Mint’s website