2015 Winter Freeze Silver Coin Features Evening Grosbeak

by Darrin Lee Unser on December 2, 2015 · 1 comment

Winter is on the horizon for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and the Royal Canadian Mint is celebrating the season and a bird who endures it with a new one-ounce, 99.99% pure silver coin.

2015 Weather Phenomenon Winter Freeze Silver Coin

2015 Weather Phenomenon: Winter Freeze 1 oz. Silver Coin

Limited to 8,000 with 77% already sold, the Mint’s 2015 Weather Phenomenon: Winter Freeze Silver Coin features a classic Canadian winter scene with three evening grosbeaks enhanced with selective coloring.

2015 Winter Freeze Silver Coin Designs and Specifications

Canadian artists Tony Bianco and Arnold Nogy created the unique artwork found on the coin’s reverse or tails side. In the design, three evening grosbeaks are perched on ice-covered branches of a tree. The birds and berries of the tree appear in vibrant colors. In the distance, a traditional Canadian countryside is shown. Lastly, a high gloss overlay recreates the glistening ice veneer of a winter freeze. The enhanced finish is a Mint first.


CANADA, 2015 and the legal tender face value of 20 DOLLARS are inscribed around the design.

The obverse offers Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscribed around the effigy are ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.

Mint-provided specifications include:

  • Mintage: 8000
  • Composition: 99.99% pure silver
  • Finish: proof
  • Weight (g): 31.39
  • Diameter (mm): 38
  • Edge: serrated
  • Certificate: serialized
  • Face value: 20 dollars
  • Reverse Artist: Tony Bianco and Arnold Nogy
  • Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt


2015 Weather Phenomenon: Winter Freeze 1 oz. Silver Coins are available from the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca. This affiliate linkicon goes directly to the coin’s product page.

Current pricing is listed as CAD $99.95 (~US $75). Each coin is encapsulated and ships in a Royal Canadian Mint maroon display case.

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Seth Riesling December 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

Darrin Lee Unser –

Thank you for this late news on a beautiful Royal Canadian Mint ground-breaking coin! The stunning coin graces the cover of the RCM 2015 #11 catalog mailed to customers over a month ago. The catalog cover states “Collect Our First Ice-Effect Coin – Inside! In stores and at Mint.ca starting November 3” and features a large image of the colorful coin on the cover & also on the inside of the front cover with specifications depicting the fine detail & color of nature’s beauty in winter.
As your article states, 77% of the low mintage of 8,000 coins are already sold, making an amazing gift for the holidays it looks like from the response of customers. The popularity of this groundbreaking coin is probably due in part to it being the first RCM coin with a high gloss overlay that gives the appearance of ice on the tree limbs & red berries. It makes me feel cold just holding this numismatic masterpiece with fond memories of having lived in the north of Japan & in the Bavaria region of Germany where such scenes are similar in wintertime. Get your cup of hot cocoa, sit back & relax & enjoy the view as this breathtaking coin increases your enjoyment of the tripartite coin hobby/industry/science. And just maybe you might receive a nice “dividend” when the coin sells out if you purchase an extra one to sell in the secondary market. This is the U.S.A. afterall, where i live, & capitalism & greed reign best at holiday time!
Speaking of dividends Mr Darrin Lee Unser, your readers should know that CoinNews.net is a member of the RCM’s “affiliate program” and receives a 5% fee on the total purchase price for each time a reader clicks on the light blue hyperlinks in your articles & makes a coin purchase.
Let’s all support this Unser family coin blog website which brings us the most up-to-date numismatic news to keep us informed on late-breaking coin news!
Thank you again Darrin Lee Unser, Mike Unser & Rhonda (Kay) Unser for a fine numismatic blog website. I wish you all Happy Holidays & Season’s Greetings from warm Texas (Hanukkah is just around the corner starting the night of December 6th, so 8 of these coins would make great gelt gifts for my family, friends & business associates.) Lucky money for sure! Happy collecting to everyone.


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