This 2015 $20 fine silver coin features a striking depiction of a majestic moose in a wintery setting, struck by the Royal Canadian Mint in pure silver and utilizing a selective colour enhancement. The coin is a continuation of the style introduced with the 2014 Iconic Polar Bear coin, which sold out immediately with a mintage 8500, while just 7,500 Majestic Moose coins will be released.
The design by Claudio D'Angelo is a celebration of an iconic Canadian creature, one that has come to symbolize the spirit of the Canadian wilderness. The image provides a profile glimpse of a bull moose as it moves through a snow-blanketed forest clearing. The gentle incline he traverses and the snow-clad pines of the background complete this majestic scene.
The coin is double struck with the Royal Canadian Mint's highest quality proof finish, and weighs just over one full ounce of .9999 fine silver. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST / GST exempt.
About the Moose:
Moose are the largest of all the deer species, and are immediately recognizable by their huge antlers, which can span 6 feet from end to end. Moose are very tall, so they tend to prefer to browse higher grasses and shrubs, as lowering their heads to ground level can prove difficult. In winter their hooves act as snowshoes to support their intense weight in soft snow and in muddy ground. When the ice melts in the summer, moose can often be seen in lakes and rivers, eating aquatic plants both at and below the surface. Despite their staggering weight and size, are strong swimmers. The usually-solitary male moose (bulls) come together during rutting season to battle with their antlers for mating dominance. Females give birth to one or two calves in the spring; these calves grow quickly, and can outrun a human by the time they are just five days old.