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Canada 2013 Beaver #1 - Beaver Family $50 5 Ounce Pure Silver Proof GX WX

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A masterwork of wildlife fine art, a beaver family by artist Emily Damstra, is intricately rendered in pure silver on this meticulously engraved, HUGE and low mintage (1,500) five ounce pure silver proof beauty!

Sold out at the Mint! Talisman Coins is proud to bring you the latest in the Royal Canadian Mint's Canadian Wildlife Exploration Program, featuring realistic, naturalistic representations of some of Canada's best-known animals! These outstanding wildlife designs recall those found on one of the most popular programs ever from the Royal Canadian Mint - the Wildlife Coin & Stamps Sets! Next up is the beaver, one of the official national symbols of Canada, representative of industrious nature! Following hot on the heels of the extremely successful introduction of the Robert Bateman Moose Series (with coins available in silver, gold and platinum), the beaver is certain to be as popular! Low mintage coins in this current slate of releases include:

    1)  Beaver $20 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proof (mintage 8,500)
    2)  Beaver $50 5 Ounce Pure Silver Proof (mintage 1,500)
    3)  Bald Eagle $300 1 Ounce Pure Platinum Proof (mintage 200)

Low mintage coins in the Robert Bateman Moose Series include:

    1)  Bull Moose $20 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proof (mintage 7,500)
    2)  Bull Moose $250 1 Kilogram Pure Silver Proof (mintage 1,000)
    3)  Bull Moose - The Challenge $200 1 Ounce Pure Gold Proof (mintage 750)
    4)  Bull Moose $300 1 Ounce Pure Platinum Proof (mintage 250)

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BeaverInvestment Note - Wildlife themes are always popular, and this is the very first wildlife-themed five ounce pure silver proof in Canadian history! The original work of art depicts a beaver family, and the mintage limit is low - so very low, in fact (only 1,500 total), that a sell out was anticipated and has occurred in record time!

Availability Note - This coin sold out at the Mint on pre-release in a matter of hours! We are currently taking, confirming and guaranteeing orders. We expect to have this coin later this month or early next month.


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    Parliament 150th Anniversary 5 Ounce Silver Proof
    Calgary Stampede - Cowboy on Bucking Bronco 5 Ounce Silver

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A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra features a portrait of a beaver family, its members immersed in the work of felling trees for their dam, lodge, and food cache. On the left side of the image, a large beaver stands upright, hard at work chewing the trunk of a birch tree with its sharp incisors. Wood shavings cover the ground beneath the beaver’s feet and around the base of the tree. The beaver itself stands on its back paws, counterbalanced by its large flat tail, holding the tree trunk with its dexterous front claws. Its small ears, eyes, and nose (which can seal themselves under water) are exquisitely rendered in exceptionally fine detail. On the right side of the image, behind and to the side of the upright beaver, another adult beaver and small kit (cub or young beaver) work on either side of a felled log, trimming away bark and preparing the log for use. On the extreme left of the image, the base of this felled tree is visible. The background of the image reveals a large pond backed by mountainous forest. The beavers’ food cache emerges from the center of the pond.

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Canada's First Currency!
2005 First Day of Minting Obverse & Reverse "Busy as a beaver" refers to the hardworking and industrious nature of this furry critter. Along with the Mountie and the maple leaf, the beaver is considered one of the three iconic symbols of Canada. It's not widely remembered today, but during the 1830s and '40s there was a fashion craze in Europe for beaver-fur hats. This provided the livelihood for the fur-trapping mountain men (voyageurs), who sold them to fur companies. These groups, including the Hudson Bay Company, in turn shipped millions of beaver pelts across the Atlantic - so many, in fact, the the beaver grew scarce and was endangered. Fortunately, the fashion died out in time for the beaver to be saved, allowing it to continue to dam streams and create new habitat for many other creatures.

When trappers would bring their furs to the trading posts, something was needed to represent the value of the pelts. At first, everything from porcupine quills, ivory discs and bits of wood or bone were used - anything that that the trapper and merchant agreed upon.

