One of the Royal Canadian Mint’s more interesting, smaller silver coins for 2016 is its Lucky Loonie which features a common loon with a stylized maple leaf in the background.
Struck in about 1/4 oz. of 99.99% pure silver to a proof finish, the collectible debuted toward the middle of the year with 91% of the possible 15,000 having since sold.
Priced at CAD $39.95, or about US $29.50, customers seem happy with the piece based on comments found on the coin’s product page. There are 73 reviews giving it an overall favorable rating of 4.6 stars out of 5.
The silver coin’s reverse, designed by Canadian artist Derek Wicks, shows the image of a loon on the water, poised for take-off with its arched body and outstretched wings. The maple leaf in the background is added to symbolize Canadian pride.
Completing the design are colorized Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team logos.
"In 2004, the Mint began issuing Lucky Loonie coins to celebrate Canada at every summer and winter Games," the Mint describes. "This year, the 2016 Lucky Loonie features a new look and design element — it’s engraved with the words LUCKY LOONIE / DOLLAR PORTE-BONHEUR, its popular moniker."
Obverses bear Susanna Blunt’s effigy of the Her Majesty with inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA, and DOLLAR.
Royal Canadian Mint specifications for the silver coin include:
- Mintage: 15,000
- Composition: fine silver (99.99% pure)
- Finish: proof
- Weight (g): 7.89
- Diameter (mm): 26.5
- Edge: plain
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 1 dollar
- Artist: Derek Wicks (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
Each ships encapsulated for protection and inside a Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.
Order the 2016 Lucky Loonie Silver Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca. The following affiliate link goes to the coin’s product page.
The Mint also issued circulation editions in 5-coin packs and special wrap rolls.