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Canada 2010 Baby Animals Special Edition 7-Coin Specimen Set #1 with Common Loon Loonie $1 Dollar and Lynx Kittens Babies $2 Toonie

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A tiny mintage limit + an unique baby animal bimetal and a specimen-finish loonie (both found only here!) make for a must-have set!

Get it while you can! This Special Edition 7-Coin Specimen Set offer unique opportunities - some obvious, some less so:
Sold out at the Mint!     • The bimetallic $2 coin features a pair of baby lynx kittens or cubs, instead of a polar bear.
    • The $1 common loon "loonie" design is issued with a specimen finish for the first time 2003!
    • Each of the above coins is available in this Special Edition Set (and nowhere else!).
    • The mintage limit is only 15,000, a tiny number compared by any standards, even when compared with the regular edition annual specimen set - which sells out at the Mint each and every year!
This is the first time since 2000 that the Mint has issued more than one Specimen Set in a given year - a period of a full decade!

We feel that the $1 specimen finish loonie is the real hidden gem or sleeper here - all $1 and loon collectors need this coin, and 15,000 is far too few to satisfy demand! A quick sell out was expected and has occurred!

Lynx Specimen Set CoinsThe Specimen Set from the Royal Canadian Mint is indeed unique, unlike any other coin set found anywhere else in the world. Each coin features the mint's distinctive "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both brilliant and frosted finishes, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, providing a matte appearance. These combine to give the Specimen Set coins their special aesthetic appeal and flair.

The 2010 Special Edition Specimen Set includes a specimen-finish example of each and every one of the circulation coins of Canada, each of which features a design of national importance, including:

    One Cent Maple Leaf Penny
    Five Cent Beaver Nickel
    Ten Cent Bluenose Schooner Dime
    Twenty-Five Cent Caribou Quarter
    Fifty Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar
    One Dollar Common Loonie "Loonie"
        - First standard, specimen finish Loonie $1 since 2003!
    Two Dollar Bimetallic Baby Lynx Kittens "Toonie"
        - With miniature polar bear privy mark, for good measure!

However, instead of a standard polar bear $2 toonie coin, the 2010 Specimen Set includes a twonie found only in this set (and not released into circulation). This one-year-only design features a pair of baby lynx cubs or kittens - cute as the dickens, waiting for their mother to return!

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The Lynx - "Grey Ghost" of the North!
A pair of super cute baby Canadian lynx kittens or cubs!The shy and reclusive Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) is often called the “gray ghost of the North.” The Lynx is sometimes confused with the bobcat, but when one knows the differences, distinguishing between the two is easy. With its long, thick fur, prominent cheek ruffs, a short, black-tipped tail and oversize paws, it is perfectly adapted for winter. And its distinctive ear tufts amplify sound to make it a formidable hunter. It is also larger than a bobcat, and over twice the size of a large domestic cat.

The Canadian lynx is a solitary and secretive crepuscular animal, mostly active in the early morning and at dusk. Lynx tend to sleep during the day and are moderately active at night. Although solitary, at times small groups may be observed traveling together. The lynx roam about one and a half to three miles each day, and thus require a large territory. When food becomes scarce, the lynx territory will increase; most of the population will roam far, with a select few staying behind in their original territory. The cat tends to stay within 100 yards of the tree line, but does not shy away from swimming. One account records a lynx swimming two miles across the extremely cold Yukon River.

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The lynx can be found in Canada’s boreal forests from Newfoundland to the Yukon Territories, as well as in the northern tier of the United States. It hunts squirrels, grouse and deer, but its preference by far is the snowshoe hare. In fact, the populations of these two animals are inextricably linked. As long as 200 years ago, the Hudson Bay Company began noting how a rise in lynx led to a drop in hares, and how fewer hare led to fewer lynx. Back then, the lynx population would peak at 70 times its low. Today, development, forestry and hunting have brought peak lynx numbers down to six times the low.

Efforts to revive the lynx population are ongoing. And you can show your affection for this wildlife treasure with this unique and prestigious, seven coin special edition specimen set!

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Investment Notes
The standard edition, annual Specimen Set sells out every year, despite a mintage limit of 35,000 to 40,000! This 2010 Special Edition Specimen Set has a mintage limit less than half that - only 15,000! In addition, this set is the only way to get the a specimen finish $1 common loon dollar (it's not in the standard edition, annual Specimen Set) and the Baby Lynx Cubs or Kittens BiMetal $2 Toonie! All collectors of Canadian dollar coins and all loonie collectors need the common loon dollar. These factors, combined with the premium packaging, make this set a tremendous value! A quick sell out was expected and has occurred!

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The Lynx Special Edition 2010 7-Coin Specimen Set from Canada includes the unique Lynx $2, found only here!

Obverse

The obverse of each coin features the familiar designs found on the regular circulation coins of Canada as described and pictured above. The two dollar coin depicts two cute baby lynx kittens or cubs.

Reverse
The reverse of each coin features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and mint mark also appear.

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Packaging
The coins are sealed a sturdy plastic lens, attractively packaged inside a large, burgundy-leatherette book lined with black velvet and protected by a full color outer box. An individually numbered certificate with full specifications accompanies the set.

Set SpecificationsA family of Canadian lynx treks across the frigid, snowy winterscape.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value 3 Dollars and 91 Cents
Mintage Limit 15,000
Finish Specimen
   
Artist Christie Paquet (Baby Lynx Kittens $2)
Certificate Individually Numbered


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