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Canada 2011 Wildlife Conservation #3 - Orca Killer Whale $3 Square Silver Rectangular Specimen with 24-Karat Gold Plating

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Canada's fourth square coin - and the third in the new Wildlife Conservation series - the Orca or Killer Whale is sure to be a hit!

Sold out at the Mint! The Royal Canadian Mint and Talisman Coins are concerned about the state of the environment and the great outdoors. The natural world is experiencing many challenges; animals in particular are not able to speak up or advocate on their own behalf. We want to heighten awareness of the many problems faced by endangered animal species in North America. Hopefully the dramatic and unusually-shaped Wildlife Conservation Series will raise the profile of some of these threatened beasts.

An adult orca or killer whale completely breaching or leaping out of the water.Highly Intelligent Marine Hunter - Endangered
The killer whale (Orcinus orca), commonly referred to as the orca, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which they are the largest member. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. They are able to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots, making them the world's fastest sea mammals.

Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators and preying on even large sharks.

Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, are taught to and passed on to subsequent generations, in what has been described as manifestations of culture.

An adult orca or killer whale exhibiting spyhopping behavior, which helps it to see its surroundings better.The IUCN currently assesses the orca's conservation status as data deficient because of the likelihood that one or more killer whale types are separate species. Some local populations are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution (by PCBs), capture for marine mammal parks, and conflicts with fisheries. In late 2005, the killer whales known as the "southern resident killer whales" were placed on the U.S. Endangered Species list.

Wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans, although there have been cases of captive orcas killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks. Killer whales feature strongly in the mythologies of indigenous cultures, especially the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, with their reputation ranging from being the souls of humans to merciless killers.

Their distinctive intelligence, sociability, and playfulness, particularly their spectacular leaps, have made orcas an important symbol of Wildlife Conservation.

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The Orca $3 Square Silver Specimen is the third in the new Wildlife Conservation Series from the Royal Canadian Mint. Square silver coins commemorating the following endangered animals are planned:

    Barn Owl
    Polar Bear
    Orca (Killer Whale)
    Black Footed Ferret

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A pair of orcas or killer whales playing or frolicking.Investment Note
This is only the fourth square coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, and it has a very low mintage limit. The first, the 2006 Beaver Square $3 Silver coin (with a higher mintage) sold out at the Mint in two weeks, and has appreciated significantly in the aftermarket.

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Technology Note - Shape
This unusual, gold-plated square coin is the fourth Canadian coin to take on this shape!

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian MintÂ’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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The Specimen Finish
This coin features the uniquely Canadian "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both brilliant and mirrored surfaces, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting, matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen finish.

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An orca or killer whale breaches (breaks the surface of the water), with the sun above him. The unusual face value, 3 DOLLARS, and the date of issue also appear.

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") also appears.

The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsAn adult orca or killer whale porpoising, in order to swim faster.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
Face Value 3 Dollars
Weight 11.80 g
Diameter 27 mm
Mintage Limit     15,000
Finish Specimen with 24-Karat Gold Plating
Composition .925 Fine (Sterling) Silver
Edge Plain
Artist Jason Bowman
Certificate Individually numbered

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