2016 $20 Baby Animals: Caribou – Pure Silver Coin
Springtime brings a burst of colourful blooms across the tundra of Canada’s North, and also marks the calving season for the barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus). This fine silver coin showcases a proud national icon and a symbol of Canada’s North, in a continuing celebration of family bonds in the Canadian wilderness. A national icon and a symbol of Canada’s North is the subject of the 10th coin in this popular series, which features baby animals in the Canadian wilderness!
The reverse design by Canadian artist Glen Loates features colour over the engraved portrait of a young barren-ground caribou. Barely a few weeks old, the calf is not yet weaned from its mother’s milk as it looks up and turns its head to curiously face the viewer. Selective colour enhances the detailed engraving while recreating the calf’s tan- and white-coloured fur, along with the darker colours of its eyes, nose and hooves. At its feet is a bright mix of pastel colours, which convey the springtime explosion of colourful new growth on the tundra in Canada’s North, where the lichen, purple saxifrage and forbs provide a nutritious meal for the engraved female caribou standing next to her young. Both mother and child will need their strength to make the long trek across the wide open landscape depicted in the engraved background, where the nursery herd will join other caribou on the coastal plains.
A heart-warming gift that celebrates a family’s special bond, or any momentous first steps!
Bullion Weight: 1.009 Troy Ounces
Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Young caribou and its mother
Artist: Glen Loates
Series: Baby Animals
Quantity Produced: 5500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
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