There are many things I like about living in Canada. I’m not about to start a flame war about the pros and cons of Molson versus Budweiser, kilometers versus miles, 4-down NFL versus 3-down CFL football or any of the myriad points of comparison. However, I do think our government is rocking it when it comes to collectibles. We had the Rush postage stamps a few months ago, and the Royal Canadian Mint has been knocking out the collectible goodies. Besides the Queen (who’s on pretty much everything), the Loon and Polar Bear (the “loonie” and “toonie” one and two-dollar coins), the Mint has released glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coins, Bald Eagles (stepping on someone else’s turf there), hologram coins, full color depictions of the Northern Lights and even a snowflake embedded with a crystal. In perhaps its greatest pop culture effort to date, the Mint recently released a set of seven Superman coins, in celebration of the Man of Steel’s 75th Anniversary.
Superman’s origins — not his origin story, but who actually came up with the idea — is another of those friendly Canadian/American “we agree to disagree” things — like where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone or where the first game of baseball was played. Canada lays claim to Superman because Superman artist Joe Shuster grew up in Toronto and the first Superman comic submitted was drawn on the back of a roll of wallpaper from Toronto.
But as I said, I’m not trying to start a flame war. We can agree to disagree. The real point of this piece is to alert you to the availability of these high quality Superman collectibles. Most are full color paint on silver, showing some of Superman’s iconic poses. They range in price from $29.75 to $750 (Cdn) for the 14-Kt gold version. U.S. residents can order collector coins online through the Mint’s website, or if you want to skip that for something more familiar it looks as though Amazon is selling the coin/stamp combo set, although it’s been in and out of stock so you might have to check back.
If the coins don’t hold up as collector pieces, they’re legal tender in Canada, so you can always use them to buy some (super) high quality maple syrup in a pinch.