Canada is home to more lakes and ponds than any other country in the world. Water borders many of Canada’s provinces, from rivers and streams to lakes and oceans. Water is important to our economy. Canadians canoe and fish when the weather permits. Ice skating and hockey are popular winter sports around water. The love of water is ingrained into our very nature. Here are six sets of coins from the Royal Canadian Mint that highlight water creatures.
Celebrating Underwater Life in Canada
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and all the two million lakes in between, there are over 200 fish species in Canada. There is no shortage of underwater life in Canada that can amaze and astound. It’s estimated that over three million anglers fish each year in this great country. Even more, people enjoy watching wildlife and appreciating nature in the waters amongst the most beautiful scenery found anywhere. Canadian coin dealers have many options to add coins that celebrate water to your collection. Here are some of our favourites.
2016 Canadian Salmonids $20 Fine Silver 3-Coin Set
Salmon are a Canadian staple. This 3-coin set features the Atlantic Salmon, Arctic Char, and the Sockeye Salmon, designed in full colour on 99.99% silver coins. This set is actually the first time the Royal Canadian Mint has featured a fish on a coin. The coins come with a fish lure as part of the set and are housed in a beautiful box for display.
2013 Canada $5 Contemporary Aboriginal Art – Ice Fishing Father
This $5-coin is truly native to Canada. Designed by Inuit artist Ulaayu Pilurtuut, the coin features a fisherman celebrating his catch. It’s part of a series that focuses on contemporary Aboriginal art. It’s a stunning coin that has a unique minting process; niobium was inserted into the silver coin and colored through an oxidation process for a unique coin. This coin would make a special addition to any coin collection, whether you love art, fishing or coins.
2017 Canada $20 Canadian Underwater Life Fine Silver Coin
The reverse of this $20 coin features a “3D water droplet” and highlights six of Canada’s aquatic treasures. It’s an exquisite piece of art that will remind the owner to cherish and preserve ocean life, not just in Canada, but around the world.
2017 Canada $20 From Sea to Sea – Atlantic Starfish Fine Silver
This $20-coin highlights the Atlantic starfish. Canada’s national motto, “A Mari Usque Ad Mare,” from sea to sea, is a tribute to all things oceanic. This coin is part of three-coin series that celebrates the starfish, the beluga whale, and the Pacific salmon. The starfish is gold-plated to make it stand out against the fine silver coin background.
2021 Canada $20 Generations: Inuit Nunangat Fine Silver
Celebrate the First Peoples of Canada with this $20 coin that highlights an age-old story of the Sea Goddess, Nunangat. With more coins coming in this collection, you’ll want to collect this first coin before it becomes hard to find. It’s a way to honour indigenous storytellers and the sea.
2015 50-cent Lobster – Sea Creatures Pure Gold Coin
This 50-cent coin is a part of a series that celebrates life in the water. The lobster is a staple in Canada’s fishing industry, but it’s also a marvel of sea life. It was once considered fertilizer or the “poor man’s chicken.” Today, lobster is an expensive delicacy.
Collect Coins To Commemorate Canada
Coin collecting is a great way to show off your love of Canada. Start a collection of beautiful coins that celebrate water life. Once you start looking at these coins that honour marine life, you’ll want to display them in your own home. Colonial Acres Coins carries a wide variety of coins that cover many different interests and events. Check out more interesting and collectable coins here.