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Canadian $20 Olympic Silver Coin Varied Design

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The commemorative $20 silver coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint from 1985 to 1987 in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada were designed to celebrate the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The series was the second of its kind following a series in the 1970s honoring the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. The coins honoring the Calgary games were, however, different in many ways. Today, you have the opportunity to purchase Canadian $20 Olympic Silver Coins online at Provident Metals.


  • Arrives with an individual protective plastic flip!
  • Produced from 1985 to 1987!
  • Offered with 10 different designs!
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of actual silver content.
  • The face value of $20 (CAD) is backed by Canada.
  • On the obverse is an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The reverse features athletes from several different sports.
  • Proof visuals.
  • Please keep in mind your coins could come with matching designs if you order multiple.

The release of the 1988 Winter Olympics commemorative silver coins marked the first use of the $20 denomination in this type of series. The previous collection honoring the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal featured a denomination of $10. Additionally, while the 1976 Olympics coins were available in BU and Proof, the 1988 Olympics coins were produced only as proof specimens. Another unique facet of the 1988 Winter Olympics coins was the use of edge lettering for the first time on a silver Canadian coin. The phrase XV Olympic Winter Games Jeux DOlympiques DHiver was inscribed on the coins, though some specimens were released that had the inscription missing.


On the obverse of Canadian $20 Olympic Silver Coins, the Royal Canadian Mint features the second-generation right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majestys effigy is accompanied by inscriptions of Canada, Elizabeth II, a date mark of 1985, 1986, or 1987, and a maple leaf.


The reverse of the Canadian $20 Olympic Silver Coins features one of 10 different designs of Olympic athletes. These designs represent the major sports at the Winter Olympics and included designs for downhill skiing, speed skating, hockey, biathlon, cross-country skiing, free-style skiing, figure skating, curling, ski-jumping, and bobsled. Additional elements on each coin include inscriptions of 20 Dollars and Calgary 1988, with the symbol for the 1988 Winter Games and the Olympic rings.


The Royal Canadian Mint capped the mintage of these 10 designs at 5 million across the entire collection. The coins were issued with two designs in 1985, six designs in 1986, and two designs in 1987. The coins both commemorated the upcoming 1988 Winter Olympics and helped finance the cost of hosting the games.


These Canadian $20 Olympic Silver Coins come with 1 Troy oz of sterling silver, or .925, content. The coins are housed in flips for shipping and come with various possible designs. We do not guarantee a design in advance. Your coins will be picked after your payment clears. Please note you may receive coins with the same designs if you order multiple.

Please feel free to reach out to Provident Metals. Our team is available on the phone at 800-313-3315, online using our live chat, and via our email address.

How Does Free Shipping Work?

When the subtotal of your purchase, including applicable discounts, is $199 or more, you receive free shipping for your entire order. In order to receive free shipping on purchases of $199 or more, you must live within the 50 US states. For orders less than $199, a $9.95 shipping fee applies. All products are discreetly packaged and shipped with full insurance included.

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For those orders of $999.99 or less, there is no need to sign for your package. However, you may select the option to require a signature at delivery if you want. This can be chosen and paid for at checkout. All orders of $1000 or more require a signature to complete delivery.

What about International Orders?

Provident is only able to ship to addresses in any of the 50 US states. This includes P.O. boxes and APO addresses.

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Product Details

Year Random
Mint Mark Not Shown
Metals Purity .925
Producer Royal Canadian Mint
Diameter 40 mm
Condition Varied
Denomination $20 CAD
Country Canada
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Olympic
Certificate of Authenticity No
Capsule Size 40 mm
Packaging Plastic Flip
Metal Content 1.095 Troy Ounces
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Provident ID 3840442