Canada: Latest Silver Proof Coins In Wondrous Waters Series Focus On The Vast Arctic Ocean

The Royal Canadian Mint have released the second of four coins in the Wondrous Waters series highlighting the immense bodies of waters bordering Canada.

by Michael Alexander | Published on May 29, 2024

While the first coin highlighted the unique habitats of the Pacific Coast, the second coin features a design that shines the spotlight on Canada’s northern coastline, the longest in the world, of which two-thirds border the Arctic Ocean. Most of this coastline wraps around the many islands that lie near the top of the world, such as Baffin Island and the Queen Elizabeth Islands. Nowhere is the connection between land and sea more evident than along the vast northern coast, where life follows the seasonal cycle of sea ice, a critical habitat for polar bears, seals and more. While the Arctic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest of the world’s oceans, Canada’s Arctic and northern region is incredibly vast and represents nearly 40 percent of the country’s total landmass and freshwater. The Arctic coast is teeming with hidden wonders and endless beauty from iconic wildlife to the tundra landscape that comes alive each summer. Amazingly, berry picking and gathering wild plants is an important cultural activity in Inuit Nunangat, especially in late summer and fall. Arctic cranberries, blueberries, cloudberries and crowberries are some of the most commonly picked varieties. It is this activity which as well as many other cultural traditions that have left a deep imprint on Canada’s northern identity. The Canadian Arctic is home to beluga whales and narwhals, as well as two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population.

Designed by Myrna Pokiak who depicts a moonlit scene and a berry picker representing traditional foods and harvest activities on land, where the flat tundra is punctuated by a pingo. A snowy owl has taken flight and the tail of a beluga whale appears in the water that lines the shore, which is marked by caribou tracks and those of a polar bear. The beach is also lined with driftwood carried to the Arctic coast by rivers and ocean currents, making it a symbol of inter-connectedness. Compass elements form a frame that also includes the text CANADA and a face value of 20 DOLLARS. The obverse side includes an effigy of HM King Charles III and is the work of Canadian artist Steven Rosati. The King is shown facing to the left surrounded by the legend CHARLES III D G REX. The year of issue 2024 is placed just under the King’s likeness.

DenominationMetalWeightDiameterQualityMaximum Mintage
20 Dollars99.99 Silver31.3 g.38 mm.Proof7,500

Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a custom case accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. The remaining two coins are scheduled for release in August (Atlantic Coast) and November (Great Lakes). The series is available as a subscription and individual purchases. For additional information, please visit the e-webshop of the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Author: Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander image Michael’s background in both numismatics and banknotes spans more than three decades and whose activities have varied from being a dedicated world coin collector to coin & medal design, marketing, theme concept and production. His additional interests include banknote research and in 1997, he founded the London Banknote and Monetary Research Centre to further these interests and activities. The company continues to offer monthly currency bulletins to both online and printed publications which includes information about the latest banknote news and releases from Central Banks and Monetary Authorities around the world. Michael has been a contributor to COIN NEWS magazine based in the UK since 1998 where many of his in-depth interviews, articles and bulletins have been published.

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