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Canada 2014 Beaver and Lodge Dam Classic 5 Cents Nickel Design 50 Cents 1/25 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof

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The classic Canadian nickel 5-cent piece design of a beaver on his lodge or dam graces the world’s smallest, purest gold proof in a meticulously engraved portrait, creating an affordable must-have for coin collectors everywhere!

Sold out at the Mint! "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. The latest in the affordable and highly collectible series of Canadian 1/25 Oz Pure Gold Proofs commemorates the beaver, as depicted on the classic Canadian nickel or 5-cent piece, designed by G.E. Kruger Gray and in use since 1937! Engraved in exquisite relief which shows the individual hairs in the beaver's fur, the various finishes enhance the overall appearance by adding even more detail to the iconic image we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on the 5-cent circulation coin!

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BeaverNew This Year! Lowest mintage limit ever for the annual 1/25 Ounce Gold Proof - only 7,500! That's 2,500 less than 2013! Every single year the annual 1/25 Ounce Gold Proof from Canada sells out, and every year it then goes up in value. With such a popular theme, our recommendation is not to wait - get your gold beaver today!

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Canada's First Currency!
 "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.

2005 First Day of Minting Obverse & Reverse 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!

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. Previous 1/25 ounce pure gold coins (from the 2004 Moose to the 2011 Canada Geese and the 2012 Bluenose Schooner) all sold out at the mint and are hard to find. Recently, small gold coins have become particularly desirable because of their affordability and collectibility. Finally, the mintage limit on this new release is only 7,500 - the lowest in the series!

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Technology Note
Pure Gold Beaver Proof In Box The marvelous minting technology of the Royal Canadian Mint has brought us the world’s smallest pure gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Obverse
An artistic, realistic and minutely detailed portrait of a beaver, taken from the classic Canadian 5-cent piece design. The date of issue and denomination also appear.

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

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2014
   
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 1.270 g
Diameter 13.92 mm
Mintage Limit       7,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Certificate Individually Numbered
Artist G.E. Kruger Gray

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