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Canada 2013 Oh! Canada Series #07 - Niagara Falls $10 Pure Silver Proof

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Take a visit to Niagara Falls, the 7th in the new and affordable Oh! Canada Series of pure silver proofs that celebrate 12 iconic touchstones of (and all that is great about) Canada!

Celebrate Canada’s uniqueness with the Oh! Canada program! Canada's national identity is much like its majestic landscape: diverse, storied, and always fascinating! In the ever-changing world of Canadiana, a few concepts tend to reflect the nation’s natural assets and social and cultural institutions. Born of this complex background, these twelve Canadian icons are undeniable touchstones of the majestic land, its wildlife, people and spirit. These are the scenes that plumb the depths of Canada's own pride in itself, while kindling the world's love for the great nation that is Canada! Collect these twelve eminently affordable pure silver proofs - then revisit your coins again and again to marvel at their cultural significance and detailed imagery!

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Twelve Tremendous, Affordable, Definitively Canadian Pure Silver Proofs!
O Canada 12 Coins for 2013

A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
Niagara_Falls.jpgThis seventh release in the new O Canada series features a meticulously rendered design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra: a man, woman, and child standing behind the fence on an observation deck at the base of Horseshoe Falls, one of the three waterfalls that makes up the Niagara Falls. The family is dwarfed by the awesome majesty of the Falls. The man’s right arm is draped around the woman’s shoulders, his left holds the right hand of the child. The Falls are viewed from a vantage point to the right and below, near their base, highlighting their massive size and power. Behind the falls, in the right portion of the central field, the jagged rock face of the Niagara Gorge is visible. In the sky high above the falls, two seagulls soar. The design also features a tiny, stylized Niagara Falls in a circular cartouche to the left of the main Niagara Falls design, balancing the date of issue.

The distinct design hallmark of the O Canada series has the central image set between two semi-circular banners (each laser polished to a gleaming, mirror-like finish) with the top band proudly proclaiming the legend “Canada”, and the denomination in the lower band.

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Niagara_Falls_Night.jpgNiagara Falls!
“Niagara” means “thundering water”, an appropriate term indeed! The sheer power of the 1.5 million gallons per second of water rushing over the edge of a huge gorge is a spectacle that visitors don’t soon forget!

Straddled between two nations, Niagara Falls consists of the Canadian, crescent-shaped Horseshoe Falls (188 feet high) and the straighter American Falls (180 feet high) on the south side of the river. Samuel de Champlain visited the falls in 1613. Today, this natural wonder attracts approximately 15 million visitors annually.

Prior to the nineteenth century, the Niagara Falls were a destination for explorers. French explorer Samuel de Champlain described the Falls in his journals, as did Swedish explorer Pehr Kalm and French priest and explorer Louis Hennepin. In the mid-nineteenth century, a daredevil craze arose around the Falls as men and women from Canada, the United States, and Europe braved the power of the Falls by variously jumping into them, flinging themselves over them in barrels, bouncing over them in rubber inner tubes, or tightrope walking across the Niagara Gorge! Scary!

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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 silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2013 Niagara Falls Silver $10 Proof in BoxObverse

A meticulously detailed and finely engraved detail of portrait of Niagara Falls in all its thunderous majesty! The artistry is so subtle and intricate that the individual stones in the wall of Niagara Gorge 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.

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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. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

A solid wood display case for the entire 12 coin series will be available to purchasers of the entire series sooner or later. The Mint said "Sooner than later," but we think that they meant, "Later."

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit      40,000
   
Finish Matte Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Emily Damstra
Certificate Individually Numbered

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Complete Certificate Text

O Canada

Canada’s national identity is much like its majestic landscape: diverse, storied, and sometimes elusive. In the ever-changing tectonics of Canadian culture, identifiers tend to reflect the nation’s multicultural nature and its geography, fauna and flora, and social and political institutions. Born of this complex background, Canadian icons are distinct because they carry meaning for all Canadians, regardless of where we live or how we came to be here. These are the images that plumb the depths of Canadian pride and kindle Canadians’ love for their home.

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Thundering Waters: The Niagara Falls
The 58-kilometre Niagara River linking Lake Erie to Lake Ontario boasts one of the world’s great natural wonders: the Niagara Falls. Actually composed of three waterfalls, the group of falls known as the Niagara Falls includes the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls on the American side of the river and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. Together, these waterfalls are among the most powerful in the world. Though they are not the highest falls on Earth, they are among the broadest, with a total crest-line spanning about one kilometre. At peak flow, about 6 million litres of water per second flow over the Niagara Falls.

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By night, the Falls are lit from above by spectacular spotlights on the Canadian side of the border. By day, their mist creates stunning natural rainbows. The Niagara Falls tower over the Niagara Gorge, pounding the rocks at their base with such force that the resulting plume of mist from Horseshoe Falls rises high into the sky. Below the Falls, pressure has eroded the river bed to a depth equal to that of the Falls’ height.

Prior to the nineteenth century, the Niagara Falls were a destination for explorers. French explorer Samuel de Champlain described the Falls in his journals, as did Swedish explorer Pehr Kalm and French priest and explorer Louis Hennepin. In the mid-nineteenth century, a daredevil craze arose around the Falls as men and women from Canada, the United States, and Europe braved the power of the Falls by variously jumping into them, flinging themselves over them in barrels, bouncing over them in rubber inner tubes, or tightrope walking across the Niagara Gorge.

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With such incredible power, it would seem unlikely that any force could stop the Falls; but in fact, they have been stopped, slowed, and temporarily dammed both by nature and by people. In March 1848, ice from Lake Erie blocked the flow of the Niagara River for just over a day, drying up the river bed and halting the Falls. In 1969, American engineers temporarily dammed the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls to perform work at the Falls’ base. There have also been a number of winters when ice has significantly slowed the flow of the river, thereby greatly reducing the volume of the Falls.

Today, the Niagara River is a major source of electric power generation for more than one million people in the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York. The use of the water for this and other purposes is overseen by a Canada-USA Joint Commission and regulated by the 1950 Niagara Treaty. Under this legislation, both countries are permitted to divert the flow of the river by specific volumes at specific times of day.

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A Canadian Icon
King George VI, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Christopher Reeves, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain. For everyone from world royalty to Hollywood stars, famous authors to honeymooners, the Niagara Falls have long been a source of wonder, daring, and romance. For Canadians, the Falls are iconic not only for their beauty but also for their association with the Great Lakes, one of the world’s major sources of fresh water and an important symbol of the rich base of natural resources that makes Canada unique. Their magnitude reflects the iconic power of the Canadian wilderness. The Falls are also an important symbol of Canada’s special relationship with its southern neighbour along the world’s longest undefended border. For nearly 200 years, Canada and the United States have peacefully shared the Great Lakes system; in Niagara Falls, this international cooperation is particularly robust—something all Canadians can take pride in.

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