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Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)

Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)

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$49.95 CAD
Mintage: 30,000
STATUS:
Canada and US only
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An affordable set—a hit with nature lovers!

No other mint in the world issues coins with a specimen finish that combines brilliant and frosted relief on a lined background. It's a highly collectible feature that is bolstered by yet another—the unique tundra swan design on this set's loonie!

A welcome addition to a coin set collection, or as a gift to someone to start theirs. Order your set today!

Special features:
  • UNIQUE COIN! As with all Canadian "loonies," your tundra swan coin—only found in this set—features an 11-sided shape and raised edging.
  • Your specimen coin set is only one of two annual opportunities in 2016 for you to own a complete specimen set.
  • 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.

About the Design:

The one-dollar coin in the 2016 specimen set of Canadian coins features a reverse image by Canadian artist Glen Scrimshaw. Beautifully depicted in its natural setting, the tundra swan is particularly resplendent with features that are brought to life through finely detailed engraving and the unique combination of finishes. As with all Canadian "loonies," this coin features an 11-sided shape and raised edging.

Did you know...
  • One of only two native swan species, Canada's tundra swan (Cygnus columbianus) is the very picture of elegance with its snowy white plumage and long, slender neck. This large waterfowl is a graceful summer resident of the Arctic region, where pairs establish nests on the tundra and near the lakes and waterways that are a rich source of food. Come September, these birds gather in large flocks for an annual migration that sends them flying over many parts of Canada, on a journey south to coastal areas that will provide them refuge from the winter's cold.
  • The tundra swan was formally known as a "whistling swan" but not because it was actually able to whistle—it earned the moniker from the sound made by its wings while in flight.
  • Their white plumage can take on a reddish tinge in areas that are iron-rich.
  • Young swans begin their courtship in late winter and will "date" for a year before they actually breed; this strong bond is likely to last throughout their lives.
  • Pairs affirm their bond with "victory" displays: facing one another, they slowly flap their wings while stretching their neck, keeping their heads bowed as they vocalize their pairing through a duet.
  • It's easy to mistake a trumpeter swan for a tundra swan, and vice-versa. The two species look very similar but sound different: while the trumpeter has a deep, trumpet-like voice (hence the name), the tundra swan has more melodious vocals.

Packaging:

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

Order your specimen set today!

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Specifications

  • No.149524

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

  • Compositionbrass plated steel
  • Finishspecimen
  • Weight (g) 6.27
  • Diameter (mm) 26.5
  • Edgeplain
  • ArtistGlen Scrimshaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

50 cents

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

25 cents

  • Compositionthree-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finishspecimen
  • Weight (g) 4.4
  • Diameter (mm) 23.88
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmmanuel 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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