Canadian 2017 $15 Great Horned Owl Coin Features Glow-in-the-Dark Eyes


The Royal Canadian Mint this month introduced a series of 99.99% silver coins featuring the extraordinary eyes of some of Canada’s unique wildlife.

Canadian 2017 $15 Great Horned Owl Coin
The debuting coin in the Mint’s new series depicts a great horned owl. Click on the image to see its glow-in-the-dark features.

The 3-coin program, titled In The Eyes of Canada’s Wildlife, highlights some of the nation’s best nocturnal hunters with designs showcasing a new enamel effect along with glow-in-the-dark technology.

Leading the charge in the series is the 2017 $15 In The Eyes Of The Great Horned Owl Silver Glow-in-the-Dark Coin. It is available individually or may be ordered as part of a subscription.


Subsequent program releases will include an In the Eyes of the Lynx coin, which is targeted for November, and an In the Eyes of the Wolf coin, which is scheduled for December. All three coins have a limited mintage of only 6,500.

The eyes of the featured animal on each coin are treated with a new glossy enamel effect that adds to the depth of color seen. In addition, the eyes also contain glow-in-the-dark technology so they can glow when taken into darkness. Curtis Atwater is credited with the reverse design for all three coins.

An effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt is found on the coins’ obverse (heads side). Inscriptions circling the portrait include CANADA, 2017, ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA and the legal tender face value of 15 DOLLARS.

Canadian 2017 $15 Great Horned Owl Coin - Obverse
RCM image of the newest coin’s obverse

Additional specifications for the coins include a weight of 23.17 grams and a diameter of 36.07 mm. Each is produced to proof quality and includes a serialized certificate.


The debuting individual Great Horned Owl coin or the In The Eyes of Canada’s Wildlife subscription may be ordered directly from the Royal Canadian Mint at This affiliate link will take to the Mint’s current lineup of glow-in-the-dark coins.

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