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.
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 mint.ca. 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.