The Royal Canadian Mint unveils another innovative piece to its collection with the release of its 2017 $20 The Little Brown Bat 1 oz. Pure Silver Coin.
Limited to 7,000 coins, this collectible marks the second 99.99% pure silver coin from the Mint’s Nocturnal by Nature series with selective design elements in black rhodium plating. The first coin, featuring a barn owl, is at 90% of sales.
Designed by Canadian artist Calder Moore, the collector coin’s reverse or tails side depicts a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and an enlarged moon. The moon alone lacks rhodium plating, appearing to shine through a dark sky night.
"Tilt your coin to alter your perception of the plating’s hue, which varies from a dark black colour to a gun-metal grey, and adds to the contemporary look and feel of the overall design," describes the Royal Canadian Mint.
Above the bat and moon is CANADA. Below them are 20 DOLLARS and 2017. Moore’s initials of ‘CM’ appear under the bat’s left wing.
Coin obverses show Susanna Blunt’s effigy of the Queen in silver with a background of black rhodium plating.
Around the portrait — to the left and right — are inscriptions of ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.
Major specifications for Nocturnal by Nature series coins include:
- Mintage: 7,000
- Composition: 99.99% pure silver
- Finish: matte proof
- Weight (g): 31.39
- Diameter (mm): 38
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 20 dollars
- Reverse Artist: Calder Moore
- Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt
Place orders for the 2017 $20 The Little Brown Bat 1 oz. Pure Silver Coin on the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca. An affiliate link to the coin’s product page is right here. Pricing is CAD $119.95, which is about US $95.
Each coin is encapsulated and ships in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.