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1 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Nocturnal by Nature: The Barn Owl - Mintage: 7,000 (2017)

1 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Nocturnal by Nature: The Barn Owl - Mintage: 7,000 (2017)

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

A FIRST! The night sky re-created with black rhodium plating! A must-have!

Canada is home to a wide range of nocturnal animals, including the barn owl, whose acute senses and secretive ways make it one of nature's most efficient nighttime hunters. This fine silver coin captures all of the majesty and beauty of this species as it glides across the night sky—a sight recreated through the innovative use of black rhodium plating. Tilt the coin to see the colour shift from dark black to gunmetal grey, adding to the contemporary look and feel of the coin.

A coin you will want to show to friends and family! Order today!

Special features:
  • A MINT FIRST! Your coin includes the first-time use of black rhodium plating that lends itself perfectly to re-creating the dark night sky and allows the moon's uniquely frosted finish to shine through.
  • INNOVATIVE! The light-and-dark contrast of your coin sets the perfect mood for a night-time hunt, while enhancing the natural silver shine of the engraved owl 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 coin is a dynamically layered design that is brimming with detail, thanks to the intricate engraving that re-creates the lunar craters and the owl's most distinguishing features.
  • 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 COIN! Your coin has no GST/HST!

About the Design:

Designed by Canadian artist Jamie Desrochers, your coin 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.


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order your coin today!

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unique gift


I'm giving it to friends for Christms


Toronto Ontario


Owl Luv it 4EVR!


Beautiful coin with understated elegance that sets it apart from other coins out there.




Good quality


Nice but would be better if it were a Great Horned Owl.


Red Deer, AB








A First


Very cool coin for a first time coin.

A collector

Ottawa, Canada


Always a delight to receive from the RCM!


As a child I collected fifty cent pieces and silver dollars when I could. I had a good collection. When I got older the collecting faded due to other interest. After a few years my collection went missing. The was about forty years ago. Today I know where everything is and where they are going. RCM coins area pleasure to receive.

The Gardener.

St. Andrews, NB, Canada


Get it while you can!


Wonderful way to highlight a beautiful bird


Ontario, Canada


Great one of a kind coin


For my on going collection of unique coins

The Collector

toronto, Ontario


Striking image


I ordinarily will not buy gimmicks--bits of moon dust, enamalling, 3D figures, etc--in other words, anything that could not reasonably be a real coin. The blackened look I normally associate with Cajun fish, but this is an aesthetically very striking design and the owl is my family totem and my personal spirit animal. I would probably not have bought this coin if not for the owl figure.

The Old Maine Huntsman



This coin was shipped in a timely fashion. Was very pleased.


This gift was extremely well received. With the rhodium and the beautifully detailed barn owl makes an exquisite contrast. Very pleases as always.




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

4.7 50


How much of Rhodium is on the coin?


Hello Peace, With plating, gold of rhodium, we can't quantify the amount. It's not like the blanks used for coins, which we report the nominal weight of silver.

Jamie (Product Team)

Will the second coin in this series also be rhodium plated?


Hi Momo! Yes, it will be! It will have a similar style.

Jamie (Product Team)

In the flyer, 2017 number 3 on page 5, this coin appears. In the picture it shows the moon having a frosted finish, yet on the website and in the video the moon appears to have the rhodium plating. Which depiction is accurate?

Masters Club Member

Hi Masters Club Member Sorry about the confusion! The moon is rhodium plated! Only the owl is not plated on the obverse.

Jamie (Product Team)

The description of this coin says the black plating "allows the moon's uniquely frosted finish to shine through". What is meant by this, since the image appears to show the same plating as the rest of the coin except the owl itself?

Coin confusion

Hi Coin Confusion! The rhodium plating is present over the moon. The moon is frosted differently (it's shiny) than the rest of the coin, and with rhodium plating it appears much darker than the rest of the coin. The youtube video shows this off much better! I'd encourage you to watch it, or if you have the coin in hand, to tilt it and let the light reflect off of the moon.

Jamie (Product Team)


  • No.156565
  • 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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