2017 $30 Endangered Animal Cutout: Whooping Crane - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932085527

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Country: Canada
Year: 2017

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The photogenic whooping crane (Grus americana) is North America’s tallest bird. It’s also one of our rarest avian friends and the focus of intensive conservation efforts over the last few decades. We continue our exploration of Canada’s at-risk species with this second coin in a series, featuring a uniquely shaped cutout that delivers a powerful message about the plight of this endangered species.

The reverse design by Canadian artist Trevor Tennant whisks the viewer to the northern boreal plains—specifically the remote wetlands near the border of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Detailed engraving and multiple finishes recreate the mighty forests that surround the whooping crane’s natural nesting grounds, where it builds its nest in the low vegetation that lines the shallow water. Skilfully carved to ensure a smooth edge, the crane-shaped cut-out re-creates the large bird’s unmistakable silhouette, which stands as a tribute to this great conservation icon. But the eye-catching element also delivers a powerful message; it’s a re-imagining of the landscape without its long-endangered summer resident. The reverse includes the word “CANADA”, the face value “30 DOLLARS” and the year “2017”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

With mintage limited to just 5,500 coins, this piece of numismatic art is a wonderful addition to any collection, and is sure to be prized by art lovers, nature enthusiasts and collectors alike!


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 30 Dollars
Year: 2017

Diameter: 54 mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 56.3 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.807 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Whooping Crane Silhouette
Artist: Trevor Tennant
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 5500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Wildlife, Nature, Canadiana

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