Walking in the footsteps of the woodland caribou allows for a glimpse of Canada’s unspoiled natural beauty of a vast landscape and a rugged wilderness that seems untouched by time. This 2017 $20 one ounce fine silver coin celebrates a beloved Canadian species and a national icon that is at home in the remote areas of Canada’s expansive boreal forest. Mintage is limited to just 7,500 coins. GST/HST exempt.
The design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo features a side profile view of a woodland caribou in Canada’s northern boreal forest. Detailed engraving captures the both the caribou and the scenery in stunning detail, all enhanced by the use of various finishing techniques. In the background, the tall coniferous trees line the edges of a still lake; the only sense of movement comes from the stocky and long-legged caribou, whose large rack of antlers naturally draws the viewer’s eye. As the caribou moves along the sandy lakeshore, its hooves leave a trail of prints. The entire design gains an added sense of movement through the caribou’s distinctive hoof prints, which are engraved on the coin’s edge in a continuous pattern.