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Canada 2011 Big Mammals on Smallest Gold #2 - Cougar, Mountain Lion or Puma 25 Cents 0.5 Gram .9999 Pure Gold Quarter Proof

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The world’s smallest, purest gold proof features the cougar or mountain lion, the legendary big cat of the North America, on this new, low-mintage beauty!

Sold out at the Mint!Yes, it's a gold quarter! In an effort to make proof gold coins affordable for everyone, the Royal Canadian Mint has just announced the second release in its smallest gold coin series ever, the pure gold cougar! Aware that rising gold prices have made purchases of this most-desirable of precious metals prohibitive for many who could previously easily afford gold, the Mint has responded with this reasonably priced investment piece, with a handsome animal motif - minted in gold that's 99.99% pure! (Would you believe, less than a decade ago one could get an ounce of gold for less than $275!) Last year's Caribou Gold Proof sold out handily. With it's limited mintage of only 15,000, don't let this affordable, smallest gold gem escape - get it while you can!

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A straight on forward facing facial portrait of the North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma.The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther (depending on the region) is a feline mammal native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in every major American habitat type. It is the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar, and the fourth largest cat species in the world (after lions, tigers and jaguars). Although large, the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is closer genetically to the domestic cat than to true lions.

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North America's Legendary Big Cat
Averaging 140 lbs (64 kg) in weight (with extremely large specimens weighing in near 300 pounds), and measuring up to 6 feet (3 meters) in length, the cougar is noted for its lithe musculature, long hind legs, and a tail that, at almost 3 feet (1 meter) long, acts as an important counterbalance for the noted jumper.

A capable stalk-and-ambush predator, the cougar pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources include ungulates such as deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep, as well as domestic cattle, horses and sheep, particularly in the northern part of its range. It will also hunt species as small as insects and rodents. The head of the cougar is round and the ears erect. Its powerful forequarters, neck, and jaw serve to grasp and hold large prey. It has five retractable claws on its forepaws (one a dewclaw) and four on its hind paws. The larger front feet and claws are adaptations to clutching prey.

The puma prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but it can also live in open areas. It is territorial and persists at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While it is a large predator, this cat is not always the dominant species in its range, as when it competes for prey with other predators such as the jaguar, gray wolf, American Black Bear, and the grizzly bear. It is a reclusive cat and usually avoids people. Attacks on humans remain fairly rare, despite a recent increase in frequency.

A North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma crossing a stream in the wild.Due to excessive hunting following the European colonization of the Americas and the continuing human development of cougar habitat, populations have dropped in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the cougar was extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century (except for an isolated sub-population in Florida). However, in recent decades, breeding populations have moved east into the far western parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Transient males have been verified in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Illinois, where a cougar was shot in the city limits of Chicago and, in at least one instance, observed as far east as Connecticut.

The cougar’s elusiveness makes it difficult to track and protect. Today, there is evidence that the cougar is returning to parts of its former eastern range and that its western populations are growing. Sightings remain rare as this secretive hunter passes through the landscape like a ghost, leaving behind only a few prints and a lingering aura of mystery and awe.

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A profile facial portrait of the North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma. Investment Note
The gold is pure - four 9s pure (.9999), in fact. And it's affordable. Previously, the smallest gold coin minted by the Royal Canadian Mint was the 1/25 ounce pure gold proof, and these always sell well. But the mintage limit for this new, half gram size of gold coin is only 15,000 - certain to sell out, just like last year's Caribou Gold Proof. Don't miss the boat - get this affordable gold proof while the gettin's good!

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting technology of the Royal Canadian Mint has brought us the world’s smallest pure gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Obverse

Cougar 0.5 Gram Pure Gold Proof In BoxA realistic, intricately detailed, frosted cameo bust bust portrait of a North American cougar growling or hissing. The denomination and date of issue also appear.

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Reverse
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.

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

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 0.500 g
Diameter 11.00  mm
Mintage Limit      15,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Certificate Individually Numbered
Artist Emily Damstra

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