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Canada 2012 Crystal Snowflake - Holiday Snowstorm $20 Pure Silver Proof with Opalescent White Swarovski Crystal Gemstones

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A large, beautiful silver snowflake proof - a swirling holiday snowstorm, set with opalescent white Swarovski crystal gemstones - with a very low mintage limit!
 
Sold out at the Mint!Two of the most popular and anticipated releases of the numismatic year are the Crystal Snowflake coins from the Royal Canadian Mint. This year, we're proud to announce a special bonus as well! There's not only 2 new Silver Crystal Snowflakes, there's also a third holiday Swarovski Crystal release - the charming, heartwarming rendition of the Three Wise Men! All previous Canadian Swarovski Crystal Snowflake Silver Proofs have sold out at the mint, so we recommend not delaying if you want to make this beauty yours. There may be discounted multi-packs available - click on the following links see all options!

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A beautiful, crystalline blue snowflake.The Miraculous Snowflake
Not all snowflakes are created equal. If it is very cold, they will fall as "dry" powder. They may also take the shape of slender hexagonal columns that look like tiny wooden pencils under the microscope. The iconic star-shape people adore will only occur when the temperature is around 5° F (-15° C) and the ice crystal can grow large and drift gently earthward without hitting any other crystals.

Scientifically speaking, a snowflake is an aggregate of ice crystals that forms while falling in and below a cloud. They are typically hexagonally symmetrical and form only in certain below-freezing temperature atmospheric conditions. This simple yet dry definition belies the complex splendor of the incredible snowflake, a true miracle of nature. Continuing its wildly popular winter snowflakes from past years, the Royal Canadian Mint has married two of nature's most beautiful and precious minerals, pure silver and Swarovski crystal, to create this breathtakingly beautiful (and rare!) proof coin! The light refracted by the delicate, luminous crystals enhances the silver snowflake design, proving once again that in high art, form follows function. Whether in a winter wonderland or minted in precious metal, the "six-sided dendrite ice crystal" (aka "snowflake") is a beauty to behold!

For more information about Swarovski Crystals, please see the presentation at the end of this article.

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Investment Note
You can't help but desire the Crystal Snowflake Silver Proof! Stunning in its beauty, color, and low mintage, it's a sure keeper! What's not to like?
    * It is embedded with three opalescent white Swarovski crystals!
    * It is minted in 99.99% pure silver!
    * It has a high face value of $20!
* Most importantly, the mintage limit of only 10,000 is not only very small by silver coin standards, it also means that no more than that number of people in the entire world can ever own it!
* All previous Canadian Swarovski Crystal Snowflake Silver Proofs have sold out at the mint virtually instantly, so we recommend not delaying if you want to make this beauty yours.

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Technology Note
The 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 one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!
 
The obverse is well-utilized with an intricately-engraved, full-face image of a swirling, holiday snowstorm, which glitters with three opalescent white Swarovski crystals set in it. The date is also indicated.


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 and denomination also appear.

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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.


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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit       10,000
   
Finish Proof with Swarovski Crystals
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Konrad Wachelko
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

Swarovski Crystal
SWAROVSKI CRYSTALSSwarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, Austria (near Zürich, Switzerland). Swarovski crystal was born when a Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski, invented an automatic cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria). Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented.

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal firm produces a wide range range of products, but is world-renowned for the incredible quality and brilliance of its crystal jewelry.

In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Recent developments include the 2004 release of a new, patented cut, Xilion, designed to optimize the brilliance of roses (crystal components with flat backs) and chatons (diamond-cut crystals).

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