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6-Coin Specimen Set - Snow Goose (2017)

6-Coin Specimen Set - Snow Goose (2017)

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

Includes classic coin designs! An affordable set! Order today!

The year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. To honour this historic occasion, the Royal Canadian Mint's 2017 specimen set pays tribute to a Canadian icon with a one-dollar coin featuring the beloved snow goose in a dramatic pose, preparing to land on a quiet northern lake.

A fine collectible for birdwatchers and an affordable way to inspire a budding collector! Order your 6-coin specimen set today!

Special features:
  • INCLUDES CLASSIC COIN DESIGNS! Yours is a limited opportunity to collect these classic designs (polar bear, Canada's Coat of Arms, caribou, Bluenose, beaver) issued in 2017, since the Royal Canadian Mint will not be placing them into circulation.
  • CELEBRATE CANADA! Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation with this gorgeous Canadian 6-coin set!
  • ONLY AVAILABLE IN THIS SET! As with all Canadian "loonies," your snow goose coin—only found in this set—features an 11-sided shape and raised edging.
  • 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.


The one-dollar coin in your 2017 specimen set features a snow goose in flight. The dramatic image, designed by Canadian artist Derek C. Wicks, presents the goose from above with its wings flapped forward as it prepares to land on a lake below. The engravers' expert technique brings to life every detail of the stunning outspread wings, large-billed face, and strong body. The wings seem to encircle an outcropping of snow-capped evergreens on the shore below. As with all Canadian "loonies," this exceptionally well-designed image is framed by the loonie's characteristic 11-sided circumference.

Did you know…
  • Chen caerulescens—the snow goose—is one of the most common waterfowl species in North America. A large bird—about 69 to 83 centimetres, head to tail, with a wingspan of about 138 centimetres—the snow goose is primarily white, with a striking band of black feathers at the tips of its wings. It has a pink bill that is lined with black lip-like markings. A genetic variant (or morph) of the snow goose, known as the "blue goose," has a brown body with blue-tipped wings and a white head and underbelly.
  • Snow geese are migratory, travelling in flocks that can sometimes number in the hundreds of thousands. They breed in nesting colonies on the tundra of the Canadian Arctic in western, central, and eastern populations. Their preferred breeding habitat is not far from ocean coastline near shallow bodies of water like streams, ponds, or marshes where they can easily find grasses, sedges, and forbs to eat.
  • The snow goose nests on the ground, with the female selecting a site that is likely to stay dry during the spring melt. Here, she will dig out a small divot which she then lines with grasses, twigs, leaves, and lots of down from her breast. The finished nest may be up to two metres in diameter. Once she has laid her clutch of between two and six eggs, she stays on her nest for about 21 hours each day, with her lifelong mate keeping an eye out for predators.
  • The migratory period in the autumn and spring, along with overwintering in various locations across the United States, brings an entirely different pace to the snow goose's life. Snow geese can make continuous flights of up to 1,000 kilometres and fly at speeds of up to 95 kilometres per hour, though they average about 55 kilometres per hour.
  • One of the reasons for the goose's proliferation is access to increased food supplies (corn and grain) in agricultural lands during migration and the winter. Snow geese will noisily descend in the thousands on farm fields along their flyway. They also prefer wetlands, lakes, and marshes along their migratory paths. They winter in open areas, preferring to be slightly inland but often not far from the east and west coasts of the United States.
  • When they are moulting and cannot fly, snow geese are excellent runners who can outrun many predators. Shortly after they hatch, goslings are "precocious," which means that they walk for the first few weeks of their lives, typically from the first day.
  • Snow geese flocks will assign lookouts to watch for the birds' many predators, which include various species of gulls, owls, jaegers, eagles, ravens, foxes, bears, and wolves.


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

Order your specimen set today!


Good quality and delivery quick.


Gave to friends son and daughter-in-law for their first child 👶.


