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Canada 2012 $20 Commemorative #03 - Polar Bear Swimming Endangered Species Pure Silver Specimen Finish

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Exciting and affordable - a true bargain, struck in the purest silver in the world! A swimming polar bear with a mintage limit and high face value - what's not to love?!

Sold out at the Mint! We have managed to acquire a limited quantity of this unique (and perhaps even revolutionary!) Polar Bear pure silver coin! The North American polar bear is the world's largest land carnivore, but is now threatened and endangered by global warming. In this new and exciting perspective, we see the polar bear swimming toward us, half above water and half below the surface! For more information and images of this proud beast, please see the presentations below.

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Canada 2012 $20 Polar Bear Commemorative in full color packageCanada $20 Silver Commemorative Program
Far and away the most popular series in recent memory, the highly collectible Canadian $20 Silver Commemorative Program offers coin collectors of all means the opportunity to acquire significant, striking designs, all minted in the purest silver on the planet! All have sold out at the Mint quickly - don't delay - get yours today! The coins in this program include:

    1)  2011 Maple Leaf $20 Silver Commemorative
    2)  2011 Native American Canoeist $20 Silver Commemorative
    3)  2012 Polar Bear Swimming $20 Silver Commemorative
    4)  2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
    5)  2012 Farewell to the Penny $20 Silver Commemorative
    6)  2012 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
    7)  2013 Year of the Snake $20 Silver Commemorative
    8)  2013 Hockey Player $20 Silver Commemorative
    9)  2013 Wolf $20 Silver Commemorative
  10)  2013 Iceberg & Humpback Whales $20 Silver Commemorative
  11)  2013 Santa Claus $20 Silver Commemorative
  12)  2014 Canadian Goose $20 Silver Commemorative
  13)  2014 Bobcat $20 Silver Commemorative
  14)  2014 Summertime Fun $20 Silver Commemorative

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What's all the fuss about, er, I mean, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways...
• The Mint has imposed a limit of 3 per collector (go ahead, ask yourself why)! But we have no limit at the present.
• High face value.
• Limited mintage - only 1 in 135 Canadians can ever own one! (And what does that leave for the rest of the world?!?!)
• Significant precious metal content.
• Minted in the purest silver available in the world - only the Royal Canadian Mint strikes four 9s fine silver coins!
• The first two $20 Silver Commemorative releases sold out in mere days!
• Handsome specimen finish - unique to the RCM!
• Simple yet evocative artistry, designed and engraved by artist Emily Damstra - and the first underwater view of a polar bear swimming we've ever seen on a coin!
• Symbolic design - the polar bear trying to keep its head above water symbolizes the challenges of endangered species throughout North America, as many threatened animals trend toward extinction.

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No-Exposure Proposal
Precious silver, a limited mintage, and a $20 denomination - here's a no-risk proposition if there ever was one! With economists becoming more and more anxious about the rising debt levels of Western nations, the timing couldn't be better. (Think about the incredibly huge federal budget deficit, all the states' financial problems, and the recent defaults in Europe.) The worry of fiat (paper) money ending up worthless also contributes to the ongoing rise in popularity of precious metals. Well, here's some relief - a precious metals coin with a high face value, too!

Consider just this one simple fact - we're selling this unique $20 Silver Commemorative coin at a price that's less than its on-the-table, in-your-hand value - the $20 denomination plus the $8.50 spot value of the silver (at current (as of this writing) $34 per ounce silver) is essentially its price in the Special Quantity Discount 10-Pack!

It Simply Adds Up
Do the math:   High Face Value + Significant Precious Metal Content + Wildlife Theme + Mintage Limit = No-Risk Winner

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The Quintessentially Canadian (and American!) Polar Bear
The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming.For many North Americans, the profile of a polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is as recognizably Canadian as the shape of a maple leaf or the silhouette of a Canada goose. Canada’s polar bears comprise more than half of the entire world's population, since they live primarily in the coastal regions of the Arctic, depending upon sea ice to hunt the ringed seal. The polar bear’s adaptations to its carnivorous lifestyle in the frozen north include a thick layer of subcutaneous fat, dense water-repellent fur the color of snow, fur on the bottoms of its paws for traction and warmth, sharp claws, and an elongated body and huge forepaws that make polar bears great swimmers.

This design features the polar bear in a seldom-seen setting, for which it is so well adapted, in the water. Shown in an unusual perspective swimming toward the viewer, the bear is nonetheless immediately recognizable by the shape of its head, turned to one side. A large and powerful forepaw reaches forward, displaying the bear’s claws and conveying its strength in the water as it paddles.

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Technology Note

The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This one-quarter ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2011 $20 Silver Canoe PackageThe 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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In this new and exciting perspective, we see the polar bear swimming toward us, half above water and half below the surface! The legend FINE SILVER 9999 guarantees the purity. The date and denomination are also indicated.


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 date, denomination and the legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA (“Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God”) also appear.

The coin comes encapsulated inside vinyl pouch, inside a full color folding booklet. A certificate of authenticity is integrated.

Country Canada
Year of Issue   2012
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 7.96 g
Diameter 27 mm
Mintage Limit 250,000
Finish Specimen
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Emily Damstra
Certificate Included
The Largest Terrestrial Carnivore - Endangered
The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming.The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native largely within the Arctic circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world's largest land carnivore and also the largest bear (together with the omnivorous Kodiak bear, which is approximately the same size). An adult male weighs between 770 and 1,500 pounds (350–680 kg), while an adult female is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, the polar bear has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea (hence their scientific name meaning "maritime bear") and can hunt consistently only from sea ice, so they spend much of the year on the frozen sea.

As of 2008, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) reports that the global population of polar bears is only 20,000 to 25,000, and is declining. In 2006, the IUCN upgraded the polar bear from a species of least concern to a vulnerable species. It cited a "suspected population reduction of great than 30% within three generations (45 years)", due primarily to global warming. Other risks to the polar bear include pollution in the form of toxic contaminants, conflicts with shipping, stresses from recreational polar-bear watching, and oil and gas exploration and development. The IUCN also cited a "potential risk of over-harvest" through legal and illegal hunting.

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The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming. A little good news - on 15 May 2008, the United States listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and banned all importing of polar bear trophies. Importing products made from polar bears had been prohibited from 1972 to 1994 under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and restricted between 1994 and 2008. Under those restrictions, permits from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service were required to import sport-hunted polar bear trophies taken in hunting expeditions in Canada. The permit process required that the bear be taken from an area with quotas based on sound management principles. Since 1994, more than 800 sport-hunted polar bear trophies have been imported into the U.S.

Unfortunately, Canada has not followed suite with a hunting ban. The territory of Nunavut accounts for 80% of Canadian kills. In 2005, the government of Nunavut increased the quota from 400 to 518 bears, despite protests from some scientific groups. In two areas where harvest levels have been increased based on increased sightings, science-based studies have indicated declining populations, and a third area is considered data-deficient. While most of that quota is hunted by the indigenous Inuit people, a growing share is sold to recreational hunters (0.8% in the 1970s, 7.1% in the 1980s, and 14.6% in the 1990s). The Government of the Northwest Territories maintain their own quota of 72–103 bears within the Inuvialuit communities of which some are set aside for sports hunters.

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