As the industry became more sophisticated, trade tokens began to appear. As the two parties went through the furs, tokens would be placed on the counter. Once done, the trapper would use them to purchase goods from the store. Some trade tokens were square. Others featured the prize of the fur trade that also reigns as one of Canada's earliest forms of currency - the beaver! A symbol of early Canadian frontier life, the beaver building a dam was featured on the very first Canadian postage stamp in 1851! To this day, the beaver is featured on the Canadian 5 cents (nickel) coin!

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Investment Note
The beaver is one of the most popular of all Canadian animals, as featured on its legal tender coinage and its postage stamps. In fact, the beaver is one of the official symbols of Canada. This five ounce, pure silver coin has a total mintage limit of only 1,500, the absolute lowest ever for a Canadian $50 5 ounce silver proof! We believe that this will be a very scarce issue, difficult to find in the aftermarket, once it is sold out at the Mint.

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Canada 2013 Beaver $50 5 Ounce Silver Proof in BoxTechnology Note - Purity
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 five ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A meticulously detailed and finely engraved detail of a beaver family, felling a tree. The artistry is so subtle and intricate that the individual hairs on the beaver's fur coat can be clearly distinguished under a loupe. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. The date and denomination are 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 reads ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God").

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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 sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 50 Dollars
Weight 157.60 g
Diameter 65.00 mm
Mintage Limit      1,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Certificate Individually Numbered
Artist Emily Damstra

 


Complete Certificate Text

Canada’s National Animal: The Beaver
Along with the Canadian horse, the beaver is one of Canada’s two national animals. While the beaver became an official symbol of Canada in 1975, its use as a symbol of this land goes back to the country’s earliest roots. In fact, a beaver appears on the first coat of arms associated with the land now known as Canada, dating back to the early 1620s.

Castor Canadensis played a major role in Canada’s colonial history, becoming one of the primary motivators for the European explorers of the 17th century to forego their search for a passage to Asia and focus instead on the natural resources offered by the North American continent. With fur at its zenith in European fashions, beaver pelt hats became a product lucrative enough to feed settlement of the “new” continent by England and France.

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The fur trade has long-since ended, and efforts to protect this amazing animal began near the end of the 1800s, when beaver populations were in decline because of over hunting. Weighing up to 32 kilograms and measuring up to a metre in length, the beaver is the largest rodent in North America. Its sharp incisors fell about 200 trees annually, its paddle-like tail acts as a rudder in the water and a counterweight on land, and its adaptations to its semi-aquatic lifestyle are striking. Transparent eye membranes allow beavers to see as well underwater as on land, while specialized ears and nostrils completely close underwater. Its webbed hind feet make excellent swimming paddles and its web-free, sharply clawed forepaws are extremely dextrous, allowing this engineer of the animal kingdom to build its own bodies of water using dams, then construct an architecturally sound underwater lodge and mid-lake food cache, as well as canals where necessary. Its savvy forepaws are also helpful for careful fine-tuning, digging, and transporting its construction materials.

Found throughout Canada from the 49th parallel to the Arctic Ocean, the beaver prefers water courses bordered by deciduous trees and shrubs.

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The Coin
This 50-Dollar coin is certified to be 99.99% pure silver with a diameter of 65 millimetres and a metal weight of 5 ounces.

The reverse design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra features a portrait of a beaver family, its members immersed in the work of felling trees for their dam, lodge, and food cache. On the left side of the image, a large beaver stands upright, hard at work chewing the trunk of a birch tree with its sharp incisors. Wood shavings cover the ground beneath the beaver’s feet and around the base of the tree. The beaver itself stands on its back paws, counterbalanced by its large flat tail, holding the tree trunk with its dextrous front claws. Its small ears, eyes, and nose—which can seal themselves under water—are rendered in fine detail. On the right side of the image, behind and to the side of the upright beaver, another adult beaver and small kit work on either side of a felled log, trimming away bark and preparing the log for use. On the extreme left of the image, the base of this felled tree is visible. The background of the image reveals a large pond backed by mountainous forest. The beavers’ food cache emerges from the centre of the pond.

The image occupies the entire reverse field and is engraved with the word “CANADA,” the date “2013,” and the face value of “50 DOLLARS.” The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

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