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6-Coin Specimen Set - Burrowing Owl (2018)

6-Coin Specimen Set - Burrowing Owl (2018)

$51.95 CAD
Mintage: 30,000
Starts shipping on Jan-31-2019
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!

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Opportunity to use a western CDN artist missed


The burrowing owl is an icon of the western Canadian prairies. Therefore, you would think that this would be an excellent opportunity for the Mint to use a western Canadian artist. But not so. The artist is from Quebec. His biography and other related information do not even mention the west but there's plenty of reference to Quebec. I have no problem with the quality of the art but can only assume that there was no one from the west who was seen to be qualified to do this, if they were even considered. Very sad.




Nice to have each years of these coins.


Fed Ex seem to have drop the package and crack the plastic that hold the coins in place. When I pick up the package their was duck tape on the outer box. Is there a way of getting this item replace?




Great Service, Great Quality


No worries when you order from the mint, I have always respected their quality, service and product arriving on time.


Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


Can only go up in value!


Packaging (case) and coins make a great presentation!






would like more detail in coins




I would buy this product again


Son collects one every year. Although this year I was not happy with the product there where air bubbles in between coins.Barb


Leamington ont

Great product


Love it


Calgary, AB


My annual purchase


Adding to the collection




I would buy thus product again


This was purchased as a series of coins that we order for our Grandchildren so when they turn 18 years of age , we will surprise them with them


Port Perry ON L9L 1B4


Beautiful set.


Added to collection.


Columbia MD USA



4.7 123


Question i need 2007 to get 50, Please advise


Hello Gordon and thank you for inquiring. The 2007 Specimen Set is no longer available here at the Mint.


Is this price for the whole set or per coin?


Hello Ida and thank you for submitting your question. The whole set sells for $51.95.

Chantal (Customer Service)

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

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

1 dollar

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

50 cents

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

25 cents

  • Compositionthree-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finishspecimen
  • Weight (g) 4.4
  • Diameter (mm) 23.88
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

10 cents

  • Compositionthree-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finishspecimen
  • Weight (g) 1.75
  • Diameter (mm) 18.06
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

5 cents

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

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