Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The beauty of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) is magnificently captured on the reverse through different engraving techniques, finishes, and the full application of colour. As the green aura shimmers and dances in the night sky, the effect is doubled in the mirror-like surface of the lake below; there, at the water’s edge, sits another icon of the northern wilderness: the wolf. Alone on the rocky shoreline and surrounded by the forest, this powerful hunter breaks silence’s hold on the landscape by lifting its head towards the sky to release its mournful howl. The entirety of this design results in a powerful and artistic testament to the natural beauty of the landscape in Canada’s northern latitudes.
A brief annotation
The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, is a natural phenomenon that has long left stargazers and casual observers breathless. While this impressive light show occurs throughout the year, it is seemingly at its best during the fall and winter in Canada’s northern regions where nature reigns supreme; such is the peaceful setting that is conveyed by this coin through the eye-catching combination of a cool colour palette, finely detailed engraving and a mirror-like gleam.