This huge low mintage 2015 pure silver five cent coin is the fourth coin in the 2015 “Big Coins” pure silver proof set. The subscription to the six piece set sold out from the Royal Canadian Mint within minutes of its release, and all individual coins also sold out on the day of release. Values of all coins released so far in this series have gone up in the secondary market, with the loon dollar and quarter now selling in the range of $700 to $1,000 each. In addition to being spectacular looking coins, the coins in this series now form the top quality coin set in Canada, and individually represent the highest quality coin for each denomination.
The mintage of this coin and others in the Big Coins series is extremely low, with only 1,500 coins of each design being produced. As a pure silver coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, there is no HST or GST applicable on this item.
While a regular five cent coin has a diameter of 21 mm and a weight of just under four grams in base metal, this BIG five cent special issue coin has a diameter of 65 mm and a weight of over 155 grams, or 5 ounces, in pure silver. This is about equal to the weight of a 40 coin roll of regular nickels. The coin is double struck to ensure fine detail and a near flawless surface, while the design is further enhanced with selective 24 karat gold plating on both sides, highlighting the coin’s main design and the effigy of the queen.