This intricately engraved and finely coloured 2016 $20 silver lynx coin is part of the Majestic Animals series that celebrates Canada’s most distinctive and iconic animal species. The coin is double struck with proof finish and contains just over one ounce of pure silver. Mintage is limited to 6,500 coins. GST/HST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Denis Mayer Jr. presents a life-like depiction of the Canadian lynx deep in the boreal forest. With its head turned to the side, the lynx remains calm and composed as it crouches low on its perch atop a rocky outcrop, which provides it with a higher view of the area below. Selective colour highlights the meticulously engraved portrait of this wild felid, capturing it in fine detail—from the varying colours of its thick fur, the beard-like ruff on both sides of its face, and the black-tinged ear tufts. The coloured moss and grasses at its broad feet add a fresh tinge of green and brown colours that contrast beautifully with the pale-coloured lynx, all against the engraved forest that looms in the background.
The Canadian Lynx:
At home in the boreal forests that stretch across much of this country, the Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis) commands attention with its beautiful features and secretive ways. This wildcat is a skilled hunter that easily adapts to the changing seasons—an admirable trait that makes it one of Canada’s beloved iconic species, as celebrated in this fine silver coin.