Specimen Set - Tundra Swan (2016)

Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)

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Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)

$49.95 CAD
Mintage: 30,000
Canada and US only

An affordable set—a hit with nature lovers!

No other mint in the world issues coins with a specimen finish that combines brilliant and frosted relief on a lined background. It's a highly collectible feature that is bolstered by yet another—the unique tundra swan design on this set's loonie!

A welcome addition to a coin set collection, or as a gift to someone to start theirs. Order your set today!

Special features:
  • UNIQUE COIN! As with all Canadian "loonies," your tundra swan coin—only found in this set—features an 11-sided shape and raised edging.
  • Your specimen coin set is only one of two annual opportunities in 2016 for you to own a complete specimen set.
  • SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The set comes in book-style packaging with a serialized certificate and a removable lens, which allows collectors to enjoy and proudly showcase the set.
  • UNIQUE COIN FINISH! The finish on your coins combines brilliant and frosted relief over a lined background. No other mint in the world offers coins with this kind of finish.

About the Design:

The one-dollar coin in the 2016 specimen set of Canadian coins features a reverse image by Canadian artist Glen Scrimshaw. Beautifully depicted in its natural setting, the tundra swan is particularly resplendent with features that are brought to life through finely detailed engraving and the unique combination of finishes. As with all Canadian "loonies," this coin features an 11-sided shape and raised edging.

Did you know...
  • One of only two native swan species, Canada's tundra swan (Cygnus columbianus) is the very picture of elegance with its snowy white plumage and long, slender neck. This large waterfowl is a graceful summer resident of the Arctic region, where pairs establish nests on the tundra and near the lakes and waterways that are a rich source of food. Come September, these birds gather in large flocks for an annual migration that sends them flying over many parts of Canada, on a journey south to coastal areas that will provide them refuge from the winter's cold.
  • The tundra swan was formally known as a "whistling swan" but not because it was actually able to whistle—it earned the moniker from the sound made by its wings while in flight.
  • Their white plumage can take on a reddish tinge in areas that are iron-rich.
  • Young swans begin their courtship in late winter and will "date" for a year before they actually breed; this strong bond is likely to last throughout their lives.
  • Pairs affirm their bond with "victory" displays: facing one another, they slowly flap their wings while stretching their neck, keeping their heads bowed as they vocalize their pairing through a duet.
  • It's easy to mistake a trumpeter swan for a tundra swan, and vice-versa. The two species look very similar but sound different: while the trumpeter has a deep, trumpet-like voice (hence the name), the tundra swan has more melodious vocals.

Packaging:

Your specimen set comes in elegant book-style packaging, with removable lens, that complements your beautiful coins.

Order your specimen set today!

Reviews

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Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)
 
4.6

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Displays well (55)
  • Mint condition (52)
  • Detailed (48)
  • Authentic (47)
  • Rare (11)

Cons

  • Common (7)

Best Uses

  • Hobby (59)
  • Adults (40)
  • Lifetime (28)
  • Memorabilia (26)
  • Teenagers (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Collector (55), Grandparent (38), Parent of two or more children (20), Education oriented (9), Working parent (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (58), Yes (13)

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4.0

GOOD QUALITY

By Feathers

from Burnaby, B.C.

About Me Grandparent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Detailed
  • Displays Well

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adults

    Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

    I liked the product. Nice to have these year after year. Hope to see more to come.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Specimen Set - Tundra Swan 2016

    By darleO

    from Owen Sound Ontario

    About Me Grandparent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Authentic
    • Detailed
    • Displays Well
    • Mint Condition

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adults

      Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

      Collecting the bird series as a part of a coin collection. I wish RCM would consider upgrading the metals to pure silver, and gold plating for the $2, $1, .50, .25, and .10.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Very nice product

      By Big E

      from Renton, WA

      About Me Collector, Grandparent, Parent of Two or More Children

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Detailed
      • Displays Well
      • Mint Condition

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adults
        • Hobby
        • Lifetime
        • Memorabilia
        • Older Children
        • Teens
        • Young Children

        Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

        I enjoy collecting the yearly sets.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Very nice Set

        By Jim

        from Upstate New York

        About Me Collector

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Displays Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adults
          • Hobby
          • Lifetime
          • Older Children
          • Teens

          Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

          Canada has beautiful coins. Great quality.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          extra special gift

          By Pat

          from Brampton Ontario Canada

          About Me Collector, Grandparent, Parent of Two or More Children

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Authentic
          • Beautifully Packaged
          • Detailed
          • Displays Well
          • Mint Condition

          Cons

          • Na

          Best Uses

          • Adults
          • Hobby
          • Lifetime
          • Memorabilia
          • Older Children
          • Teens
          • Young Children

          Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

          This set will be given to my grand-nephew when he is born later this summer. All my kids, grand'kids , nieces and nephews have sets for their birth years as well as for special occasions. Not only is a nice gift but never loses its value.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Good item

          By Grandad

          from Kelowna, B. C. .

          About Me Grandparent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Authentic
          • Detailed
          • Displays Well
          • Mint Condition

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Memorabilia
            • Older Children

            Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

            Gift to Grandson as done for 20 years.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Tundra Swan worthy of purchase

            By Captain Kidf

            from Graham, NC

            About Me Collectors, Education Oriented, Parent of Two or More Children

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Displays Well
            • Mint Condition
            • Worthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adults
              • Hobby
              • Lifetime
              • Memorabilia
              • Older Children
              • Teens
              • Young Children

              Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

              Great addition to your coin collection. H

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              I hope to buy this product annually.

