6-Coin Specimen Set - Burrowing Owl (2018)

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6-Coin Specimen Set - Burrowing Owl (2018)

$51.95 CAD
Mintage: 30,000
Canada and US only

Your stunning burrowing owl coin is exclusive to this 6-coin specimen set! Order today!

Each coin is this annual set features our world-exclusive specimen finish, which combines brilliant and frosted relief over a lined (matte) background. Elegantly presented in book-style packaging with a serialized certificate and a removable lens for easy viewing.

An affordable way to inspire your grandchild's coin collecting interest! Order your 6-coin specimen set today!

Special features:
  • ENDANGERED BEAUTY! Your 2018 specimen set shines the spotlight on an endangered species, the burrowing owl, which is known for nesting in underground burrows throughout the open prairies and grasslands.
  • EXCLUSIVE TO YOUR SET! Your superb burrowing owl coin is found only as part of this set!
  • ANNUAL FAVOURITE! 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.
  • NATURAL ARTISTRY! Precision engraving allows for a wealth of fine details, resulting in a stunning engraved portrait of a fascinating prairie species.
  • READY TO DISPLAY! Your six coins (2-dollar, 1-dollar, 50-cent, 25-cent, 10-cent and 5-cent) are elegantly presented in book-style packaging, with a serialized certificate and a removable lens designed to enhance your enjoyment of these coins with every repeat viewing.

About the Design:

Canadian artist Pierre Girard captures the beauty of an endangered prairie species on your 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 coin's rim; this positioning provides a view of the bird's 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 Canada's open prairies and grasslands, while small mounds of dirt hint at the owl's unique penchant for nesting in underground burrows. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…

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 Canada's Prairie Provinces is one of our smaller-sized owls, and is beautifully featured on the reverse of the dollar coin in our 2018 Specimen Set.

The burrowing owl's short tail, stilt-like legs and lack of ear tufts give it a different profile than most owls. Its nesting behaviour also sets it apart, for this endangered species prefers to roost and nest in underground burrows vacated by prairie dogs, foxes and ground squirrels. And while the owl's plumage allows it to blend in with its surroundings, those wise-looking yellow eyes are unmistakable as they seek out prey from a slightly elevated vantage point, whether it's a thicket, a fencepost or a mound of dirt.


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

Order your burrowing owl 6-coin specimen set today!


Quick service and I have been doing this for a few years now


This is a gift for my grandson. I want him to appreciate coin collecting as I have.


Mississauga, Ontario


would buy this type of product again


add to my collection

marky mark

almonte ontario


Great specimen set.


Another great yearly release by the Mint. The animal specimen set is a great set to add to your collection.

Crazy Uncle

Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada


Early Christmas shopping for 2018.


I have been buying this series for a grand-son for approx 18 years...always look forward to it.

Ben W

Fredericton, NB


I like to buy these types of sets as gifts for my husband.


My husband loves it.


Rocky Mountain House, AB Canada


I would buy if the occasion below applies.


I buy one of these special bird loonies to celebrate the birth of an infant within the family. I buy the coin for the year in which the child is born.




I'm glad I bought it.


I like coins with animals on them.


chicago, illinois


This is a good product and I didn't hesitate to buy it.


I really do like the various types of commemorative coin sets, but I think it is something of a "sacrilege" or at least an insult to our wonderful Canadian coinage to often replace our internationally-known dollar-coin, the Loonie which displays a Loon with anything else you seem to whimsically decide.

The Blue Duck

Lindsay, ON


Great product. Poor delivery


Great product but use anyone to deliver it other Canada Post They provide a terrible service in my area


Truro, Nova Scotia


Nice set, very high quality


Very good quality and affordable set


El cajon, CA



4.7 50


Can one purchase four sets or is this set limited to one only.


Hello and thank you for submitting your question. You can purchase more than one set at a time. There is no limit on the amount a customer can purchase.

Chantal (Customer Service)

Hi, Is each coin incased in a plastic casing?


Hello Ewic and thank you for submitting your question. The coins are not encapsulated but are inserted in a book-style packaging, with a removable lens .

Chantal (Customer Service)

Is Product #164602 available? If so why can't I order it?

Platinum Member

Hi, thank you for submitting your question. Coin 164602, the 6-coin Specimen Set is available at and through our Customer Solutions Centre as of February 6th 2018 while supplies last.

Hi...will the Burrowing Owl Loonie be available separately & will it be in circulation later this year? Thx


Hi Donna, thank you for submitting your question. The Burrowing Owl is currently only available in the 2018 Specimen set.


  • No.164602

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 three-ply brass finish plated steel
  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 6.27
  • Diameter (mm) 26.5
  • Edgeplain
  • ArtistPierre Girard (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

50 cents

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

25 cents

  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 4.4
  • Diameter (mm) 23.88
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmanuel 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)

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