To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Canada’s $1 coin (alias the loonie) the loon is honoured again, this time on the sterling silver proof dollar.
For many, the laughter of the loon is the true voice of the Canadian wilderness. With tapered body and white-patterned plumage, the loon is a favourite subject of Canadian artists. It is often pictured gliding over the glassy water, alone, with a mate or with its young. Rarely is the loon depicted on the wing of just as it surges into flight. Due to the rearward position of its feet, the loon takes off with difficulty, running awkwardly on the water and beating its wings for long moment before it soars skyward.
For the 1997 Silver Proof Loon Dollar, artist Jean-Luc Grondin has chosen to portray the loon in that dramatic moment of simple, primitive power just before flight.
The coin comes encapsulated and presented in a black leatherette case. It is protected by a Royal Canadian Mint branded beauty box and it is accompanied by a booklet of authenticity.
Denomination - Canadian One dollar
Composition - Silver Proof (92.5 Silver and 7.5% Copper)
Weight - 25.175g
Diameter - 36.07 mm
Worldwide Mintage Limit - 25,000
Mint - Royal Canadian Mint