2017 Nocturnal by Nature: The Barn Owl 1oz Silver



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2017 Nocturnal by Nature: The Barn Owl 1oz Silver

Canada is home to a wide range of nocturnal animals, including the barn owl, whose acute senses and secretive ways make it one of nature’s most efficient night-time hunters. This fine silver coin captures all of the majesty and beauty of this species as it glides across the night sky—a sight recreated through the innovative use of black rhodium plating. Tilt the coin to see the colour shift from dark black to gunmetal grey, adding to the contemporary look and feel of the coin


  • Coin Metal: 9999 pure silver
  • Coin Weight: 1oz (31.83g)
  • Coin Finish: black rhodium plating matt proof
  • Coin Denomination: $20
  • Year of Issue: 2017
  • Coin Mintage: 7,000
  • Country of Issue: Canada
  • Diameter: 38mm

Reverse Design

Designed by Canadian artist Jamie Desrochers, your coin features a contemporary stylized depiction of a barn owl (Tyto alba) descending upon its prey, as viewed from the ground looking up at the night sky. In the background, the creative use of black rhodium plating serves as a stunning backdrop for this night-time scene; detailed engraving re-creates the cratered surface of the full moon, which is brought to life through the use of bold frosting peering through the dark plating. The coin’s silver surface also lends itself beautifully to evoking the luminous quality of moonlight on the engraved owl in the foreground, which seemingly shines brighter against the dark image field. Flying on outstretched wings, the owl conveys its stealthy hunting prowess through its fixed stare, as it seems to close in on the viewer. The engraving captures much of the owl’s most distinctive features—from its characteristic heart-shaped face and sharp talons, to the spotted appearance of its wing and tail feathers.

Obverse Design

This features the Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,  with a black rhodium plating background.


Your coins are packaged in a standard clamshell case and numbered certificate of authenticity.



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