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A seahorse in Canada??

When I received an assignment from the Royal Canadian Mint last year to design a coin featuring a Canadian seahorse, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to draw one. I was also surprised to learn that any seahorses, which I think of as tropical fishes, would roam as far north as Canada. Turns out there is one; the Lined Seahorse, Hippocampus erectus, has been found off the coast of Nova Scotia! I had actually drawn this species before (see here) but welcomed another shot at it. Here is my design, recently released by the Royal Canadian Mint:

1/25 OZ Pure Gold Coin - Seahorse - designed by Emily S. Damstra

1/25 OZ Pure Gold Coin – Seahorse – designed by Emily S. Damstra

At just under 14 mm in diameter, it’s a very small coin; nonetheless the RCM engravers did a phenomenal job of capturing the details of this fish, as they did with the first coin in this Sea Creatures series.

The complete specs of the coin are at the RCM website here.

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