Matte proof finish
Just like previous Black and Gold coins, the black rhodium-plated portion of the reverse design features a matte gunmetal finish that strikes a dramatic contrast next to the yellow gold. It’s our way of playing with light and shadows to bring out details that are otherwise unseen in the other half of the design (and vice versa).
The circular reverse design by wildlife artist Claude Thivierge features a contrasting “yin and yang” portrait of the sea otter (Enhydra lutris). Two adult sea otters are positioned in a way that represents opposite but complementary concepts, such as work and rest/play. Yellow gold and black rhodium plating clearly divide the design into two halves in order to highlight the importance of achieving balance in life, but also in nature, where the sea otter’s reintroduction to Canada’s Pacific coast has had a big impact on the marine ecosystem. The obverse features the gold-plated effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Composition 99.99% pure silver, with yellow gold and black rhodium plating
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Face Value 20
Finish Matte Proof