A unique collector coin from the Royal Canadian Mint sports a polar bear in jade with two engraved cubs in an Arctic scene.
Limited to 8,500 and struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality, the polished gemstone adds extra interest to Canadians as it was mined in British Columbia, one of the world’s top jade producers. It is only the second coin from the Mint to feature the stone. The first was last year’s 2014 $20 Majestic Maple Leaves Silver Coin.
"Just got mine today and the jade is well done," comments Alex of New Brunswick in the customer review section on the coin’s product page. "This coin looks way better in hand then on the website. Was not sure about this coin but am now happy I purchased one. Thanks RCM."
Designed by Canadian artist Cindy Deborah Sorley-Keichinger, the coin’s foreground shows a mother polar bear with her two cubs as they made their way to the tip of an ice pack. Tails of two whales, smaller scattered icebergs and a large expanse of ocean waters appear in the background. Surrounding the Arctic scene are inscriptions CANADA, 2015, 20 DOLLARS, and the artist’s initials CDSK.
Obverses feature Susanna Blunt’s effigy of the Her Majesty with inscriptions of ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.
Royal Canadian Mint specifications for the silver coin include:
- Mintage: 8,500
- Composition: fine silver (99.99% pure)
- Finish: proof with jade
- Weight (g): 31.39
- Diameter (mm): 38
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 20 dollars
- Artist: Cindy Deborah Sorley-Keichinger (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Each coin ships encapsulated for protection and inside a Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.
Priced at CAD $114.95, or about US $94, order the 2015 $20 Polar Bear Silver Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca. The following affiliate link goes to the coin’s product page.