There’s no creature more lovable, and at the same time annoying, than squirrels. A staple of any park or environment with trees, you’ll even find squirrels hunting through picnic baskets and garbage cans on college campuses and city parks in search of tasty scraps. These pesky tree-dwellers are caught in the act on the 2017 1 oz Proof Silver Canadian The Nutty Squirrel and the Mighty Oak Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint, available today on Silver.com.
- Ships to you in the maroon clamshell of the Royal Canadian Mint.
- Features Canadian Oak embellishments in the design!
- Mintage limited to 7,500 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $20 (CAD) by the Canadian government.
- Reverse includes a squirrel and oak tree design.
- Obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each of the 2017 1 oz Proof Silver Canadian The Nutty Squirrel and The Mighty Oak coin ships to you inside of the Royal Canadian Mint’s iconic maroon clamshell box with black beauty casing on the inside. Included in the design from Tony Bianco, you’ll notice the use of colorization on the coin’s reverse. Several leaves hanging from the Canadian oak have a brown colorization to bring the feel of fall to these coins.
These coins feature a first-time design element from the Royal Canadian Mint that brings a sense of life to the Canadian Oak tree featured in the design. The mint used laser-cut technology to etch oak wood embellishments into the design on the reverse side to give the tree’s branches character.
On the reverse of each 2017 1 oz Proof Silver Canadian The Nutty Squirrel and The Mighty Oak coin you’ll find the image of a playful, curious squirrel standing on a Canadian Oak branch gazing out of the tree and its surroundings, no doubt searching for some nuts to store up before winter sets in.
The obverse of all Canadian coinage includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth. Canada is the one former commonwealth of the United Kingdom to use its own effigies of Queen Elizabeth, with this particular design coming from Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.
All of these coins are a product of the Royal Canadian Mint. Founded in 1908 to provide the nation with sovereignty in its coin production, the mint started with a single facility in Ottawa. This location in the federal capital was overwhelmed by demand for Canadian silver coins and gold coins by the 1970s, and a second facility was opened in 1980 in Winnipeg.
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