The photogenic whooping crane (Grus americana) is North America’s tallest bird. It’s also one of our rarest avian friends and the focus of intensive conservation efforts over the last few decades. We continue our exploration of Canada’s at-risk species with this second coin in a series, featuring a uniquely shaped cutout that delivers a powerful message about the plight of this endangered species.
• SECOND coin in a series showcasing at-risk species that are an integral part of Canada’s cherished biodiversity.
• A testament to the Royal Canadian Mint’s renowned craftsmanship, the smoothly edged, crane-shaped cutout brings renewed attention to its plight, particularly as a conservation icon.
• Detailed engraving and multiple finishes recreate the wild beauty of the whooping crane’s breeding grounds near the border of Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
• The overall design delivers a powerful message by re-imagining the Canadian landscape without the iconic species that have been classified as at-risk.
• Crafted from 99.99% fine silver, the coin’s large diameter (54 mm) allows each engraved detail to shine.
• With mintage limited to just 5,500 coins, this piece of numismatic art is a wonderful addition to any collection, and is sure to be prized by art lovers, nature enthusiasts and collectors alike!
Item Number: 156480
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 56.30
Diameter (mm): 54
Face Value: $30
Artist: Trevor Tennant
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box
The reverse design by Canadian artist Trevor Tennant whisks the viewer to the northern boreal plains—specifically the remote wetlands near the border of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Detailed engraving and multiple finishes recreate the mighty forests that surround the whooping crane’s natural nesting grounds, where it builds its nest in the low vegetation that lines the shallow water. Skilfully carved to ensure a smooth edge, the crane-shaped cut-out re-creates the large bird’s unmistakable silhouette, which stands as a tribute to this great conservation icon. But the eye-catching element also delivers a powerful message; it’s a re-imagining of the landscape without its long-endangered summer resident. The reverse includes the word “CANADA”, the face value “30 DOLLARS” and the year “2017”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.