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One of Canada’s most endangered birds struts its stuff on the 2023 specimen dollar.

Each spring, the male greater sage-grouse puts on quite a show: it fans out its plumage, puffs and pops its chest, and struts its stuff in hopes of attracting a mate. This elaborate courtship display has been captured on the 2023 specimen dollar, which highlights the endangered status of a species that now occupies just 7% of its historical range in Canada. With fewer than 250 remaining in the wild, Canada’s greater sage-grouse population has been the focus of collaborative efforts to support the recovery of both the grassland species and its sagebrush habitat. Those efforts include a captive breeding and reintroduction program led by the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo; as of early 2022, 187 conservation-born sage-grouse have been released onto protected lands in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, home to only five known communal mating grounds (leks). Hope for the greater sage-grouse’s recovery grows, as ongoing research and population management strategies are working to slow the population’s decline and boost its chances of survival.

Share your interest in wildlife conservation and grow your collection with this affordable set.

Special features

  • Fourth set in the series. Add the 2023 instalment to your growing collection of specimen sets! This is the fourth set in a series that is helping to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and species recovery efforts in Canada.
  • Packaged for easy viewing. All six coins—$2, the special-themed $1, 50 cents, 25 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents—are presented side-by-side in an elegant book-style packaging, with a removable lens that has been designed to further enhance your enjoyment of these coins.
  • For nature and wildlife lovers. Inspire a child to collect coins: this affordable set’s educational theme makes it a great gift for animal lovers of all ages, and its educational theme makes it the perfect starter set for a new collector.
  • Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.


Your specimen set comes in elegant book-style packaging, with a removable lens that allows for easy viewing of your coins.

A world exclusive

We are the only mint that issues an annual set of coins in a specimen finish (brilliant/frosted relief against a lined background). Every denomination of Canadian circulation coinage is represented in this Specimen Set, which continues to be one of the most popular sets produced each year by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Limited-edition specimen dollar

The set’s specimen dollar features a portrait of the greater sage-grouse, an endangered species that inhabits the same grassland ecosystem as the swift fox featured in 2022. The specimen dollar is exclusive to this set—it is not available for individual purchase.

Designed by Canadian artist David Caesar, the set-exclusive specimen dollar features a depiction of a male greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) performing its elaborate courtship display in its sagebrush (genus Artemisia) habitat. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.

Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 2 | CAD 1 | CAD 0.50 | CAD 0.25 | CAD 0.10 | CAD 0.05
David Caesar (dollar)
30.30 grams
28.03 | 26.5 | 27.13 | 23.88 | 18.06 | 21.20

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