Once again, the Royal Canadian Mint offered a special Uncirculated set at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) summer show and convention, held last month in Chicago. The set, which is similar to those issued in previous years, has a cardboard holder showing a canoe with places for the five-, 10-, and 25-cent coins, as well as the $1 and $2 coins.
There is also a spot for a sixth item, in this case a medal. The base-metal medal has the Mint’s old-style “circle M” logo on one side, while the other shows the Chicago skyline and the words “CHICAGO 2013,” while the words “AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCATION” and “CHIGACO, ILLINOIS” are around the edge. According to U.S. coin dealer Talisman Coins, the mintage of the set was just 500, and the medal will not be available in any other RCM product.
The canoe design is the same as was used for the Berlin set issued earlier this year. The Mint has issued sets in previous years for a number of coin shows around, including those hosted by the ANA and Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, as well as shows held in Berlin and China. The sets had a maple leaf theme in previous years. Sets for individual shows have been issued since 2010, when the medals included were smaller. Prior to the withdrawal of the one-cent coin, the sets had the medal in place of the five-cent coin.