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Canada 2017 Nature's Impressions #1 - Woodland Caribou $20 Pure Silver Proof with Edge Hoof Prints Track Patterning L10 L11

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A serene scene of wildlife and nature, accentuated by a clever technological touch - an adult caribou walks on the sandy shore of a boreal lake, its hoof prints wrapping around the edge of this meticulously engraved, intricately rendered pure silver proof beauty!

Walking in the footsteps of the woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus-caribou) allows for a glimpse of Canada’s unspoiled natural beauty: of a vast landscape and a rugged wilderness that seems untouched by time. This pure silver coin celebrates a beloved Canadian wildlife species and a national icon that is at home in the remote areas of Canada’s expansive boreal forest. In a Mint first, the striking edge patterning features animal prints that are carefully engraved all along the coin’s edge in a continuous track, a creative tie-in to the obverse image itself - a design brought to life through precision engraving, further enhanced by the use of various finishing techniques of the proof finish. This superb wildlife portrait of an elusive woodland caribou captures the majesty of the Canadian wilderness!

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2017 Nature's Impressions Woodland Caribou BoxAn Original Work of Art
This serene scene by Canadian wildlife artist Claudio D'Angelo features a side profile portrait of a woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada’s northern boreal forest. Detailed engraving captures the both the ungulate and the scenery surrounding it in stunning detail, all enhanced by the use of various finishing techniques. In the background, the tall coniferous trees line the edges of a placid lake. The only sense of movement comes from the stocky and long-legged caribou, whose large rack of antlers naturally draws the viewer’s eye. As our caribou moves along the sandy lakeshore, its hooves leave a trail of prints. The entire design gains an added sense of dynamic movement through the caribou’s distinctive hoof prints, which are engraved on the coin’s edge in a continuous track.

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Ancient Spirit of the North: The Mighty Caribou
2017 Nature's Impressions Woodland Caribou Edge View showing Hoof PrintsRangifer tarandus, known as caribou in North America and reindeer in Europe and Asia, is a member of the Cervidae, or deer, family. In Canada, this family also includes moose, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and elk. Native to Canada, four subspecies of Rangifer tarandus occupy tundra and boreal zones spanning from the West Coast to Newfoundland and from the USA-Canada border to Ellesmere Island. In total, Canada is home to about 2.4 million caribou—one of the world’s largest populations.

This midsized ruminant lives primarily on nutrient-rich lichens in the winter, adding leaves and grasses to its diet as they become available in the warmer months. All caribou shovel their way to lichens through winter snows using specially adapted hooves. The hooves, whose rigidity changes with the seasons to give the animal greater grip on ice, rock, or boggy land, also grow much longer in winter to give the caribou greater traction on snow. The two dewclaws at the back of each hoof help to improve the caribou’s weight distribution and balance in any terrain. To escape their main predator, the grey wolf, caribou can run at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, and are fast, strong swimmers.

An original work of art by renowned, practicing wildlife artist Trevor Tennant depicting caribou.All caribou have noses with special adaptations that increase the surface area of the nostrils so that they can heat the frozen Arctic air as they inhale, before it reaches their lungs. Recent research suggests that caribou may be able to see ultraviolet light—if so, they are the only mammal that can. The adaptation is believed to result from the need to visually distinguish objects in an environment which offers little visual contrast in the normal light range.

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Caribou are unique among Cervidae in that both sexes grow antlers. Though the males’ antlers are typically larger, giving them dominance through the summer months and autumn mating season, pregnant females retain their antlers long after the males have shed theirs in late autumn, thereby becoming dominant over the herd through the long winter months until they return to their calving grounds and give birth in May and June.

Caribou are exceptional travelers, covering more ground in their migrations than any other land animal. Some of Canada’s caribou populations travel 5,000 kilometers each year. They migrate together in enormous herds; in spring, these groups can number 500,000 and are an amazing sight to behold.

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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 one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
2017 Nature's Impressions Woodland Caribou in Box This serene scene by Canadian wildlife artist Claudio D'Angelo features a side profile portrait of a woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada’s northern boreal forest. 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 box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsAn original work of art by renowned, practicing wildlife artist Trevor Tennant depicting caribou.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit     7,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain with Hoof Prints
   
Artist Claudio D'Angelo
Certificate Individually Numbered

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