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2005 Canadian $1 Tufted Puffin Dollar Specimen Coin

Item: #2005$1SPC    |    Mfr: Royal Canadian Mint    |   #2005$1SPC




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2005 Canadian $1 Tufted Puffin Dollar Specimen Coin

Face Value: $1
Mintage: N/A
Composition: 91.5% nickel, 8.5% bronze plating
Weight (g): 7
Diameter (mm): 26.5
Finish: Specimen

With colonies concentrated on the province’s islands, the Tufted Puffin is rarely seen, but everyone knows what it looks like. Its big colourful beak, yellow tufts and black, heavyset body are unforgettable! The tufted Puffin spends most of its time at sea.

Its short and stubby wings are perfect for swimming under water, but make flying in the air a challenge particularly on take-off. This is one reason why the Tufted Puffin searches out cliffs as its breeding site. Parents and chicks alike use the edge as a jump off point in order to become airborne a strategy that seems most fitting for this clown-like bird.

This loonie coin was originally released in a Royal Canadian Mint yearly specimen set.


The obverse design features a bust image of Queen Elizabeth II and the phrase "ELIZABETH II D.G. REGINA".

This reverse designed by Mark Hobson and engraved by Christie Paquet features a mating pair of Tufted Puffins tending their nest.

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