Canadian 2017 $20 Coin Features Caribou Tracks Along Edge


A new Royal Canadian Mint coin features a mature caribou within Canada’s boreal forest. Adding to its appeal, caribou tracks are all along the coin’s edge.

2017 $20 Woodland Caribou 1 oz. Silver Coin
Obverse, edge and reverse views of the Canadian 2017 $20 Woodland Caribou 1 oz. Silver Coin

Struck in an ounce of 99.99% pure silver and designed by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo, the silver coin’s reverse shows a side profile of woodland caribou walking along a sandy lakeshore, with its hooves leaving a trail of prints. Trees lining the edges of a still lake appear in the background.

"The detailed design is brought to life through precision engraving, which is in turn enhanced by the use of various finishing techniques," the Royal Canadian Mint promotes.

Inscribed left of the scene are CANADA and 2017, with the coin’s face value of 20 DOLLARS atop the lake. The letters CD are off to the right, for the artist’s initials.

Obverses feature the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions of ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.

Specifications for the silver coin include:

  • Mintage: 7,500
  • Composition: 99.99% pure silver
  • Finish: matte proof
  • Weight (g): 31.39
  • Diameter (mm): 38
  • Edge: plain with edge pattern
  • Certificate: not serialized
  • Face value: 20 dollars
  • Reverse Artist: Claudio D’Angelo
  • Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt


Priced at CAD $102.95, or about US $78.50, the 2017 $20 Woodland Caribou 1 oz. Silver Coin is available from the Royal Canadian Mint at An affiliate link to the coin’s product page is right here.

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

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Interesting feature for the edge, but not enough to get to me buy. I will take a silver bullion coin over a fancy dancy proof any day. I’m looking forward to what the major mints are thinking about down the line when it comes to edge designs.


Seth Riesling

Mouse –

An animal, a miniature caribou, has left its footprints on the edge of this coin! Lol
US $78 for US $18 worth of silver?! – maybe if the mintage was 4,000-5,000. But at 7,500 I will pass on it also.

The COA is serialized. This article states it is not serialized.