Wolfville NS


Good product Horrible delivery time


It shouldn't take over 6 weeks for an order to be delivered


Dartmouth Canada


I would buy this product again


I purchased this for myself. Hopefully to also be enjoyed by my children and grandchildren. Only complaint is it took so long to arrive. Other items purchased at the same time were Christmas presents but didn't arrive until 2 weeks after










I want them every year


great gifts


Caledonia, Ontario


I am happy with this coin collection


This is a nice addition to my collection

Coins are us

Kamloops , B.C.


I buy four of the specimen sets every year for our grandkids


Great collectable


Wilmot Nova Scotia


Never received product - contacted Mint twice


Never received product. Contacted Mint twice via online customer service with no response. Canada Post claims order was never sent. I am out almost $200.00 Why as a Canadian Government crown corporation are you showing an American town and state as an example in the Your Location line?


Toronto Ontario


Great product




Niagara on the Lake, Ontario


Received damaged product


Product arrived in a poorly packaged shipment, The coin case is cracked. Not good if you are a collector.

Not satisfied



6-Coin Specimen Set – Snow Goose (2017)

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Will this item be back in stock? Can I be put on a waiting list for it? It hasn't been available for a while now.


Hello and thank you for submitting your question. The 6-Coin Specimen Set - Snow Goose (2017) is no longer available through the Mint. It is available from official dealers only.

Chantal (Customer Service)

It states "Your specimen set comes in elegant book-style packaging, with removable lens, that complements your beautiful coins." Where is the removable lens? I just noticed now that mine didn't come with one. (#167 / 30,000)


Hello and thank you for your question. The black lens with the hard plastic cover that contains your coins can slide in and out if you choose to remove it. Thanks, Erica

Erica (Product Team)

whats the difference between a proof set and a specimen set


Hi Paul, Proof coins have a frosted relief over a brilliant field. Specimen coins have brilliant image relief against a matte or lined background. More information about coins can be found in our buyers guide;


I like to order one set 2017 but is it still possible to buy one set from the year 2010?

Mark the spark

Hi Mark, We did produce a specimen set in 2010; Specimen Set - Northern Harrier (2010). Item ID # 105794. Although we do not sell it anymore. Many of our authorized coin dealers may still have some. Here's the link to our dealer locator page;


Do you carry 6 piece collector sets of each year? I am looking for a set from 2006.


Hi Sally, Yes we release a 6-coin specimen set each year. The set from 2006 was the "2006 Specimen Set: Snowy Owl". Product ID # 100172. Although we do not sell this set anymore some of our authorized coin dealers may have some. Here's the link to our dealer locator page;


Does this Snow Goose sey come with the display caes


Hi Woody, This product comes in elegant book-style packaging, with removable lens, that complements your beautiful coins.


Did the Mint stop making the regular Proof Loonies? Havent seen one since about 2011?


Hello and thank you for your question. You can still find our Loonie ($1) struck as a proof finish coin in our proof sets like in the one here:;jsessionid=B5B1310EE3075C633681B8C514FC47F8.node1-1?o_action=crossSell&rcmiid=link|productpage|youmayalsolike|2017_Pure_Silver_Proof_Set_-_150th_Anniversary_of_Canadian_Confederation&#.WNETa2wzWM8

Erica (Product Team)

When will the snow goose be in circulation?


Hi Gleaner, The 2017 Specimen $1 coin featuring the Snow Goose is only available in this set. It will not be released into circulation.


Will the snow goose coin be out for sale by it's self?


Hello and thank you for your question! The 2017 Specimen $1 featuring the Snow Goose is only available in this set. It is not sold as a single. Thanks!

Erica (Product Team)

What is an error piece and how is it detected?

Denny D

Hello and thank you for your question! Our quality control process detects coins which do not conform to specified standards and rejects them before they are packaged and sold to the public. A definition of a numismatic error can be found in numismatic journals or catalogues. The Mint publishes no such definition.

Erica (Product Team)


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