The coin’s reverse brings life to one of Canada’s most iconic birds, which is closely identified with the Arctic region.
Exquisitely detailed engraving faithfully depicts a snowy owl, as seen in a natural setting in one of the many open fields that are part of the Canadian landscape.
Vibrant colour enhances the engraving and recreates the snowy owl’s distinctively dense white and brown-barred plumage.
Your coin is GST/HST exempt.
About the Design: Designed by Canadian artist Douglas Laird, your coin features a beautiful snowy owl after the first snow. Intricately engraved and beautifully enhanced with vibrant colour, this unique close-up allows a magnificent view of this majestic creature’s remarkable features, from its rounded head and black bill to the down-covered legs and toes. Perched on a dried piece of wood in a rolling field, the owl’s brown-barred white plumage allows for an element of camouflage amidst its natural surroundings—particularly as the softly falling snow blankets the landscape. Using its acute hearing, the snowy owl has detected our intrusion and has swiveled its head to spy the viewer with the big, yellow eyes that help it seek its prey throughout the seasons.
Did you know…
The snowy owl is an important part of the ecosystem of the Arctic tundra and is protected from hunting across Canada.
In 1987, it was named the official bird of the province of Quebec.
Snowy owls prefer wide-open spaces across their vast range.
The species breeds in the Arctic region and have wintering grounds in southern Canada, the northern United States, and Russia. Some birds remain in the Arctic year-round while others migrate intermittently.
In the spring, owls will hop from snow patch to snow patch as the snow disappears from their wintering grounds; some experts believe they do this to remain camouflaged.
Packaging: Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a graphic beauty box.