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Canada 2012 Praying Mantis Insect - Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photograph of the Year Photography Contest Winner $10 Pure Silver Proof

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Unique insect, intricately engraved design and extremely low mintage make this affordable pure silver proof (based on an award-winning photograph) a keeper!

Sold out at the Mint! With its front legs bent forever in seeming supplication, this carnivorous insect’s predatory ferocity is easy to underestimate. Engraved from photographer Robert Ganz’s award-winning Canadian Geographic wildlife photograph capturing a brief moment in time, the delicate strength and balance of one of the insect world’s great apex predators, the Praying Mantis, is yours to enjoy forever! The low mintage of only 7,500 and the extremely affordable price guarantee a quick sell-out of this artistic, pure silver proof featuring an unique animal!

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Canadian Geographic Winning Photograph of Praying MantisAward Winning Photo of Praying Mantis
“I was trying to catch this praying mantis when it leaped from my hand and landed on a tall piece of grass by the side of the road,” explains the photographer Robert Ganz, who captured the ephemeral moment depicted on this coin.

This pure silver proof features the image from the 2011 Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photograph of the Year, taken by Robert Ganz of Montreal, Quebec. This stunning moment of balance as a mantis, having leapt from the photographer’s hand, delicately bends a grass flower earthward. Against a shining, fully mirror field, a long, downward-curving grass flower crosses the diameter of the obverse image. A slender praying mantis, its full body, head, and wings presented in profile, hangs delicately from the grassflower.

For more information on the Praying Mantis, please see the article lower in this presentation, below the blue specifications box.

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Investment Note
A low mintage of only 7,500, intricately engraved and extremely affordable! Consider too the unique animal subject - how many praying mantis coins are there out there, anyway? We see a bright future for this intriguing insect silver proof!

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Technology Note
Canada 2012 Praying Mantis $10 Silver in boxThe Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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A praying mantis bends a tuft of grass earthwards, delicately clinging to its underside. 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 legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2012
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit    7,500
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Robert Ganz
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Nature’s Perfect Predator: The Praying Mantis

With its front legs bent in the universal position of supplication, this carnivorous insect’s predatory ferocity is easy to underestimate. Mantises use these front limbs not for prayer, but to catch, hold, and devour prey up to three times their own size. And devour they do: Mantis religiosa feeds voraciously on unsuspecting moths, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects, and has been documented eating hummingbirds, snakes, lizards, rodents, turtles, and more.

The praying mantis’s status as an apex predator of the insect world is rooted in three important adaptations: camouflage, unique highly acute vision, and incredible reflexes. Usually brown or green, the praying mantis has two large, compound eyes each equivalent to about 10,000 simple eyes. These compound eyes have special areas where the simple eyes are larger and allow in more light thus allowing for more acute vision and assisting the mantis in seeing prey. Unlike other insects, the mantis can swivel its head almost 360 degrees—further assisting its hunting ability. Once it has spotted a potential meal, it sits completely still, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When the mantis does strike, it does so at twice the speed of a blinking eye. Its “praying” front arms, burred with vicious spikes along their length, lash out with astonishing speed, pinning the victim in place while the mantis almost immediately begins to feed upon its still-living quarry.

Although its cannibalistic qualities are well known—particularly its habit of sexual cannibalism, where the female attacks and eats the male during mating—this behaviour is generally sensationalized. While killing the male during mating aids with fertilization in some mantid species, the practice is not particularly common and generally happens only when the female is desperate for food.

More than 2,000 species of these insects can be found in diverse habitats around the world. The praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, was introduced to Canada early in the 20th century and is considered a helpful insect for farmers and gardeners because it helps to keep pest numbers down. In Canada, the praying mantis is found primarily in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.

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