2024 RCM Specimen Set Conservation Stories: Northern Leopard Frog

2024 RCM Specimen Set Conservation Stories: Northern Leopard Frog

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The northern leopard frog is featured in the fifth set in the conservation series. These specimen sets are helping to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and species recovery efforts in Canada.

The loss of even a small species can have big consequences for its surroundings, and so it is with the northern leopard frog—as an indicator species, its wellbeing speaks volumes about the health of wetland ecosystems. Depicted on the 2024 Specimen Dollar, the northern leopard frog was once widespread, but in western Canada, populations have been in sharp decline due to disease, habitat loss and degradation, and the introduction of invasive species. The Rocky Mountain population in British Columbia has been designated “endangered” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) but there’s some good news: the B.C. Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team are working to prevent this amphibian’s local extinction. As part of this team, the Wilder Institute supports head-starting efforts, a conservation breeding program and wild-to-wild translocations. Together with their partners, the Wilder Institute is giving northern leopard frog populations a much-needed helping hand and a shot at bouncing back.

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 His Majesty King Charles III by Canadian artist Steven Rosati.
  • Reverse: The set-exclusive specimen dollar features a reverse design by artist Julius Csotonyi. Its depiction of a northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) shows the amphibian partially submerged in its wetland habitat, where it gently rests on aquatic vegetation, such as Ceratophyllum demersum.

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 2024 Northern Leopard Frog 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.

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