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1 oz. Pure Silver 2-Coin Subscription - Nocturnal by Nature - Mintage: 7,000 (2017)

1 oz. Pure Silver 2-Coin Subscription - Nocturnal by Nature - Mintage: 7,000 (2017)

$119.95 CAD  per coin
Mintage: 7,000
Canada and US only

A FIRST! The night sky re-created on both coins with black rhodium plating! Subscribe today!

When Canadians bed down for the night, some animal creatures are just beginning their day. They are Canada's nocturnal creatures—birds, mammals and more, whose unique adaptations allow them to hunt and play under the cover of darkness. Active between sunset and sunrise, these elusive species represent a part of Canada's biodiversity that often goes unseen, despite their presence in our midst.

Beginning with the barn owl, each coin in this exciting new series features the innovative use of black rhodium plating that sets the mood by recreating nightfall. Here, the coin's silver surface mimics moonlight to reveal the sudden apparition of a stylized owl—it's a chance encounter with one of nature's stealthy nocturnal hunters!

Two gorgeous coins you will want to show to friends and family! Subscribe today!

Special features:
  • 2-COIN SUBSCRIPTION! Subscribe today* and then relax knowing you will receive both coins (each coin $119.95). Coins in your subscription include:
    • Coin 1: Barn Owl (priced at $119.95, expected ship date April 2017)
    • Coin 2: The Bat (priced at $119.95, expected ship date August 2017)
  • A MINT FIRST! Your coins include the first-time use of black rhodium plating that lends itself perfectly to recreating the dark night sky and allows the moon's uniquely frosted finish to shine through.
  • INNOVATIVE! The light-and-dark contrast of your coins set the perfect mood for a night-time hunt, while enhancing the natural silver shine of the animal in the foreground.
  • STUNNING! Tilt your coin to alter your perception of the plating's hue, which varies from a dark black colour to a gun-metal grey, and adds to the contemporary look and feel of the overall design.
  • BRIMMING WITH DETAIL! Your coins are a dynamically layered design that is brimming with detail, thanks to intricate engraving!
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1.
  • LOW MINTAGE: Only 7,000 coins will be made available worldwide. Hurry and order yours today before they are all gone!
  • ONE-OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER COINS! Your coins have no GST/HST!

About the first coin design:

Designed by Canadian artist Jamie Desrochers, the first coin in your subscription features a contemporary stylized depiction of a barn owl (Tyto alba) descending upon its prey, as viewed from the ground looking up at the night sky. In the background, the creative use of black rhodium plating serves as a stunning backdrop for this night-time scene; detailed engraving re-creates the cratered surface of the full moon, which is brought to life through the use of bold frosting peering through the dark plating. The coin's silver surface also lends itself beautifully to evoking the luminous quality of moonlight on the engraved owl in the foreground, which seemingly shines brighter against the dark image field. Flying on outstretched wings, the owl conveys its stealthy hunting prowess through its fixed stare, as it seems to close in on the viewer. The engraving captures much of the owl's most distinctive features—from its characteristic heart-shaped face and sharp talons, to the spotted appearance of its wing and tail feathers.


Each of your coins are encapsulated and presented individually in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order your 2-coin subscription today!

*Credit card purchases only, charged upon shipment. After purchasing your first coin, you will automatically receive the subsequent coins when they are released. Coins may not be issued in the same order as listed above. Subscription agreement may be cancelled at your request at any time with a phone call or written notice to the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Love them! A+


One of my favorite sets! Very cool coins! Would definitely recommend them!


Miramichi NB


Could have been an awesome series


Like the vast majority of the coins being minted, the RCM continues to flood the market with high mintage numbers - sad.


Ottawa, ON


Love It


Combine coins and birds and I'm always interested. The Barn Owl extirpated from most of Canada save BC is a reminder of our power over nature. This coin is an exquisite reminder of this beautiful creature that I have seen in the wild. A great addition to my collection.

Peter Darcy

Whitby, Ontario


Great coin (innovative show its beauty)


Great coin (innovative show its beauty). First RCM black rhodium plating silver coin for me. Love it!






Just received my lovely coin, and I'm very happy with its uniqueness and sparkle.

Coin Girl

Calgary, Canada




I didnt know what to expect from this coin, but as per usual the pictures on the mint website do the coin absolutely zero justice. When in hand this coin, is flashy, detailed and overall displays so well. Very happy to own it. Mint needs more unique coins like this!!


Ontario, Canada


Beautiful Coin


Wonderful coin design. I normally hate coloured coins but this proves me wrong. It is a great piece. The sparkle created by the moon and wings against the black back create a great contrast.


Fredericton, NB


78% SOLD! 1 oz. Pure Silver 2-Coin Subscription - Nocturnal by Nature - Mintage: 7000 (2017)

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The advertised version of this coin shows the owl in silver, the moon in silver and CANADA highlighted and visible. The online version shows the moon and CANADA blacked out. Which is it? If the moon is blacked out as well as CANADA, our coin will be returned to you when it arrives. Shouldn't your advertised version be the same as your on line version???


Hi Catswing The original image of the coin didn't portray the rhodium plating correctly, and we got a much better photo to replace it. The moon, CANADA and everything but the owl and effigy of the Queen are rhodium plated. Sorry for the confusion. In hand, you'll see it is quite stunning, and we wanted the photo to try to capture that.

Jamie (Product Team)

How many different coins will be in the series?


Hi Mike! Thanks for taking the time with the question. This specific series only has two coins, but rhodium plating could be included in other products in the future.

Jamie (Product Team)

is rhodium coating valuable? does it ad to the value of the silver coin?


Hi Interested (Nice name), Rhodium does have value! Though we don't comment to the shifting metal value on our coins, rhodium plating is in the similar vein to platinum and gold plating. So in short, yes, it does add value!

Jamie (Product Team)

Can I just buy this coin without the subscription?


Hi Bayman, Yes, you can buy the first coin by itself. Here's the link to the page;


Is each coin 1 oz or the 2 coins combined = 1 oz ?


Hi Rick, Each coin is one (troy) ounce of 99.99% pure silver.



  • No.161634
  • Mintage7,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishmatte proof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 38
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value20 dollars
  • ArtistJamie Desrochers (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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