Where open grasslands provide unobstructed views, the long-legged burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) stays close to the ground and its subterranean nest. This bespeckled summer resident of Canada’s Prairie Provinces is one of our smaller-sized owls, and its features are beautifully showcased on the aureate dollar coin that is at the heart of this 2018 Specimen Set.
Packaging; Book-style packaging with removable lens and serialized certificate. CD lens concept with maroon outer cover and black beauty box.
- ENDANGERED BEAUTY: This 2018 offering shines the spotlight on an endangered species, the burrowing owl, which is known for nesting in underground burrows throughout the open prairies and grasslands.
- EXCLUSIVE TO THE SET: The superb, avian-themed dollar coin can only be found as part of this set!
- ANNUAL FAVOURITE: The Royal Canadian Mint is the only mint in the world to offer such a set in our exclusive specimen finish, which combines brilliant and frosted relief over a lined specimen (matte) background.
- NATURAL ARTISTRY: Precision engraving allows for a wealth of fine details, resulting in a stunning engraved portrait of a fascinating prairie species.
- READY TO DISPLAY: These six coins (2-dollar, 1-dollar, 50-cent, 25-cent, 10-cent and 5-cent) are elegantly presented in book-style packaging, with a serialized certificate and a removable lens designed to enhance your enjoyment of these coins with every repeat viewing.
- AN AFFORDABLE GIFT OR ADDITION to any collection, particularly those featuring a bird, wildlife or nature theme. It is also a great way to start one’s collecting journey!
Canadian artist Pierre Girard captures the beauty of an endangered prairie species on the reverse of this one-dollar specimen coin. Viewed from the side, the pigeon-sized burrowing owl presents a three-quarter profile that allows for close examination of its stilt-like legs and mottled plumage. Its head is turned towards the rear as the bird of prey fixes its gaze on something that lies to the right, beyond the coin’s rim; this positioning provides a view of the bird’s facial features, including the beak and large eyes that give the owl a wise and studious expression. Blades of grass rise up behind it, alluding to its nesting grounds in Canada’s open prairies and grasslands, while small mounds of dirt hint at the owl’s unique penchant for nesting in underground burrows. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.