|Keeper of the field.
There are countless myths and legends about the barn owl, inspired by its nighttime activities and its unusual black eyes and markings that give its face a haunting expression.
For centuries, the barn owl (Tyto alba) inhabited Europe’s barns and church steeples to feed on the mice that lived there. And when settlers began clearing fields in North America, it was quick to take advantage of the new habitat that was being created in southern British Columbia and southern Ontario—an ecological, environmentally-friendly form of pest control for Canada’s early farmers.
The Barn Owl is listed as endangered in Ontario under COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). Its western population is of special concern and is protected under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the British Columbia Wildlife Act.
The first coin in this exciting four-coin series sets itself apart with its uncommon square shape—the perfect setting to showcase the modern style used to depict an endangered species of Canada’s treasured wildlife. Gold plating on silver brings an upscale enhancement to this must-have limited-edition coin.
A stylized portrait of the barn owl highlighting its unusual facial features with the moon and wooden beams in the background.
Note: Silver is currently in a speculative market and silver coins may be unavailable or subject to price changes. Please phone or email before ordering to confirm price and availability.