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Half Kilogram Fine Silver Coin - Conservation Series: The Whooping Crane - Mintage: 500 (2015)

Half Kilogram Fine Silver Coin - Conservation Series: The Whooping Crane - Mintage: 500 (2015)

$1,099.95 CAD
Mintage: 500
Canada and US only

First coin in a new series! Also available as a 3-coin subscription!

There is a graceful elegance to the whooping crane (Grus americana) in flight, as it glides through the sky on wide, outstretched wings. Yet theirs is a surprisingly fragile beauty; by 1941, in all of North America, only 16 migrating whooping cranes existed in the wild. Fortunately, a conservation movement was launched to protect these majestic birds—one of which is forever immortalised with this stunning coin.

Habitat protection, population monitoring and breeding programs have been essential in preventing the complete extinction of North America’s tallest bird. There is still much progress to be made before the whooping crane is no longer considered endangered, but it has become an important chapter in the conservation movement that is essential to preserving Canada’s rich biodiversity—our natural heritage!

The larger format of this coin illustrates the beauty and majesty of the whooping crane! Order your single coin or order the 3-coin subscription today!

Special features:
•  ALSO AVAILABLE AS PART OF A 3-COIN SUBSCRIPTION: Order the subscription and receive a hand-crafted, three-coin wooden collector box to display your beautiful coins!
•  Future coins in the series include the:
 •  Grey Fox
 •  Narwhal
•  Your coin highlights the importance of the preservation of Canada’s wilderness.
•  Finely detailed engraving captures the breathtaking beauty of the whooping crane within a natural wetlands setting.
•  The whooping crane has rarely been featured on coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. This large 85-millimetres silver coin showcases North America’s tallest bird beautifully.
•  An intricately detailed portrait of this special species is highlighted with a variety of carefully applied finishes.
•  Very low mintage worldwide.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

About the Design:
Designed by Canadian artist Luc Normandin, your coin captures all of the majesty, elegance and beauty of a whooping crane in flight. Fully extended, the bird’s broad wings fill the upper space of the image's field, revealing the black flight feathers that are normally hidden when the bird is at rest. The crane’s long neck and legs are extended as it takes flight, lending the image a sense of energy and movement. Behind the whooping crane, its nesting habitat in the Canadian wetlands is beautifully rendered in fine detail, complete with the tall grasses and wooded areas along the marsh’s edge.

Did you know…
•  The whooping crane was named for its single-note, bugle-like call that can be heard several kilometres away during courtship, or when they’re feeling frightened and aggressive.
•  It is not unusual for the whooping crane to fly non-stop for 10 hours. By gliding, spiralling and riding thermal updrafts, the crane can cover a considerable distance in just one flight.
•  Cranes will typically lay two eggs, which take roughly 30 days to hatch. During that time, both parents keep the nest warm. 
•  Several whooping cranes have lived 40 years in captivity, and mate for life! It can take up to two years to build their relationship but once established, there are rarely any questions about the pair’s loyalty to one another.

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

Order your coin today!


Exemplary Coin


Beautiful coin. Can only hope the 2nd and 3rd coin in the series are as stunning!




Half Kilogram Fine Silver Coin - Conservation Series: The Whooping Crane - Mintage: 500 (2015)

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I do not see an option to sign up for series of three (3) which would include box. Are prices same? Ho does this work? Merci Beaucou

HRH Prince Albert

Hi HRH Prince Albert, You can subscribe to the three-coin Conservation Series subscription here; Yes, all three coins are the same price; CAD $1,099.95 each.



  • No.147032
  • Mintage500
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 500
  • Diameter (mm) 85
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value125 dollars
  • ArtistLuc Normandin (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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