              By ole timer

              from Helena, MT

              About Me Collector, Grandparent, Parent of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent of Two or More Children

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Authentic
              • Displays Well
              • Mint Condition

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hobby

                Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

                Very nice item to add to my collection.

                 
                4.0

                Very good set!

                By Willpe

                from Lima, Peru

                About Me Collector

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Authentic
                • Detailed
                • Displays Well
                • Mint Condition

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hobby

                  Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

                  A piece of Canada in my collection.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Specimen Set - Tundra Swan [2016]

                  By Earl

                  from Lewistown, Montana

                  About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Set
                  • Mint Condition

                  Cons

                  • There Are None

                  Best Uses

                  • Adults

                  Comments about Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016):

                  It completes my collections

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  • Q:

                    Will the RCM be issuing a Special Edition Specimen Set in addition to this release for 2016?
                    Asked on 9/9/2016 by Hank Scorpio from Canada

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Sorry Hank - we don't announce our product line up ahead of their release. If you sign up for our email newsletter you will be amongst the first to know if we launch a Special Edition Specimen Set.

                      Answered on 9/14/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    can I purchase previous years?
                    Asked on 7/24/2016 by james from Victoria BC

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      No, sorry only this years version is available directly from us.

                      Answered on 7/25/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    Was wondering if you could buy brand new 2016 loonies right from the mint. It's my sisters sixtieth birthday and I would like to get her sixty new loonies.
                    Asked on 2/27/2016 by Nanc from Kingston

                    2 answers

                    • A:

                      You may buy 100th Women Vote Anniversary loonies. Five for $5. The limit is one per household, but if you get 11 friends to do same, you will have your sixty loonies!

                      Answered on 4/29/2016 by YvesO from Temiscaming, Quebec
                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Hi Nanc - that's a great idea! I hope that your sister has a great birthday.

                      Unfortunately, we don't sell general circulation coins, only collector's editions. You may want to check with a local bank branch to see if they can order some in for you.

                      Answered on 2/29/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    You also usually offer a proof set that includes the silver dollar. Will the proof set with silver dollar be produced for 2016, too?
                    Asked on 2/23/2016 by Emanuel from Ottawa, ON

                    1 answer

                  • Q:

                    Are these Proof coins or just uncirculated? Thanks fro the help...
                    Asked on 2/18/2016 by Tom from Canmore AB

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Thank you for your question. These coins are neither proof or uncirculated, but are specimen finish. The specimen finish combines brilliant and frosted relief over a lined background. No other mint in the world offers coins with this kind of finish.

                      Answered on 2/22/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    Is the Tundra Swan loony only available through this set or will it be circulated as part of regular coinage sometime this year?
                    Asked on 2/14/2016 by Calidris from Ottawa, ON

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Hi Calidris - the tundra swan is only available in this set and will not enter general circulation.

                      Answered on 2/17/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    What and when is the second specimen set date and design....the first being tundra swan....thx. ..I mite want both but would like to know be I spend the money.... A usually happy customer
                    Asked on 2/9/2016 by Ron from Barrie On .Canada

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Hi Ron

                      Themes and designs of future coins (and sets like this one) are kept secret until their official release date. We advise signing up for our newsletter so that you will receive emails from the Mint and be among the first to hear when specimen sets are released.

                      Answered on 2/10/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    is it the 6 coin set for 49.95 or just the dollar coin?
                    Asked on 2/5/2016 by rocco from lansing michigan

                    2 answers

                    • A:

                      just the dollar coin

                      Answered on 2/10/2016 by sparrow from Ottawa ON
                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      $49.95 is the price for the entire set, including the dollar.

                      Answered on 2/8/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    what is a " specimen " finish?
                    Asked on 2/4/2016 by Mark from Woodbine, GA, USA

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Specimen finish coins have a higher quality than uncirculated coins – the finish combines brilliant and frosted relief (raised foreground) over a lined field (background). We are the ONLY mint in the world that offers this finish. This is a great set for those interested in collecting on a budget.

                      Answered on 2/5/2016 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    Are all the coins in this set from 2016? The nickle looks as if it's from 2014.
                    Asked on 2/4/2016 by Curious from Calgary, AB

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      All coins are from 2016.

                      Answered on 2/5/2016 by Anonymous
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                  Specifications

                  • No.149524

                  2 dollars

                  • Composition outer ring: three-ply nickel finish plated steel; inner core: brass-plated aluminum bronze
                  • Finish specimen
                  • Weight (g) 6.99
                  • Diameter (mm) 28
                  • Edgeinterrupted serrations
                  • ArtistBrent Townsend (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

                  1 dollar

                  • Composition brass plated steel
                  • Finish specimen
                  • Weight (g) 6.27
                  • Diameter (mm) 26.5
                  • Edgeplain
                  • ArtistGlen Scrimshaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

                  50 cents

                  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
                  • Finish specimen
                  • Weight (g) 6.9
                  • Diameter (mm) 27.13
                  • Edgereeded
                  • ArtistThomas Shingles (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

                  25 cents

                  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
                  • Finish specimen
                  • Weight (g) 4.4
                  • Diameter (mm) 23.88
                  • Edgereeded
                  • ArtistEmmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

                  10 cents

                  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
                  • Finish specimen
                  • Weight (g) 1.75
                  • Diameter (mm) 18.06
                  • Edgereeded
                  • ArtistEmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

                  5 cents

                  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
                  • Finish specimen
                  • Weight (g) 3.95
                  • Diameter (mm) 21.2
                  • Edgeplain
                  • ArtistG.E. Kruger Gray (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)