2023 RCM Specimen Set: Conservation Stories: Greater Sage-Grouse

2023 RCM Specimen Set: Conservation Stories: Greater Sage-Grouse

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The elaborate courtship display of the male greater sage-grouse has been captured on the 2023 specimen dollar which highlights the endangered status of a species that now occupies just 7% of its historical range in Canada.

With fewer than 250 remaining in the wild, Canada’s greater sage-grouse population has been the focus of collaborative efforts to support the recovery of both the grassland species and its sagebrush habitat. Those efforts include a captive breeding and reintroduction program led by the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo; as of early 2022, 187 conservation-born sage-grouse have been released onto protected lands in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, home to only five known communal mating grounds (leks). Hope for the greater sage-grouse’s recovery grows, as ongoing research and population management strategies are working to slow the population’s decline and boost its chances of survival.

Set Highlights:
  • This set includes a $2 coin composed of nickel, steel and brass; a $1 coin composed of brass plated steel, and $0.50, $0.25, $0.10 and $0.05 coins composed of nickel plated steel.
  • Displayed in book-style packaging with removable lens and serialized certificate. Maroon outer cover with black box.
  • These uncirculated coins have been carefully selected to provide you with the best examples of their kind.
  • Obverse: The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.
  • Reverse: Designed by Canadian artist David Caesar, the set-exclusive specimen dollar features a depiction of a male greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) performing its elaborate courtship display in its sagebrush (genus Artemisia) habitat.

Inspect the newest addition to your collection with ease by adding a magnifier to your order.

The affordable set makes a great gift—it is an easy way to share your passion and interests by starting a young person on their collecting journey. Add this 2023 Greater Sage-Grouse coin set to your cart today!

While Canada is home to an estimated 80,000 species, many are facing an uncertain future. Habitat loss and human activities are putting the country's natural heritage at risk. But there is reason to hope for the future, thanks to the efforts of organizations, volunteers and everyday Canadians. The future of endangered species and habitats is in our hands, and this year’s specimen set is a reminder that conservation is a long-term commitment.

The Royal Canadian Mint
Since 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint has been a world leader in producing high-quality coins. They are most well known for the Silver and Gold Maple Leaf coins, but they have also produced numerous award-winning coins and are one of the most innovative mints in the world. The RCM releases new, high-quality coins every month. Browse new and upcoming Royal Canadian Mint products frequently to see updates.

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