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Canada 2014 Ice Age Prehistoric Animals #1 - Extinct Woolly Mammoth $5 1/10 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof GX

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Get the FIRST in the popular and sought-after Prehistoric Animals Series of extinct Ice Age beasts! A masterwork of prehistoric fine art, get this dramatic scene of a huge adult Woolly Mammoth, raising its tusks and trumpeting, rendered in one-tenth troy ounce of pure gold on this meticulously engraved proof beauty!

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Sold out at the Mint! Talisman Coins is proud to bring you this very affordable, one-tenth troy ounce pure gold proof - your opportunity to own a prehistoric Woolly Mammoth! Despite the its extinction between 3,500 and 10,000 years ago (depending upon location), the woolly mammoth continues to inspire and intrigue many who identify it with the last Ice Age. Thanks to the frozen environments in which mammoth remains have been found, such as in Alaska and Siberia, they have become one of the most well-known species associated with the Ice Age. Paleontologists and geneticists have even decoded a large part of their DNA! It is amazing to contemplate that early humans in Europe and Asia observed these elephantine giants firsthand, and drew them in their cave paintings! This beautifully crafted coin offers a privileged glimpse in North America's prehistoric Pleistocene era by showcasing this massive beast in stunning detail.

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The Woolly Mammoth of the last Ice AgeAn Original Work of Art
Woolly_Mammoth.jpgCanadian artist Michael Skrepnik has crafted a heart-stopping side view of an Ice Age prehistoricwoolly mammoth, allowing the viewer to get a close glimpse at some of the animal’s unique features (as verified by paleontologists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology). With its head raised, the mammoth’s trunk is outstretched between its famously long, curved tusks. The thick, coarse fur that enables it to survive the colder temperatures is shorter here, reflecting the molting that scientists believe took place in the early summer. The mammoth’s extra hump of fat is seen over the shoulders and are in the background, the low grasses and gentle sloping hills of the mammoth’s habitat stretches past the image’s outer rim on both sides.

The pose highlights the imposing stature of the mammoth, and the natural beauty of its tusks, which could grow to 13 feet (4 meters) long! This finely detailed portrayal has been selectively frosted to enhance the soft natural texture of the fur, and accent its smooth, curved tusks.

Unmatched detail has been achieved through the technically demanding application of multiple finishes: highlights shine and shadows deepen while the depth and texture of the landscape and the scimitar cat’s physical features are enhanced.

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The ferocious scimitar-toothed cat of the last Ice Age hunts its favorite prey, the woolly mammoth

The Woolly Mammoth
If there was ever an animal deserving of the title "King of the Ice Age", it would be the woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). This massive herbivore roamed the frozen landscape for millennia, and was particularly well-suited to the conditions it encountered. Its large size, two coats of hair (outer guard hair and an undercoat of fine wool), and thick layer of fat all helped at heat retention. Its large, curved tusks often show significant wear on the underside, suggesting that the mammoth used them as plows to clear snow and ice off of grasses, its chief food source.

Frozen mammoths continue to be discovered from time to time in Siberia and Alaska. In 2007 an impeccably preserved juvenile, six months old at the time of its demise, was discovered in arctic Russia and transferred to Japan for study.

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The Lore of the Mammoth
Perhaps no other animal sparks the imagination as the Ice Age prehistoric woolly mammoth, a mysterious creature of myth and legend. Here are a few of the intriguing stories about this great beast.

Woolly_Mammoth2.jpg* The last mammoths on earth lived on remote Wrangel Island, north of Siberia in the Arctic Ocean. Over time these mammoths became smaller and smaller, a result of living on the island, until they were only about four feet tall. This relict population survived until about 1700 B.C. - that is, into historical times, and were contemporaneous with the building of the Egyptian pyramids!
*Another dwarf version of the mammoth once lived on the Channel Islands off of the coast of southern California (including Santa Catalina Island), and are believed to have died out about 10,000 BC.
* Czar Nicholas II of Russia is reputed to have served mammoth steaks (from a frozen carcass shipped by railroad car from Siberia) at an Imperial state dinner.
* Mammoth ivory is still recovered in Siberia, and occasionally in Alaska, and though extremely expensive it does not carry the same international bans that elephant ivory does.
* A huge mammoth skeleton, over 12 feet tall, sold in 2007 at a Christie's auction in Paris for over $350,000!
* Scientists are hard at work mapping the genetic code of the mammoth, in what is seen as a preliminary step toward possibly bringing it back from extinction.
* Perhaps the greatest mystery is why the mammoth died out in the first place. Was it climate change? Overkill by paleolithic hunters? A deadly pandemic or disease? Some other event that caused mass extinction? Or perhaps most likely, a combination of two or more factors? The debate continues.

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Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest gold in the world. This one-tenth ounce gold coin is 99.99% pure! No other mint in the world refines or issues a purer gold coin (though the Royal Canadian Mint itself does refine and mint coins of 5 9s or 99.999% purity, its famed .99999 fine coins!).

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Canada 2014 Woolly Mammoth Gold $5 Proof in BoxObverse
Canadian artist Michael Skrepnik has crafted a heart-stopping frontal view of a woolly mammoth. The artistry is so subtle and intricate that the individual hairs on the mammoth can be clearly distinguished. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. The legend 9999 FINE GOLD 1/10 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 full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Country Canada
Year of Issue 2014
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 3.14 g
Diameter 16.00 mm
Mintage Limit     3,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Michael Skrepnik
Certificate Individually Numbered



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