In accordance with Chinese Astrological calendars, 2015 marks the “Year of the Sheep,” a year in which many of one’s long pursued endeavors finally reach fruition. So, to help commemorate the exciting occasion, the Royal Canadian Mint has released this special edition 2015 Sheep Privy Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coin. This exquisite Silver Maple Leaf coin is the fourth coin to be released from the mint’s exclusive Zodiac Privy Mark coin series.
Prominently displayed on the obverse of the coin is the Canadian Maple Leaf. It has been carefully rendered in full detail from its netted veins to its distinct shape. Appearing to the lower left side of the leaf is a miniature horned sheep, which is serving as the mint’s designated privy mark for the 2015 year. Both primary design images have been executed in a proof-like finish as a contrast to their frosted background. Also engraved unto the obverse of the front side is the coin’s purity, weight and country of origin.
The reverse side of the coin proudly showcases the likeness of HRM Elizabeth II as a symbol of Canada’s continued reverence towards its mother country as well as the monarchy. The effigy depicts the beloved ruler in profile, attired in her trademark pearl necklace and earrings with her hair impeccably coiffed. Inscribed in a circular formation around the portrait are her name accompanied by the coin’s denomination and mintage year.