A new series debuts from the Royal Canadian Mint with its 2014 Baby Beaver 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin.
It’s the first issue from the Mint’s new baby animal series with 89% of the available 7,500 already sold. Shown on the coin’s reverse is a colored design featuring two beavers.
"No other animal has had a greater impact on Canada’s history as the beaver," describes the Royal Canadian Mint on its website. "This iconic animal, which was highly prized for its fur, can be found in lakes, rivers and ponds all across Canada where it lives as part of a close-knit family unit."
The beaver is a semi-aquatic rodent known to build dams on rivers and streams aided by their powerful front teeth, webbed hind-feet, and broad tail. The ponds created by these dams serve as homes for their lodges.
Baby Beaver Silver Coin Designs and Specifications
Designed by Canadian artist Glen Loates, the reverse depicts a kit and its mother amidst the grasses and leaves along a riverbank. The baby beaver appears in full color as it gnaws on a small branch. Above, the mother is seen using her powerful front teeth on a larger branch also in color. Inscribed around the scene is 20 DOLLARS, CANADA and 2014.
Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on coin’s obverse. Inscribed around the portrait are ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.
Each Baby Beaver coin is struck from one ounce of .9999 fine silver and has the following specifications:
- Mintage: 7500
- Finish: proof
- Weight (g): 31.39
- Diameter (mm): 38
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 20 dollars
- Reverse Artist: Glen Loates
- Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt
The 2014 Baby Beaver 1 Oz. Fine Silver Coin is available for CAD $99.95, or about US $93.30. Ordering and additional information is available on the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca, or by using this affiliate link to RCM new coin releases.
Baby animal series coins are encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box. A serialized certificate is also included. The Mint has not yet announced upcoming baby animal series coins.