2015 Winter Freeze Silver Coin Features Evening Grosbeak


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

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… Read more »