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Canada 2014 Wildlife Treasures #1 - Peregrine Falcon Swooping $5 One Troy Ounce Pure Silver Proof WX

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A masterwork of wildlife fine art, this moving portrait of a noble peregrine falcon swooping down in a mid-air attack position, rendered in pure silver on this meticulously engraved, proof beauty!

Sold out at the Mint! Talisman Coins is proud to bring you the latest in the Royal Canadian Mint's Wildlife Treasure 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!

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This striking coin celebrates the peregrine falcon, an agile, high-speed hunter that forms an integral part of America's rich biodiversity. This beautiful bird of prey (also known as the duck hawk( is a migratory species ("peregrine" means "wandering") that can be found throughout the world, as far north as the arctic tundra. It feeds almost exclusively on other birds by diving on them at incredible rates of speed and knocking them out of the air. In its hunting dive the peregrine falcon can achieve speeds in excess of 250 mph, making it the fastest animal on the planet! It also has an incredible metabolic rate, with its heart beating up to 900 time per minute!

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FalconA Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra depicts a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) swooping down in a mid-air attack position, just before the moment of impact when it knocks down its prey. Please note, four different finishes are used to highlight this majestic bird! Revered since the middle ages, the peregrine falcon is one of the most striking, beautiful, graceful aerial predators in the world. Known for its breathtaking displays of flight agility, the bird can reach speeds over 300km/h while stooping, making it the fastest animal in the world.

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Bird of Nobility
In many parts of Europe, peregrine falcons were captured and trained for hunting by falconers. This sport was practiced for centuries by the nobility. As a result, peregrine falcons were considered royal birds and within many European kingdoms were one of the first animals to be protected by royal decree. This didn't help the bird in the modern era, however - pesticides such as DDT wreaked havoc on its populations by weakening the shells of its eggs and thereby destroying its ability to reproduce.

Today the peregrine falcon is making a comeback, as these harmful chemicals have been outlawed and it has been reintroduced to many parts of its former range. It has received an odd sort of help from man, as it was introduced into urban environments, on the supposition that the tall buildings of the cityscape would mimic its normal, cliff-like abode.

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Fit for a King (and a Holy Roman Emperor!)
Falcon_and_Nestlings.jpg The noble peregrine falcon figures large in history. After the expulsion of the Knights Hospitalers of St. John from Rhodes by the Ottoman Turks in 1522, they needed a new home base. In 1530 the Holy Roman Emperor, King Charles V of Spain, as King of Sicily, gave the Knights the island of Malta (and their new name) in perpetual fiefdom in exchange for the annual payment of a single Maltese falcon, which they were to send on All Souls Day to the King's representative, the Viceroy of Sicily. This move proved to be judicious indeed, as the Knights of Malta successfully withstood the Great Siege of Malta by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1565, thereby buying Christian Europe the time it desperately needed to prepare its defenses. Six years later, in 1571, a united European fleet would end the Muslim threat by decisively defeating the Turkish armada at the Battle of Lepanto, one of the turning points in world history. The historical fact of the king's payment was a key element in Dashiell Hammett's famous book The Maltese Falcon. So if not for the peregrine falcon, all of Europe might be Islamic now!

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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 troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2014 Peregrine Falcon Silver $5 Proof in BoxObverse
A meticulously detailed and finely profiled portrait of a noble peregrine falcon swooping down in a mid-air attack position. The artistry is so subtle and intricate that the individual feathers on the falcon can be clearly distinguished. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. The legend 9999 FINE SILVER 1 OZ guarantees the purity and weight.

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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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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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Country Canada
Year of Issue 2014
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit     20,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain with Edge Lettering
Artist Emily Damstra
Certificate Individually Numbered

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