OTTAWA, ONTARIO - November 5, 2013 - The greatest of the Great Lakes is being celebrated as the latest silver collector coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The Lake Superior coin is the first in a five-coin series featuring the famous Great Lakes.
“The Mint is proud to celebrate Canada’s people, places and passions, including the Great Lakes, which have shaped our collective identity in so many ways,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Lake Superior has captured the imagination of generations and this coin will continue to foster the amazement and delight of Canadians and collectors alike for years to come.”
Lake Superior is not only the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area but also the source of 10 percent of the planet’s fresh water. Lake Superior borders Ontario, as well as the American states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Fed by 200 rivers, it measures 563 kilometres north to south and 257 kilometres west to east. Its renowned shoreline in Northern Ontario is noted for massive plummeting cliffs composed of ancient rock that hosts some of the world’s oldest fossils.