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Canada 2013 Butterflies of Canada II #1 - Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly $20 Pure Silver Proof with Color

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES - Butterflies of Canada II - and a phenomenal original work of art! Capture the colorful Tiger Swallowtail Pure Silver Proof before it flutters away!

Sold out at the Mint! Welcome to the Butterflies of Canada, the colorful new wildlife program from the Royal Canadian Mint! Every summer people around the world witness a fluttering art show as butterflies take to the air! There are some 24,000 species of butterflies in the world, with Canada home to 297 of these beautiful insects, including the Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis). In all, there are 14 different sub-species that bring the Tiger Swallowtail to all Canadian provinces and territories, even and as far north as the Arctic Circle! The Swallowtail's wing pattern is truly a marvel, a vibrant display of hues that could only be captured by the RCM's proprietary colorization technology! Struck in 99.99% pure silver on a large 40 millimeter diameter planchet (the better to showcase the art and artistry of this majestic butterfly), and with a mintage limit of only 10,000, we recommend you add this first of a new series to your collection today!

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Tiger Swallowtail ButterflyInvestment Note - A fast sell out at the Mint was expected and has occurred. As the first in a new series, we can not recommend this beautiful silver proof highly enough.

The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
The Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis) is one of Canada’s most recognizable butterflies. With its broad wingspan of up to 4 inches (10 cm) and the distinctive yellow and black tiger stripe pattern on its wings and body, the Tiger Swallowtail is a striking feature of springtime in North America.

The Swallowtail’s showiest attributes, its wings, are also its most fascinating. The name of the order for all butterflies, Lepidoptera, means "scale winged" and refers to the unique structure of butterfly wings, which are composed of microscopic scales layered on a thin, transparent membrane called chitin that stretches over structures that are much like veins. This wing construction, which is being studied by scientists for applications in photonics and solar heating, helps butterflies to collect solar heat as they bask in the sun. The black coloring common on the wings of many butterflies, including the Tiger Swallowtail, is also important in this process. The unique internal structure of the wing scales is responsible for the shimmering color of many butterfly wings.

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Unlike other Swallowtail species, the Tiger Swallowtail breeds only a single generation each year. Its survival mechanisms, which include exceptional camouflage, help to protect it through its various stages of life. The larvae go through several moults, with their color at each stage adapted to camouflage them from predators. In the earliest stages, they resemble bird droppings to deter consumption by birds. By the time they are mature caterpillars, they are dark green with two spots that look like eyes on their swollen front-section, lending them an uncanny resemblance to the head of a snake. They feed only at night, a further protection. When the caterpillar does need to defend itself, the osmeterium, an organ at the back of the head that is unique to Swallowtails, releases a foul smell.

Tiger Swallowtail $20 Silver Box Found at the edges of hardwood forests and prevalent in flower gardens and among flowering bushes like lilac, the Tiger Swallowtail is common in all regions of Canada from mid-May to July. Its range extends from the United States north to the Arctic Circle.

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Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin.

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Purity 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 silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2013 Tiger Swallowtail Silver $20 Proof in BoxObverse

A meticulously detailed and miraculously colored vignette of a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly landing on a dandelion flower. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 full color outer box with lenticular images. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 28.02 g
Diameter 40 mm
Mintage Limit      10,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Celia Godkin
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail: Harbinger of Spring

The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio canadensis) is one of Canada’s most recognizable butterflies. With its broad wingspan of up to ten centimetres and the distinctive yellow and black tiger stripe pattern on its wings and body, the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is a striking feature of springtime in Canada.

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The Swallowtail’s showiest attributes—its wings—are also its most fascinating. The name of the order for all butterflies, Lepidoptera, means scale winged and refers to the unique structure of butterfly wings, which are composed of microscopic scales layered on a thin, transparent membrane called chitin that stretches over structures that are much like veins. This wing construction, which is being studied by scientists for applications in photonics and solar heating, helps butterflies to collect solar heat as they bask in the sun. The black colouring common on the wings of many butterflies, including the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, is also important in this process. The unique internal structure of the wing scales is responsible for the shimmering colour of many butterfly wings.

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Unlike other Swallowtail species, the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail breeds only a single generation each year. Its survival mechanisms, which include exceptional camouflage, help to protect it through its various stages of life. The larvae go through several moults, with their colour at each stage adapted to camouflage them from predators. In the earliest stages, they resemble bird droppings to deter consumption by birds. By the time they are mature caterpillars, they are dark green with two spots that look like eyes on their swollen front-section, lending them an uncanny resemblance to the head of a snake. They feed only at night—a further protection. When the caterpillar does need to defend itself, the osmeterium, an organ at the back of the head that is unique to Swallowtails, releases a foul smell.

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Found at the edges of hardwood forests and prevalent in flower gardens and among flowering bushes like lilac, the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is common in all regions of Canada from mid-May to July. Its range extends from southern Canada to the Arctic Circle.

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