The maple leaf—the focal point of Canada’s national flag and arguably the country’s best-recognized symbol at home and abroad—is found on ten different maple species growing across Canada.
There are surely some maple trees near each lake or pond at which Canada geese live, and just like the widespread maple, the Canada goose is likewise icon figure found from coast to coast, flying as far north as the Arctic during the summer.
On Aug. 31, the Royal Canadian Mint released its 2016-dated Maple Leaf Silhouette: Canada Geese half-ounce silver coin, which has a mintage of 22,000 pieces. It’s only the third-ever maple-leaf-shaped coin struck by the Mint. The Proof-finish coin is composed of 99.99 per cent silver and has a 39.6-mm diameter.
The coin’s obverse was designed by Trevor Tennant and depicts two Canada geese feeding in shallow water; “10 DOLLARS” and “2016” are also engraved.
The obverse depicts Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II within the contours of a maple leaf. “ELIZABETH II”, “CANADA”, and “D.G. REGINA” are also engraved.
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