2018 Burrowing Owl Specimen Set

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Country: Canada
Year: 2018

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Where open grasslands provide unobstructed views, the long-legged burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) stays close to the ground and its subterranean nest. This bespeckled summer resident of CanadaÕs Prairie Provinces is one of our smaller-sized owls, and its features are beautifully showcased on the aureate dollar coin that is at the heart of this 2018 Specimen Set.

Canadian artist Pierre Girard captures the beauty of an endangered prairie species on the reverse of this one-dollar specimen coin. Viewed from the side, the pigeon-sized burrowing owl presents a three-quarter profile that allows for close examination of its stilt-like legs and mottled plumage. Its head is turned towards the rear as the bird of prey fixes its gaze on something that lies to the right, beyond the coinÕs rim; this positioning provides a view of the birdÕs facial features, including the beak and large eyes that give the owl a wise and studious expression. Blades of grass rise up behind it, alluding to its nesting grounds in CanadaÕs open prairies and grasslands, while small mounds of dirt hint at the owlÕs unique penchant for nesting in underground burrows. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The Royal Canadian Mint is the only mint in the world to offer such a set in our exclusive specimen finish, which combines brilliant and frosted relief over a lined specimen (matte)background.


Produced By: RCM
Year: 2018

Material: Other
Weight: 30.26 grams

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Burrowing Owl
Finish: Specimen
Quantity Produced: 30000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian,Royal Canadian Mint,Canada's Money

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