Skip to content

Danger! A beaver spies a wolf and warns others

February 16, 2015
$50 for $50 fine silver coin - Beaver (2015) - designed by Emily S. Damstra

$50 for $50 fine silver coin – Beaver (2015) – designed by Emily S. Damstra

The Royal Canadian Mint is now shipping this silver coin bearing my illustration of a beaver about to slap the water with its tail to warn other beavers in the colony of potential danger. Beavers do this when they detect the sound or the scent of a potential predator, such as a bobcat, a human, or in this case, the wolf standing on the shore in the background. This warning will prompt other beavers to seek the shelter of the pond.

A clearer, nicer image may be seen at the Mint’s website here.

This coin comes in a folded cardstock “package” bearing an image of the coin’s reverse on the front:

package front - $50 for $50 fine silver Beaver (2015)

package front – $50 for $50 fine silver Beaver (2015)

And on the inside, my original drawing:

package inside - $50 for $50 fine silver Beaver (2015)

package inside – $50 for $50 fine silver Beaver (2015)

The Mint’s talented engravers used this illustration to make the coin. The drawing of trees and branches that surrounds my coin illustration was done by someone else; unfortunately the packaging does not identify that artist.

Someone recently asked me what my favorite coin is (that I’ve designed), and I replied that my three favorites include this beaver, about to slap its tail. (The other two favorites are here and here).

Advertisements
4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2015 11:55 am

    Very cool-love all the water droplets! I’m amazed at how much detail they can get on these coins…

  2. February 16, 2015 1:55 pm

    Thanks Karen! I too am always amazed at how much detail can be engraved in a coin like this.

  3. March 5, 2015 1:51 am

    One of your best works yet! Looking forward to seeing more displayed on our national coinsage.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s