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Custom (Double Cent) Sets 1971-80 and Specimen Sets 1981-date

















Denomination: 1 cent through $1.00; up to the $2.00 from 1997 onwards; Composition: Standard coinage metals of nickel and nickel-aureate-bronze as per circulation coins; Issued: Starting in 1858 but really got going in 1971.

These sets began as gifts for presentation purposes, and all early specimen sets up to 1970 are rare and expensive, costing anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars to obtain an example. For purposes of this catalogue we list only the sets from 1971 on, but we would be most pleased to quote on earlier sets where available, such as 1937, 1911, and 1908. For other specimen sets please call for availability. Sometimes single specimen coins from a set are available also.

As of 2010 the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new series of Special Edition $2 Specimen Sets in a Young Wildlife Series. Instead of include a special $1 loon coin design, these sets will feature a special $2 coin that will only be available in these sets.

For purposes of this catalogue we are including the Double Cent or "Custom" sets in with the listing as the coins are essentially struck to specimen quality and do not overlap with the true specimen releases. Sets come either in a small vinyl box with a snap on the front with the coins resting exposed in crushed velvet, or sealed in a plastic slab or capsules and mounted in a blue vinyl book format, similar to the proof set but smaller and thinner.

Please note that this catalogue is used as both an ordering tool and the only online reference list of its kind. We do not always have every item available in every grade, nor do we have every older coin or set. However, we tend to have many items available in many grades. Rare or hard to obtain items may not be available. Anything not currently available can be located for you if you request by sending an e-mail, fax, or by calling.

Year Mintage Price
1971 [9.95]  33,517  Sold out 
1972  38,198     9.95   
1973  49,376     7.95   
1973 Large Bust  Incl. Above     275.00   
1974  44,296     7.95   
1975 Double Cent Set [not specified for attached or detached]  36,851     7.95   
1975 Detached Jewel [9.95]  Incl. Above  Sold out 
1976  28,162     9.95   
1977 [not specified for SWL or regular]  44,198     7.95   
1977 Short Water Line [15.95]  Incl. Above  Sold out 
1978 [square jewels]  41,000     7.95   
1978 Round Jewel [19.95]  Incl. Above  Sold out 
1979  31,174     7.95   
1980 [7.95]  41,447  Sold out 
1981  71,300     7.95   
1982 [1 available without certificate]  62,298     7.95   
1983 [7.95]  60,329  Sold out 
1984  60,030     7.95   
1985  61,533     7.95   
1986  67,152     7.95   
1987  74,441     10.00   
1988  70,205     8.95   
1989  66,855     10.95   
1990  76,611     10.95   
1991  68,552     35.00   
1992  78,328     20.00   
1993  73,351     12.00   
1994  75,973     12.00   
1995  77,326     12.00   
1996  62,125     28.00   
1997  97,595     35.00   
1998 [15.00]  63,374  Sold out 
1999  45,104     20.00   
1999 $2 Nunavut       25.00   
2000  81,581     19.95   
2000 Path of Knowledge [4 available without boxes]  Incl. Above     24.95   
2001 P  54,613     20.00   
1952-2002 P with Family of Loons Dollar [3 available]  67,672     39.95   
2003 P [3 available, all without outer boxes--ask for $5 off in the comments box]  41,640     39.95   
2004 P with Flock of Geese (Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary) Loon Dollar [3 available]  46,493     49.95   
2005 P with Tufted Puffins Loon Dollar [2 available]  39,908     54.95   
2006 P with Snowy Owl Loon Dollar [49.95]  40,000  Sold out 
2007 P with Trumpeter Swans Loon Dollar [1 available]  40,000     45.95   
2008 P with Common Eider Loon Dollar  40,000     45.50   
2009 P with Blue Heron Loon Dollar [54.95]  40,000  Sold out 
2010 P with Northern Harrier Loon Dollar [54.95]  35,000  Sold out 
2010 Special Edition Set with Young Wildlife - Lynx [1 available; outer sleeve is somewhat worn]  15,000     59.95   
2011 with Great Gray Owl Loon Dollar [2 available, both without boxes, both with damaged certificates--ask for $10 off in comments box]  35,000     49.95   
2011 Special Edition Set with Young Wildlife - Elk [59.95]  15,000  Sold out 
2012 25th Anniversary of the Loonie [1 available without box, with damaged certificate; ask for $10 off in the comments box]  35,000     49.95   
2012 Special Edition Set with Young Wildlife - Wolf Cubs [49.95]  15,000  Sold out 
2013 with Blue-Winged Teal Loon $1 [1 available]  50,000     49.95   
2013 Special Edition Set with Young Wildlife - Black Bear Cubs [49.95]  17,500  Sold out 
2013 Specimen Set with Silver $1 - 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition  20,000     99.95   
2014 Specimen Set with Ferruginous Hawk Loon $1 [49.95]  50,000  Sold out 
2014 Special Edition $2 Set with Young Wildlife - Baby Rabbits  17,500     49.95   
2015 Specimen Set with Blue Jay Loon $1  30,000     49.95   
2015 Special Edition $2 Set with Young Wildlife - Baby Raccoons  15,000     49.95   
2016 Specimen Set with Tundra Swan Loon $1 [49.95]  30,000  Sold out 
2017 Specimen Set with Snow Goose Loon $1  30,000     51.95   
All prices shown in Canadian Dollars