An unique finish, a new, even
limit, and mother loon & chicks dollar (found only here!) make
for an incomparable 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.
2012 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:
One Cent Maple Leaf Penny - Last one
Five Cent Beaver Nickel
Ten Cent Bluenose Schooner Dime
Twenty-Five Cent Caribou Quarter
Fifty Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar
One Dollar Mother Loon and Two Baby
Two Dollar Bimetallic Polar Bear "Toonie"
here for more Canadian Specimen Sets!
This Year! One-year-only
design! 25th Anniversary Loonie $1
Mother Loon and Two Baby Chicks Dollar! Please
note, this is the first time that the Annual Specimen Set has featured
a loon (and not a different bird) on the $1 coin since 2003! These
will go very quickly, order now and don't get shut out!
Final Specimen Set
with the now-discontinued
penny (maple leaf 1 cent coin), and therefore the final specimen-finish
penny to ever be issued!
here for the Silver-Plated 25th Annivesary Loonie Dollar!
The Great Northern or
In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint (along
with all of Canada) celebrates
the 25th anniversary of the Loonie, the iconic Canadian one-dollar coin
bearing the image of this great Canadian waterbird. By law, the Loonie
the paper dollar bill, and in doing so has not only saved the
Government of Canada millions of dollars but has spurred an interesting
new collecting series! Like its namesake, the Loonie has proven
emblematic, and long-lived. This specimen set commemorates two
important cultural symbols, the loon and the Loonie, by showcasing
beauty and individuality in a perennial collector’s favorite.
This year, the aureate dollar features a Great Northern or Common Loon
swimming on a calm Canadian lake. Her two young chicks accompany her,
one swimming just behind its mother and the other riding on
mother’s back (a trait of this captivating aquatic species!).
mother bird, in her brightly spotted summer plumage, diligently
protects her offspring while scanning the lake for fish and listening
for the call of her mate.
here for more coins with Loons on them!
here for more coins and sets featuring the unique, Canadian Specimen
sold out every year since the mint imposed a
mintage limit of only 40,000 sets. However, in 2010 the mintage limit
was reduced to only 35,000, an even lower number that continues this
In addition, the 2012 Specimen Set
is the only way to get the Loonie 25th Anniversary Mother Loon and Two
Baby Chicks dollar. This is the first loonie
in an annual Specimen Set to feature an actual loon on
it since 2003! All collectors
Canadian dollar coins and all loonie collectors need this coin. These
factors, combined with the premium packaging, make this set a great
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 mother loon with her two baby chicks.
here for more coins with animals on them!
The reverse of each coin features Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II of
, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth
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") and mint mark also appear.
here for more great mint and proof sets!
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.