2017 $20 FINE SILVER COIN NOCTURNAL BY NATURE: THE LITTLE BROWN BAT
From the edge of the Arctic tundra to the Great Lakes, the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) owns the night by using echolocation to locate its insect prey. Our Nocturnal by Nature series continues its exploration of a nocturnal Canada, using selective black rhodium plating to set the tone for a night-time encounter with the diminutive flying mammal.
Item Number: 161270
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Finish: Matte proof
Artist: Calder Moore
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box
- Second coin in a series featuring surprise encounters with some of Canada’s nocturnal wildlife.
- Selective black rhodium plating sets the tone for the night scene on the reverse, where moonlight suddenly reveals the bat’s shadowy presence.
- Represents a unique twist on traditional wildlife portraits, thanks to outstanding mix of engraving, selective plating and finishes that skilfully enhance each and every element.
- Surrounded by rhodium plating, the coin’s surface mimics the effect of natural light—whether it’s the intense shine of a full moon, or moonlight spilling across the back of the matte silhouette!
The reverse design by Canadian artist Calder Moore brings the viewer face-to-face with the little brown bat. Rhodium plating represents the dark night sky that fills most of the field—save for the full moon that is faithfully engraved at the centre. The enhanced shine of the coin’s silver surface mimics the effect of lunar luminosity in this nocturnal setting, where a little brown bat suddenly makes its presence known overhead. The rhodium-plated hunter appears like a shadowy figure in the night thanks to a matte finish. And with moonlight spilling down across its back and outstretched wings, the bat’s engraved features are faintly visible.