September 9, 2013 12:32 pm
Updated: September 9, 2013 2:47 pm

Photos: Mint unveils Superman coins to celebrate 75th anniversary

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ABOVE: Watch the official unveiling of the 75th anniversary Superman coins from the heart of downtown Metropolis (actually Yonge and Dundas square in Toronto)

TORONTO – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Superman (coins)!

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled seven new coins Monday in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square to commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s “most celebrated superhero.”

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“The generations of young people who grew up reading Superman comics may not have fully appreciated the story behind them,” said Immigration Minister Chris Alexander at the event. “Our government celebrates Canada’s history and heritage and the very values and strengths that Superman embodies.”

MORE: 10 fun facts about Superman’s Canadian ties

The enameling process of the Superman coins:

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The first Superman comic was written in 1933 but published in 1938. Metropolis, the famous backdrop against which the story of Superman, was inspired by Toronto–the birthplace of Superman comic book artist co-creater, Joe Shuster.

1/4 oz $10 Fine Silver Coin – Vintage Superman:

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“The Man of Steel inspired legions of popular comic book heroes, but only Superman has been immortalized on Canadian coins, which feature bold innovations and superb craftsmanship.”

The Superman coin series can be ordered online at www.mint.ca/superman.

$15 Fine Silver Coin – Modern Day Superman™ (2013):

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$20 Fine Silver Coin – Superman™’s S-shield – Mintage:

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14-Kt. Gold Coin – Superman™: The Early Years – Mintage (2013):

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