Dive into Canada's oceans with this stunning coin that takes you beneath the waves to discover the amazing underwater worlds that lie off Canada's east, west and Arctic coasts. Meet the walrus swimming within the unique 3D water droplet and the diverse ocean residents who face significant challenges brought on by human activity.
Your coin is a powerful work of art that honours water and the creatures that live within it—an inspiring call to cherish and preserve all of Earth's aquatic treasures
Canadian artist Alexandra Lefort has created an engaging underwater scene that takes the viewer beneath the surface to meet the diverse aquatic life that can be found off Canada's shores in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. A 3D droplet dominates the centre of the design and frames a walrus that leads the eye into the design and around the outer edge where six ocean residents are positioned in a manner that roughly mirrors their geographical distribution in Canada. An iceberg floats in the upper right "Atlantic/Arctic" portion of the design while two species of Pacific kelp (bull and northern giant) frame the design as they define the West Coast. Presented clockwise from the top: ivory gulls glide above the water; a northern bottlenose whale; a pair of beluga whales; a leatherback sea turtle; a grey whale; and a basking shark.
Composition 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g) 31.39
Diameter (mm) 38
Face value 20 dollars
Artist Alexandra Lefort (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)