One of the most popular sets of coins produced each year by the Royal Canadian Mint is the Specimen Set. This collection features some of the highest quality coins struck for collectors, all housed in an elegant book format presentation. Six denominations from five cents to two dollars comprise the set, including the elusive low-mintage half-dollar which is not issued for circulation. The highlight of the set is a unique one dollar coin featuring a Greater Sage Grouse. This highly collectible coin cannot be found in circulation or in any other coin set. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Highly Collectible Special Issue with Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Obverse
As new King Charles III dies were not yet ready for this coin set, all the obverse designs feature a posthumous effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the addition of the double dates of her reign, 1952-2022. The Royal Canadian Mint has stated that they do not plan to release any of these 2023 dated Queen Elizabeth effigy coins for general circulation, making every coin in the set a special collector issue.
While the presentation and quality of coins are excellent, this set remains affordably priced for collectors or to give as a gift. Ideal to mark the birth of a new baby, any birthday, graduation, wedding or other event. Mintage is limited to 30,000 sets.
Unique Commemorative Loon Dollar Design Featuring Greater Sage Grouse
Each spring, the male greater sage-grouse puts on quite a show: it fans out its plumage, puffs and pops its chest, and struts its stuff in hopes of attracting a mate. This elaborate courtship display has been captured on the 2023 specimen dollar, which highlights the endangered status of a species that now occupies just 7% of its historical range in Canada. With fewer than 250 remaining in the wild, Canada’s greater sage-grouse population has been the focus of collaborative efforts to support the recovery of both the grassland species and its sagebrush habitat. Hope for the greater sage-grouse’s
recovery grows, as ongoing research and population management strategies are working to slow the population’s decline and boost its chances of survival.