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Canada Opal Maple Leaf Coins?

 
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 Posted 06/19/2022  5:50 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
HELLO all

I am still learning about ALL coins, so I sometimes sit and browse Ebay just looking at what has been issued through the years by various mints.

I was looking at Canadian commemoratives and found some I really like. One in particular has piqued my curiosity.

I suppose some may think they are rather vulgar, but I have to confess I like the maple leafs with opal "leafs" (white one is nicer). But I can't seem to find any real information about them online. Looks like only 500 of each were made? What did they retail for? ETC ETC ETC!


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 Posted 06/19/2022  7:12 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i know these were after market enhancements. They were not made by the RCM.
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 Posted 06/19/2022  8:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
THAT explains a lot! So similar to all of those colorized bullion coins we see advertised in non-coin publications, etc?
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 Posted 06/19/2022  8:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As mentioned, the enhancements to the Silver Maple Leaf coins you've shown were not done by the R C M - they were done by a private mint in Germany (this mint "enhances" lots of of Silver Eagles and Silver Maples with various colorful designs and limited production runs),

The Opal coins were issued in 2019 and 2020 for sure - I haven't yet seen a 2021 or 2022 version, however. Their "issue" price was variable between dealers as they are not official government issues - ~$150 USD is a reasonable estimate.Today, they can be found for lower prices and higher prices - depends on the seller.




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 Posted 06/19/2022  8:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting collectibles, with high quality manufacturing and packaging, but getting away from the central core of numismatics. They need a different type of collector.
With these, very low mintages don't necessarily lead very high values based on rarity. Much more often, they remain at somewhere near their issue price.
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 Posted 06/19/2022  8:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Being a casual mineral collector, I was naturally curious! ;-)
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 Posted 06/20/2022  12:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dunkleosteus430 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Are they made of mined, lab, or imitation opal? Or are they just stickers?
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 Posted 06/20/2022  2:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dunkleosteus430 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Did some research. One man on Catawiki, which appears to be an auction site, claims that the opals are genuine. The one with white opal and red fields sold for $93.28.
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 Posted 06/20/2022  3:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nells250 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hmmm... if we could narrow down the company who made them, maybe we could find out for sure using the Wayback Machine!
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