Our Most Prestigious Issue
Beaverworks is honoured to announce our latest and most prestigious endeavour to date: our first gold issue dedicated to the Avro Arrow: 2.01 Troy Oz. of .9999 fine gold with select Platinum Plate with full colour printing and serialised edge markings on a reeded edge. We chose 2.01 Troy Oz. to honour the first Avro Arrow: RL-201. On the outside ring, there are 201 small circles which are present in all of our coins as we started out honouring the Arrow. There are 100 tiny squares around the circumference to honour the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RCAF in 2024. The serial number listed on the side and top of the box will be that of the coin and will resemble the font used on the side of the Avro Arrow aircraft.
Given the expense of each coin, the tooling and fabrication costs, each coin will be made on a per order basis. Our first expected shipment date of our first Golden Arrow will be for June 1, 2019. Serial Numbers RL-200 will have the wood grain finish, RL-201, RL-202, RL-203, RL-204, RL-205 and RL-206 will have the metallic pearl white finish and they will come with metal box tops from the Arrow program and decaled in a manner which references each coin. Members of the 250 Club may exercise their option to have their reserved serial number placed on the coin along with selecting exterior and interior colour selections.
Since we have announced the Golden Arrow project, we have secured enough resources in order to fund the tooling start up costs and so we will be proceeding with fabricating our first coin shortly to showcase it to the world. Given this and our discussions with our production partners, we have been able to arrange a system of producing this on an individual basis for our collectors, although much more expensive for us, it allows us to produce these small runs for now until we are able to build up a small inventory which will eliminate the time collectors have to wait. Given the nature of this, the purchase price does not cover the actual production costs for initial startup, however given the importance this coin has for Canadian Posterity, this is something that we are investing in order to make this into reality. We love the Avro Arrow, what she stood for, those who engineered, designed, built and flew her. It is our goal to honour her legacy and those who came together in Canadian history to accomplish this magnificent feat of Canadian military aerospace excellence.
Metallic Pearl White, Birds Eye Maple Wood Grain, Unique Fine Arts Painted Abstract or Choose Your Own
Standard packaging will be finished in either a metallic pearl white resin to reference the skin of the Arrow with the decals applied over the pigment then a clear coat of resin will be applied to lock it in. Resin is chosen for its superior medium of an ultra high gloss finish, ultra durable, scratch resistance and smooth finish. If customers would prefer to see the wood grain of the Birds Eye Maple, then it will be stained, then the decals will be applied, then clear coated. If collectors want an artistic expression of the artist behind this and wish to have their box resemble the fine art that this coin is and which Green can create, then they may choose that option…OR…
“I want an Arid Camouflage with a light tan interior…” Okay. No Problem!
This is an expensive commemoration. We understand that. As such, it is our goal to invest the time, energy, creativity and craftsmanship to allow collectors as much customisation as possible to this package. If collectors would prefer to change the interior fabric colour, exterior colour (both within reason), perhaps to a Navy Blue interior with a flat grey exterior, we can do that. The only way we are able to offer this custom feature is because we are the ones that individually make these by hand and we want to provide all collectors with that option to customise this package to house this golden droplet of the Canadian Aerospace Soul. Each package will be hand crafted by our leader Joseph Green, a well known Canadian Artist currently based in Edmonton and would enjoy any combination of exterior and interior colours our collectors choose. This is the keen attention to detail and personalised service that sets Beaverworks apart from every other mint in the world. We will work with each collector to dial in the exact look and design of their package to absolutely ensure they are happy with it prior to shipment. We are absolutely confident, regardless of colour combination collectors select, it will look incredibly stunning when its finished. We won’t ship it unless it does. Digital embroidery looks stunning on all fabric colours! Let us build you your custom package for this Avro Arrow tribute!
Maximum Mintage: 206
We originally were going to make this coin and its maximum mintage fixed to time, however after much consideration, we have decided to eliminate any ambiguity and limit the amount to no more than 206 Golden Arrows being minted. Once we have reached 206, the dies will be retired.
Optional Collectors Message Included in Packaging
-A Time Based Artistic Performance Piece
“Coin collecting is an ancient passion which often finds itself in the hands of the children of the collectors and passed down from generation to generation. I decided that given the unique nature of this particular coin, I wanted to provide collectors with the option of having their words, if they would like, to be housed along with their photograph, printed off and included within the packaging so that as time goes on, as that coin gets passed down from generation to generation, a piece of them escorts it. Collectors may include a paragraph of whatever they wish, it will be affixed into the packaging so that their words will accompany this magnificent coin and will echo through time and convey their thoughts, hopes and dreams to those who someday may inherit this beloved coin.” -Joseph
Payment by Cheque or Financing?
Given the nature of credit card fees, this makes it cost prohibitive for a small business to accept payment through a credit card for now. Financing has been arranged through our recent agreement with an amazing Canadian merchant financing group: Kis Capital. If you would like to finance this coin and make monthly payments, you may apply for financing here or at the end of the checkout. The deposit will be made and production will immediately commence. We are currently looking at a 24 week turn around time, however once the dies have been completed, that turn around time should be cut down substantially. We will examine the prospects for credit card payments.
