The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates Captain Canuck by recreating the homegrown superhero’s 1975 comic book cover in the form of a $20 fine silver rectangular coin.
The coin, designed by co-creator Richard Comely, shows the red and white-clad figure superhero as he first appeared on the cover of Captain Canuck #1 in 1975.
Limited to 3,500 coins worldwide, the $20, 1 oz. pure silver coloured coin is available for purchase at The Mint’s website for $119.95.
At the time of publication, the coin was 78 per cent sold out.
Canada Post released a Captain Canuck stamp in 1995, which soon became the best-selling Canadian stamp ever released. This is Captain Canuck’s first appearance on a coin.
Both the coin and the packaging feature the art of co-creator Richard Comely.
“Key elements from the original cover art by Richard Comely are faithfully replicated by combining precision engraving, various frostings and a selective colour application. The focus is primarily on Captain Canuck, who strikes a defiant pose as he stands on rugged terrain, while the yellow sun hangs low in the northern sky. His maple leaf suit is based on the real-life colours of the large Canadian flag engraved behind him, which further emphasizes the character’s Canadian roots. The reverse includes the engraved word “CANADA” above a corner box element bearing the face value “20 DOLLARS”; “CAPTAIN CANUCK” and “CAPITAINE CANUCK” are engraved on either side of the hero, while the year “2018” is engraved on the land mass below. A laser-engraved maple leaf pattern fills the obverse, which features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.”