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Canada 2014 Animal Architects #2 - Orb Weaver Spider and Web $3 Pure Silver Proof with Color

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Second in the new and extremely popular series of animal architects, the home of this unique arachnid, the web of the orb weaver spider, graces this beautiful, affordable pure silver proof with full color!

Sold out at the Mint! The Royal Canadian Mint releases the second in the new Animal Architects Series of silver proofs, the Orb Weaver Spider and his web! America's vast wilderness is home to thousands of animal species; among these are the builders - some of nature’s most talented and fascinating creatures. From bird nests to beaver dams, honeycombs to anthills, the structures designed and created by these animal architects are models of structural strength and intricacy that have inspired human building in fields such as architecture and engineering.

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Orb_Web_Weaver_SpiderA Colorful, Dramatic Design!
The innovative new Animal Architects program combines outstanding design and engraving with the Mint's proprietary colorization technology to dramatic and artistic effect! The design, by Canadian artist Yves Bérubé, features a full color vignette of an orb-weaver spider sub-species bearing light and dark markings on its back, body, and eight legs. The spider is viewed from the top, poised atop an embossed orb web rendered in fine detail. The image is lent dimensional detail through expert engraving. The spider occupies the upper left quadrant of the web, moving toward the central hub where it will sit in wait for its unsuspecting insect prey.

The low mintage limit of only 10,000 and the extremely affordable price suggest a quick sell-out of this artistic, pure silver proof featuring an unique animal!

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The Honey Bee: Amazing Insect Engineer
For thousands of years, in numerous cultures, the spider has been associated with power and mystery, as much for its incredible weaving powers as for its venomous bite. Family Araneidae, representing more than 300 species of orb-weaving spider globally, is the spider group that spins the circular vertical “orb” webs we see regularly in gardens and forests across the United States, Canada and around the world. Each of these wheel-like constructions is a miracle of natural engineering that scientists in many nations are studying for human applications, from web biomechanics to next-generation silk fibers.

Click here for the new series of coins featuring the beautiful and intriguing dragonflies!

Because orb webs are so ubiquitous, it is easy to overlook how astounding they are. The central hub is a non-sticky region where the spider lurks in wait for its prey. The raw materials of web-building - spider silks - are some of the strongest and most flexible fibers in the world. Their tensile strength exceeds that of steel and Kevlar, yet they are incredibly elastic as well. Created within the spider’s body from semi-crystalline proteins, spider silks begin as liquids and are transformed into filaments by internal application of pressure by the spider as it excretes the silk from individual spigots. Orb-weaver spiders can create up to 8 different types of silks, each originating in its own gland and having its own properties. Producing multiple threads at once, the spider weaves them into a web with its spinnerets - small organs on the underside of its abdomen.

Though researchers have undertaken experiments in extracting spider silk for the purpose of weaving textiles from these fibers, the task is far from efficient. Scientists have yet to successfully replicate this powerful material or the processes required to produce a structure with the exceptional properties of a spider’s web. Thus, the humble spider maintains her place as the queen of weavers, with the orb web in particular one of her most amazing weaving feats!

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Investment Note
A low mintage of only 10,000, intricately colored, and extremely affordable! Consider too the unique animal subject - how many spiderweb coins are there out there, anyway? We see a bright future for this intriguing insect silver proof!

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Canada 2014 Spider $3 Silver in box Technology Note - Color
This Animal Architects Silver Proof features the Royal Canadian Mint’s patented colorization technology. The RCM 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, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Technology 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 silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A colorful orb weaver spider sits in wait of its prey. Its architecturally marvelous spiderweb is in the background. 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 black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

 

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2014
   
Face Value 3 Dollars
Weight 7.96 g
Diameter 27 mm
Mintage Limit    10,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Yves Bérubé
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Animal Architects

Canada’s vast wilderness is home to thousands of animal species; among these are the builders—some of nature’s most talented and fascinating creatures. From bird nests to beaver dams, honeycombs to anthills, the structures designed and created by these animal architects are models of structural strength and intricacy that have inspired human building in fields such as architecture and engineering.

Click here for more coins featuring interesting insects!

The Astonishing Aerial Architecture of the Orb-Weaver Spider

For thousands of years, in numerous cultures, the spider has been associated with power and mystery, as much for its incredible weaving powers as for its venomous bite. Family Araneidae, representing more than 3006 species of orb-weaving spider globally, is the spider group that spins the circular vertical “orb” webs we see regularly in gardens and forests across Canada and around the world. Each of these wheel-like constructions is a miracle of natural engineering that scientists in many nations are studying for human applications, from web biomechanics to next-generation silk fibres.

Click here for all amazing achievements in the Animal Architects series!

Because orb webs are so ubiquitous, it is easy to overlook how astounding they are. The basic scaffolding of an orb web is laid when the spider climbs a vertical surface, such as a tree, and drops a line of silk. This line is incredibly fine, yet is one of the strongest fibres on Earth. The silken thread floats on the wind until it catches on a second nearby vertical surface, such as a branch, to create a tightrope-like horizontal bridge line. The spider then drops another line from the midpoint of the bridge. From this basic frame, the spider strings a non-sticky border and, through a complex series of manoeuvres, creates radius lines—radii—that join the central line to the periphery of the web structure. The spider then weaves its “capture spiral”—a continuous double thread of a specific type of sticky silk that spirals from the outside of the web toward the central hub. At each junction with a radius line, the capture thread is reinforced with a special glue excreted by the spider. The central hub is a non-sticky region where the spider lurks in wait for its prey.

Click here for the new series of coins featuring the beautiful and intriguing dragonflies!

The raw materials of web-building—spider silks—are some of the strongest and most flexible fibres in the world. Their tensile strength exceeds that of steel and Kevlar, yet they are incredibly elastic as well. Created within the spider’s body from semi-crystalline proteins, spider silks begin as liquids and are transformed into filaments by internal application of pressure by the spider as it excretes the silk from individual spigots. Orb-weaver spiders can create up to 8 different types of silks, each originating in its own gland and having its own properties. Producing multiple threads at once, the spider weaves them into a web with its spinnerets—small organs on the underside of its abdomen.

Though researchers have undertaken experiments in extracting spider silk for the purpose of weaving textiles from these fibres, the task is far from efficient. Scientists have yet to successfully replicate this powerful material or the processes required to produce a structure with the exceptional properties of a spider’s web. Thus, the humble spider maintains her place as the queen of weavers, with the orb web in particular one of her most amazing weaving feats.

Click here for more coins featuring unique and diverse wildlife!

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