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2022 Canada Conservation Stories: Swift Fox Specimen Set

2022 Canada Conservation Stories: Swift Fox Specimen Set

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2022 Canada Conservation Stories: Swift Fox Specimen Set

Continuing with the Endangered Species theme, the 2022 Specimen Set’s exclusive specimen $1 coin offers you an inspiring wildlife comeback story!

Named for its impressive running speed, the swift fox was once abundant in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The expansion of agriculture and the loss of its grassland habitat—not to mention the effects of predation and poisoning—caused this cat-sized canine to vanish from the Canadian prairies in the late 1930s. It was absent for nearly half a century, but thankfully, reintroduction efforts began in 1983; by 1997, 942 swift foxes had been released into the southern grasslands of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and a small but growing population was successfully established. Through ongoing research, recovery work and coordinated conservation efforts led by various organizations and members of the Canadian Swift Fox Recovery Team, including the Calgary Zoo, the swift fox is mounting a comeback in Canada and is considered one of the most successful species re-introduction stories.

Designed by Canadian artist Claude Thivierge, the set-exclusive specimen $1 coin features a depiction of the Swift fox (Vulpes velox) running through the mixed-grass prairies. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The swift fox is North America’s smallest wild canine — it’s slightly smaller than a housecat. On average, a mature male will weigh about 2.45 kilograms and measure about 80 centimetres long (the length of its tail alone is 28 centimetres).

There’s a reason it’s known as “swift”: this nocturnal omnivore can run faster than 60 kilometres per hour! It spends a lot of its time underground (abandoned badger holes make for great dens). Above ground, it tends to stick to open areas with short or medium mixed grasses that won’t obstruct its view.

Before its reintroduction, the last swift fox was sighted in Alberta in 1938. It was declared extirpated (extinct in one area but existing elsewhere) from Canada in 1978. After successful re-introductions, the species was designated “endangered” in 1998, then downgraded to “threatened” in 2009—a hopeful sign, but also a reminder that conservation is an ongoing process.

Item Number: 202632
Mintage: 30,000
Finish: Specimen

Composition Weight Diameter Edge Artist
2 Dollars Outer Ring: Nickel-plated steel
Inner core: Brass-plated aluminum bronze
6.99 g 28.03 mm Interrupted serrations Brent Townsend (reverse),
Susanna Blunt (obverse)
1 Dollar Brass-plated steel 6.27 g 26.5 mm
Plain Claude Thivierge (reverse)
Susanna Blunt (obverse)
50 cents Nickel plated steel 6.90 g 27.13 mm Reeded Cathy Bursey-Sabourin (reverse)
Susanna Blunt (obverse)
25 cents Nickel plated steel 4.44 g 23.88 mm Reeded Emanuel Hahn (reverse)
Susanna Blunt (obverse)
10 cents Nickel plated steel 1.75 g 18.05 mm Reeded Emanuel Hahn (reverse)
Susanna Blunt (obverse)
5 cents Nickel plated steel 3.95 g 21.2 mm Plain G.E. Kruger Gray (reverse)
Susanna Blunt (obverse)

Special Features:
• Keep your specimen set collection up to date with the 2022 edition! This set is the third in the multi-year Endangered Species series that is raising awareness of wildlife conservation and species recovery efforts in Canada.
• A World Exclusive! The Royal Canadian Mint is the only mint to issue an annual set of coins in a specimen finish (brilliant/frosted relief against a lined background). All Canadian denominations are represented in this set: $2, a special-themed $1, 50 cents, 25 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents.
• Packaged for easy viewing! All six coins are presented side-by-side in an elegant book-style packaging that allows for easy viewing.
• This affordable set’s educational theme makes it a great gift for animal lovers of all ages, and the inspiring story of the swift fox’s reintroduction is a reminder that we can all give nature a helping hand.

Your specimen set comes in elegant book-style packaging, with a removable lens that allows you to display and view your coins with ease.

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