This $30 fine silver glow-in-the-dark coin is the final coin in the extremely popular Animals in the Moonlight series, and features a Great Horned Owl under the light of a full moon. Canadian artist Curtis Atwater has created a quintessential scene of log cabins nestled in the northern forest during a full moon on a clear winter night. A great horned owl is perched in a tree nearby, unruffled by the wind as it blows snow off the branches above. Its gaze is intent as it surveys the surroundings for signs of a potential meal. Firelight glows from the windows of the cabins, and the viewer is compelled to wonder if the people inside are aware of the magnificent bird perched just outside.
Using a large 54 mm two ounce fine silver format, the remarkable design comes to life in the dark as it luminesces to create a breathtaking nighttime scene. With newly developed technology, the glow effect appears in full colour with variable intensity. The resulting effect creates a glow from the moon and that shines brightly and appears to radiate across the scene. The light glimmers and sparkles on the fresh snow, trees, stars and windows when viewed in the dark. The effect is revealed after placing the coin in a light source for 30 to 60 seconds, then viewing in a dark room.
This series follows the glow-in-the-dark Moonlight Fireflies and Northern Lights Wolf coins, both of which sold old immediately and have appreciated significantly in the secondary market. Previous coins in this new series have also sold out quickly from the RCM. Mintage is limited to just 4,000 coins, adding to its scarcity and collectability. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST / GST exempt.