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2024 Canada Conservation Stories: Northern Leopard Frog Specimen Set

2024 Canada Conservation Stories: Northern Leopard Frog Specimen Set

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2024 Canada Conservation Stories: Northern Leopard Frog Specimen Set

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.

The 2024 Specimen Dollar features one of British Columbia’s most at-risk species. Order your Specimen Set today.

The only remaining population of northern leopard frogs in British Columbia is located in a protected area: the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area in south-central B.C.

The semi-aquatic northern leopard frog plays an important ecological role by transferring nutrients between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

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 obverse features the effigy of His Majesty King Charles III by Canadian artist Steven Rosati.

RCM Number: 245915
Mintage: 30,000
Finish: Specimen
Artist: Julius Csotonyi (dollar reverse), Steven Rosati (obverse)

Composition Weight Diameter Edge
2 Dollars Outer ring: Nickel-plated steel
Inner core: Brass-plated aluminum bronze
6.99 g 28.03 mm Interrupted serrations
1 Dollar Brass-plated steel 6.27 g 26.50 mm
50 cents Nickel-plated steel 6.90 g 27.13 mm Reeded
25 cents 4.44 g 23.88 mm
10 cents 1.75 g 18.06 mm
5 cents 3.95 g 21.20 mm Plain

Special Features:
  • Fifth in the series. This is the fifth specimen set in a series that is helping to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and species recovery efforts in Canada.
  • A world exclusive. The Royal Canadian Mint is the only mint that issues an annual set of coins in a specimen finish (brilliant/frosted relief against a lined background). This Specimen Set continues to be one of the most popular sets produced each year by the Royal Canadian Mint.
  • New effigy. This is the first specimen set to feature the Canadian effigy of His Majesty King Charles III. The effigy appears on every circulation coin featured in this set.
  • A set exclusive specimen dollar. For 2024, the set’s specimen dollar highlights the plight of the endangered Rocky Mountain population of northern leopard frog, and the species’ leap towards recovery. The specimen dollar is exclusive to this set.
  • Packaged for easy viewing. All six coins—$2, the specimen $1, 50 cents, 25 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents—come ready for viewing and are presented side-by-side in elegant book-style packaging (with a removable lens) that will further enhance your enjoyment of these coins.
  • For nature and wildlife lovers. Inspire a child to collect coins: this affordable set’s educational theme makes it a great gift for animal lovers of all ages, and its educational theme makes it the perfect starter set for a new collector.
  • Limited supply. Mintage is limited to 30,000 sets.
The specimen set comes in elegant book-style packaging, with a removable lens that allows for easy viewing of your coins.

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