Canadian 2016 $20 Silver Coin Depicts American Goldfinch

by on September 2, 2016 · 6 comments

The Royal Canadian Mint is now offering the third of four collector coins in the Migratory Birds Convention Series, the 2016 $20 American Goldfinch Silver Proof Coin.

Canadian 2016 $20 American Goldfinch Silver Proof Coin

Shown here is the 2016 $20 American Goldfinch Silver Proof Coin, the third release from the Royal Canadian Mint’s Migratory Birds Convention Series

Limited to 6,500 and containing an ounce of 99.99% pure silver, the coin’s reverse or tails side features an American goldfinch taking flight in a rural landscape complete with an ancestral farmhouse, a split-rail fence and an aspen tree. The bird appears with wings spread high, revealing its elegant canary-like colors.

This design is the work of Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo. Added reverse inscriptions include D’Angelo’s initials of CD, the year 2016, and 20 DOLLARS for the coin’s face value.


Susanna Blunt’s effigy of the Queen appears on the obverse or heads side along with surrounding inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA, 1 OZ FINE SILVER 9999 and 1 OZ ARGENT PUR 9999.

The complete four-coin collection depicts the:

  • Mountain Bluebird (released in April)
  • American Avocet (released in June)
  • American Goldfinch (this release)
  • Pileated Woodpecker (ships in November 2016)

All bear colorful designs showcasing the North American bird. Series coin specifications from the Royal Canadian Mint include:

  • Mintage: 6,500
  • Composition: 99.99% pure silver
  • Finish: proof
  • Weight (g): 31.39
  • Diameter (mm): 38
  • Edge: serrated
  • Certificate: serialized
  • Face value: 20 dollars
  • Reverse Artist: Claudio D’Angelo
  • Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt


Pricing per coin is CAD $99.95, or about US $76. The silver coin is available from the Royal Canadian Mint at An affiliate link to the coin’s product page is right here.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling September 3, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Wait till you see the new niobium dragonfly coin that we RCM Masters Club members were offered the other day! Each iridescent dragonfly is hand-made by a jeweler & attached to the coin. Beautiful coin & will sell out fast!


Seth Riesling September 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Also the new RCM 4-coin square 1.5 ounce silver coins sold as a set only that form a Canadian Maple Leaf! Very nice. They will be offered to the public soon. I ordered both the niobium dragonfly coin & this square coin set early as a Platinum Masters Club member & can’t wait to see them in person.

Happy collecting everyone!


ed September 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

Does anyone else pay tax on the Canada mint products or is it just charged in NY State?

Seth Riesling September 6, 2016 at 2:49 pm

ed –

It is per each state’s sales tax laws (also the RCM uses a brokerage company in New York state for shipping USA orders). As a Texas resident, they don’t charge sales tax on my RCM coin purchases. Some states charge tax on the coins & on the shipping charges. As a RCM Masters Club member, I get free Fed Ex S&H & no state of Texas sales tax. Such a deal !


ed September 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm

As a RCM Masters Club Platinum Plus member, I used to get free Fed Ex S&H & no state of NY sales tax. Such a deal ! Now they want me to pay over 8% tax on my orders. Rip-off!! This is one of many reasons my son and MANY others are moving to Austin, and the GREAT State of Texas. Now sales taxes on mint products, how much do they need? I will not buy from them again, my loss, but I refuse to submit the larceny mandated by NY State.

Seth Riesling September 6, 2016 at 7:31 pm

ed –

I feel your anger, especially since we collectors have to consider S&H & insurance & taxes as the total cost of buying a particular coin & it can really add up for sure!
Texas is one of only 7 states that has never had a state (or city or county income tax), but our state retail sales tax is 8.25 percent. Some states exempt coins & or bullion from sales taxes, but others do not or only over a certain $ amount. You can check it all out by looking up the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) which is the numismatic lobby organization in Washington DC that works on numismatic taxation issues for dealers & collectors.
Austin is Great! (“Keep Austin Weird”) & is like a small country within Texas!
Good luck to you & your Austin-bound family & friends.


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