This 2016 $20 coin celebrates Canada’s most distinctive and iconic animal species. This coin has been beautifully created by the Royal Canadian Mint struck in one ounce of pure silver with intricate engraving and selective colour. Mintage of each is limited at 6,500. GST/HST exempt.
The design features a wildlife portrait of a plains bison in a natural setting. The land grazing animal is shown in three-quarter profile against the rolling foothills in the background, where the tall trees give a sense of the bison’s height in this open space. Rich selective colour gives the wild bovine a life-like appearance, while highly detailed engraving captures the texture of its dark-brown shaggy hair and the roundness of its distinctive shoulder hump. The bison has raised its head and gazes off beyond the image field to the right, allowing for a better view of the horns on its head and its facial features. The green, yellow and white colours of the grasses and wildflowers at its feet give a sense of the diversity of plant life in its grassland habitat, while the engraved forest and hills behind it convey the rugged beauty of Canada’s wilderness.