Fabricated on a per-order basis. Each coin contains 2.01 Troy Oz. of .9999 Fine Gold, has select Platinum Plating, Serialised Edge Markings, a Reeded Edge, Full Colour Printing. Each coin comes with a signed and wax sealed Certificate of Authenticity signed by Beaverworks President, Chief Designer and Canadian Artist, Joseph Green. Each coin comes with a hand crafted, customised wooden box made from Northern Ontario Birds Eye Maple, painted in a choice of metallic pearl white, wood grain, fine art or any combination of interior and exterior colours (Within reason. We reserve the right to say say no to unreasonable requests) Interior fabric will made from either felt or silk with an embroidered graphic depicting the crest of the RCAF, current and former flag of Canada, the Avro Arrow Aircraft, the word Canada and the Beaverworks Mint logo. Customers may elect to exercise their option to include a message to be inserted into the packaging which will be on the inside area under the coin area, where the submitted message will be printed off along with the option of a picture collectors may include. That print off will be adhered to the inside and then covered in a hardened transparent resin layer to protect it. Each serial number of the coin will be listed on the sides and top of the container and the lettering will use the fonts used to depict the aircraft number on the side of the aircraft. Each serial number will begin with the prefix “RL” followed by a dash, then the serial number as a way to reflect the relationship the coin has to the original Avro Arrow aircraft run. For the first 7 coins sold, metal extracted from the Avro Arrow program has been furnished to Beaverworks by an anonymous supplier and highly trusted retired member of the Canadian Forces. This metal has been cut to approximately the dimensions of 8″x10″ and is approximately 1mm thick. This metal will be used as the basis for a deep laser engraving which will not exceed 1mm, but will carve a 3d shape onto the top of the metal which will show the aircraft, serial number of “RL-200 – RL-206”, the crest of the RCAF and name of the aircraft. This metal will be polished and perhaps sealed to ensure shine or will be left to oxidize over time or perhaps a combination of the two. The engraved parts will be cleaned and filled with transparent resin so that over time, as the metal slightly oxidises, only the protected areas will remain vibrant. The image will be best visible as a reflection of light from the resin against the relative dullness of the metal.
All other coins sold without the metal tops will be made from Birds Eye Maple. That top will have a much deeper machined or engraved surface which will not exceed 1cm in thickness. The top of the box will be painted and decaled with the livery of the Avro Arrow and areas which depict the wreathe of maple leaves will be painted. Each box will have a chrome hinge and a magnetic clasp comprised of two neodymium magnets hidden within the wooden top and base box and when closed, will remain tightly sealed. Each coin will be wrapped, shipped and insured for the purchase price and will be dispatched within 72 hours of it arriving at our studio office. This time will be used to quadruple check the quality of everything, any adjustments to the packaging will take place then and then immediately dispatched only once we feel the package meets or exceeds the exacting quality assurance of Joseph Green. The package will be wrapped in several layers of foam wrap to ensure a dense, tight and snug fit into a non-descript, brown shipping container so if in the event if the box is thrown or dropped, nothing will be damaged inside. The coin will have a layer of foam on the inside which will buffer the coin against any shipment eventuality so that when it arrives, it will arrive in as pristine shape the moment we finished wrapping it. All orders are fabricated on a per-order basis due to the relatively high costs associated with minting Gold coins. The maximum mintage of this series will be 206 total coins made. Members of the 250 Club may exercise their option to have their serial numbers reserved for the gold coin. Once capacity has been reached, the dies will be retired permanently and destroyed. Once the dies have been completed, the expected turn around time from sale to delivery should be substantially reduced. We are quoting 24 weeks or 6 months at present which is an extreme length of time we feel is best to ensure we can deliver within that time frame. We realistically believe this first round turn around time will be much shorter. Once the dies are complete, we will update the website with a confirmed time which we estimate to be approximately 12 weeks or sooner. The intention behind the custom options for our collectors is to share in the experience in allowing them the option to choose their own packaging which they will have to live with for the duration of ownership. It is our hope that with this, we can share in the notion that this coin will act as a time capsule within each family who purchases one to send along through time and have the option to insert their words and picture inside the package so that as time goes on, their words and picture goes along with it as a reminder those who inherit the coin to keep faith with the meaning of the coin.
Payments are made through financing arrangements with our financing partner Kis Capital or with a cheque or money order and all deposits will immediately be deposited and production will commence on a per-order basis. Given the current start-up state, all sales are final however are guaranteed to contain everything described above. Please do not purchase unless you are absolutely certain of this purchase. Any and all efforts will be made to ensure the collector receives the absolute finest quality end product. Our goal is to ensure our reputation is and remains as a world class, premium, executive level of personalised service organisation which excels at providing the finest products of their kind in our areas of interest. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Beaverworks Mint.