This new series by the Royal Canadian Mint highlights Canada’s rich biodiversity, and our natural heritage. The first coin in this new three-coin Conservation series features the majestic whooping crane, whose plight is an oft-cited story of near-extinction and ongoing recovery.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Luc Normandin captures all of the majesty, elegance and beauty of a whooping crane in flight. Fully extended, the bird’s broad wings fill the upper space of the image's field, revealing the black flight feathers that are normally hidden when the bird is at rest. The crane’s long neck and legs are extended as it takes flight, lending the image a sense of energy and movement. Behind the whooping crane, its nesting habitat in the Canadian wetlands is beautifully rendered in fine detail, complete with the tall grasses and wooded areas along the marsh’s edge.
An exceptional addition to any nature-, fauna- or Canadiana-themed collection.