While Canada is home to an estimated 80,000 species, many are facing an uncertain future. Habitat loss and human activities are putting our natural heritage at risk. But there is reason to hope for the future, thanks to the efforts of organizations, volunteers and everyday Canadians. The future of our endangered species and habitats is in our hands, and this year’s specimen set is a reminder that conservation is a long-term commitment.
Designed by Caitlin Lindstrom-Milne, your special $1 coin features a black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) in its natural grassland habitat, where it pauses at the edge of a burrow surrounded by grama grass. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
- A new theme. This year’s specimen set shifts the focus onto wildlife conservation by showcasing one of Canada’s endangered species on the specimen dollar coin.
- A conservation story. The black-footed ferret’s Canadian re-introduction story highlights the patience, cooperation and dedication behind species recovery efforts. It serves as a reminder that we all play a part in nature conservation, and that it is a long-term commitment.
- Exclusive finish. All six coins in this set feature a specimen finish, with brilliant and frosted relief over a lined specimen background. We are the only mint in the world to offer an annual set in a specimen finish.
Artist Caitlin Lindstrom-Milne
Book-style packaging with removable lens and serialized certificate. CD lens concept with maroon outer cover and black beauty box