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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.