Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)

Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)

$49.95 CAD
Mintage: 30,000
Canada and US only

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.


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

Order your specimen set today!


Very nice addition to the collection


Every year since he was born in 2001 he's received the year collection


Vancouver, BC


Excellent product


Very nice product, even better than a package of back bacon, eh.


Morristown, NJ


I buy every year


Not a big-time collector because of limited funds




Very attractive set


Very nicely packaged.


Mays Landing, NJ


beautiful design


great detail & design


North Port Fl.


2016 Specimen Set Tundra Swan


Try and buy a specimen set every year




Great set


Beautiful coins, very nicely rendered in a nice display box. I wish we could purchase the coins individually, though, fortunately, the set is quite reasonably priced.

Emma's Mom

Upstate NY


Would purchase this again. A fine looking set


Nice for a keepsake


Chilliwack B C




I liked the product. Nice to have these year after year. Hope to see more to come.


Burnaby, B.C.


Specimen Set - Tundra Swan 2016


Collecting the bird series as a part of a coin collection. I wish RCM would consider upgrading the metals to pure silver, and gold plating for the $2, $1, .50, .25, and .10.


Owen Sound Ontario


Specimen Set – Tundra Swan (2016)

4.6 84


Who is the artist of the tundra swan?


Hi John, Under the specification section of any product page, you'll be able to see the artist of our coins. The artist who designed the $1 Tundra Swan specimen coin is Saskatoon artist Glen Scrimshaw ( Hope that helps, -dave

Dave (Product Team)

Is this a set of 6 or just the loony?


Its a set of 6.


Will the RCM be issuing a Special Edition Specimen Set in addition to this release for 2016?

Hank Scorpio

Sorry Hank - we don't announce our product line up ahead of their release. If you sign up for our email newsletter you will be amongst the first to know if we launch a Special Edition Specimen Set.


can I purchase previous years?


No, sorry only this years version is available directly from us.


Was wondering if you could buy brand new 2016 loonies right from the mint. It's my sisters sixtieth birthday and I would like to get her sixty new loonies.


Hi Nanc - that's a great idea! I hope that your sister has a great birthday. Unfortunately, we don't sell general circulation coins, only collector's editions. You may want to check with a local bank branch to see if they can order some in for you.


You may buy 100th Women Vote Anniversary loonies. Five for $5. The limit is one per household, but if you get 11 friends to do same, you will have your sixty loonies!


You also usually offer a proof set that includes the silver dollar. Will the proof set with silver dollar be produced for 2016, too?


Thank you for your question. The silver proof set that includes the silver dollar is already available:

Are these Proof coins or just uncirculated? Thanks fro the help...


Thank you for your question. These coins are neither proof or uncirculated, but are specimen finish. The specimen finish combines brilliant and frosted relief over a lined background. No other mint in the world offers coins with this kind of finish.

Is the Tundra Swan loony only available through this set or will it be circulated as part of regular coinage sometime this year?


Hi Calidris - the tundra swan is only available in this set and will not enter general circulation.


What and when is the second specimen set date and design....the first being tundra swan....thx. ..I mite want both but would like to know be I spend the money.... A usually happy customer


Hi Ron Themes and designs of future coins (and sets like this one) are kept secret until their official release date. We advise signing up for our newsletter so that you will receive emails from the Mint and be among the first to hear when specimen sets are released.


is it the 6 coin set for 49.95 or just the dollar coin?


$49.95 is the price for the entire set, including the dollar.


just the dollar coin



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2 dollars

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  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 6.99
  • Diameter (mm) 28
  • Edgeinterrupted serrations
  • ArtistBrent Townsend (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

1 dollar

  • Composition brass plated steel
  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 6.27
  • Diameter (mm) 26.5
  • Edgeplain
  • ArtistGlen Scrimshaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

50 cents

  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 6.9
  • Diameter (mm) 27.13
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistThomas Shingles (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

25 cents

  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 4.4
  • Diameter (mm) 23.88
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

10 cents

  • Composition three-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 1.75
  • Diameter (mm) 18.06
  • Edgereeded
  • ArtistEmanuel Hahn (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

5 cents

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  • Finish specimen
  • Weight (g) 3.95
  • Diameter (mm) 21.2
  • Edgeplain
  • ArtistG.E. Kruger Gray (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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