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Canada 2018 6-Coin Specimen Set with Special Edition Burrowing Owl Loonie $1 Dollar L02

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An unique finish, a reduced mintage limit, an extremely affordable price, and a special edition Burrowing Owl loonie dollar (found only in this set!) make for an incomparable 6-Coin Specimen Set!

The Specimen Set from the Royal Canadian Mint is indeed unique, unlike any other coin set found anywhere else in the world. Each coin features the mint's distinctive "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both brilliant and frosted finishes, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, providing a matte appearance. These combine to give the Specimen Set coins their special aesthetic appeal and flair.

New This Year! One-year-only design! The Burrowing Owl design was executed by well known Canadian wildlife artist Pierre Girard. These dollars are unique to this set (and can be found nowhere else), so these sets will go very quickly, as they do every year! Order now and don't get shut out!

Reduced Mintage Limit! Reduced by 40% from 2014, down from 50,000 to only 30,000 - this set will sell out, just like the 2015 and 2016 Specimen Sets did!

2017 Canada Specimen Set CoinsThe 2018 Specimen Set includes a specimen-finish example of each and every one of the circulation coins of Canada, each of which features a design of national importance, including:

    Five Cent Beaver Nickel
    Ten Cent Bluenose Schooner Dime
    Twenty-Five Cent Caribou Quarter
    Fifty Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar
    One Dollar Burrowing Owl "Loonie"
    Two Dollar Bimetallic Polar Bear "Toonie"

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The Burrowing Owl One-Year-Only Dollar Coin
Canadian artist Pierre Girard captures the beauty of an endangered prairie species on the reverse of this one-dollar specimen coin. Viewed from the side, the pigeon-sized burrowing owl presents a three-quarter profile that allows for close examination of its stilt-like legs and mottled plumage. Its head is turned towards the rear as the bird of prey fixes its gaze on something that lies to the right, beyond the coin’s rim; this positioning provides a view of the bird’s facial features, including the beak and large eyes that give the owl a wise and studious expression. Blades of grass rise up behind it, alluding to its nesting grounds in Canada’s open prairies and grasslands, while small mounds of dirt hint at the owl’s unique penchant for nesting in underground burrows.

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Investment Notes
The Specimen Set has sold out every year since the mint imposed a mintage limit on this popular sets! For 2018 the mintage limit has been limited to 30,000 (down 40% from 50,000 in 2014), which ensures this set will be heavily sought-after in the future! In addition, the 2018 Specimen Set is the only way to get the Burrowing Owl Loonie Dollar. All collectors of Canadian dollar coins and all loonie collectors need this coin. These factors, combined with the premium packaging and ultra-affordable price, make this set a great value!

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A Premium Yet Ultra-Affordable 6-Coin Set with an Unique Finish!
The value-packed 2017 6-Coin Specimen Set from Canada includes the unique Snow Goose Loonie dollar, found only here!


The obverse of each coin features the familiar designs found on the regular circulation coins of Canada as described and pictured above. The dollar coin depicts a Burrowing Owl.

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The reverse of each coin features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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The coins are sealed a sturdy plastic lens, attractively packaged inside a large, burgundy-leatherette book lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually numbered certificate with full specifications accompanies the set.

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Set Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 3 Dollars and 90 Cents
Mintage Limit 30,000
Finish Specimen
Artist Pierre Girard (Burrowing Owl $1 Loonie)
Certificate Individually Numbered

Individual Coin Specifications
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The Beloved and Inimitable Burrowing Owl
Did you know…

Where open grasslands provide unobstructed views, the long-legged burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) stays close to the ground and its subterranean nest. This bespeckled summer resident of Canada's Prairie Provinces is one of our smaller-sized owls, and is beautifully featured on the reverse of the dollar coin in our 2018 Specimen Set.

The burrowing owl's short tail, stilt-like legs and lack of ear tufts give it a different profile than most owls. Its nesting behaviour also sets it apart, for this endangered species prefers to roost and nest in underground burrows vacated by prairie dogs, foxes and ground squirrels. And while the owl's plumage allows it to blend in with its surroundings, those wise-looking yellow eyes are unmistakable as they seek out prey from a slightly elevated vantage point, whether it's a thicket, a fencepost or a mound of dirt.


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