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Canada 2017 Majestic Animals #5 - Iconic Canadian Animals #14 - Bold Black Bear $20 Pure Silver Wildlife Proof with Color WX

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Get the 5th and final entry in the 2016 Majestic Animals program, and the fourteenth overall in the Iconic Canadian Animals series, the Bold Black Bear! This masterwork of wildlife fine art by Canadian wildlife artist Pierre Leduc depicts a wise and powerful black bear in its natural habitat, in pure silver with proof finish and vibrant, full color!

Get this fifth and final entry in the 2016 Majestic Animals program and fourteenth in the extremely popular series of Iconic Canadian Animals! Tremendous investment potential here, as well as the meticulous, traditional engraving and extraordinary applied technology for which the Royal Canadian Mint is known world-wide! Commemorate the Bold Black Bear with this truly scarce, low mintage, full color proof, minted on a full one troy ounce planchet of 99.99% pure silver (the purest on the planet)! Better yet, it's an original work of art by wildlife artist Doug Comeau! A true investment piece for the discriminating animal lover, wildlife conservationist, savvy numismatic investor and/or outdoors aficionado!

¡ Extremely low mintage of just 6,500 - get it quick!

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Majestic Animals Bold Black Bear Outer BoxGet all five beautiful and impressive wild creatures in the 2016 Majestic Animals Pure Silver Proof Program, including:

    1)  Regal Red-Tailed Hawk
    2)  Commanding Canadian Lynx
         + Commanding Canadian Lynx in Custom 5-Coin Display Box
    3)  Baronial Bald Eagle
    4)  Benevolent Bison
    5)  Bold Black Bear

    + Majestic Animals Complete 5-Coin Collection in Custom Case

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Prominent in the myths and legends of Native Americans, the black bear (Ursus americanus) is a powerful symbol of both might and knowledge. Its reputation is that of a curious explorer, but one that is easily emboldened by hunger. With this pure silver proof, the Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates one of the most famous residents of North America's vast forests.

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The Bold Black Bear
A pair of cute and adorable baby brown or grizzly bear cubs. Black bears are the smallest and most common bear species found in North America. They can be found across the United States and in all provinces and territories in Canada, except Prince Edward Island. Although they live mainly in forested areas, these impressive animals have been known to venture into communities in search of food. Since they can be dangerous to humans, signs reading “Please Don’t Feed The bears!” are a common sight in campsites and rural areas near black bear habitats.

Despite their name, black bears can range in color from cinnamon, to chocolate, to jet black, and in some rare cases, even white (albino). They may look slow, but they are capable of great bursts of speed when needed - some have been clocked at more than 35 miles per hour (50 km per hour) for short distances!

Canadian folklore is rich with stories about these magnificent creatures. The popular children’s book character Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a Canadian black bear named "Winnipeg" that the author A.A. Milne often saw at the London Zoo. Black bears also feature prominently in the stories and traditions of Native Americans.

In autumn, black bears retreat into their dens to hibernate for several months. The mother bear (called a sow) gives birth to her cubs during her winter hibernation, usually in the late January or early February. A typical litter consists of two black bear cubs. They are born blind and helpless, with fine, gray, down-like hair, and are nursed by their mother, in the den, until the spring. When spring arrives the family leaves the den together in search of food. Although the cubs are independent at about six months of age, they stay with their mother for the first two years of their life.

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A cute and adorable baby brown or grizzly bear cub.A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art by Wildlife Artist Pierre Leduc!
The intricate design by Canadian wildlife artist Pierre Leduc captures the majestic qualities of the black bear in remarkable detail, against the engraved forest in the background. Standing on its four legs, the bear’s bulky body size is evident when seen in three-quarter profile, as its front paws rest upon a rock in the foreground. Its head is turned to present the viewer with its carefully engraved facial features and its bold, inquisitive expression. Vibrant full color enhances the engraved textural details and brings to life the bear’s dark fur and lighter-colored muzzle. In this hillside clearing near the edge of a forest, the black bear inspires awe as it stands out among the bright colors of the vegetation, logs and rocks that surround it.

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Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint 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 look on each coin.

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Purity 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 proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2017 Majestic Bold Black Bear Silver $20 Color Proof in Box Obverse
The design by Canadian wildlife artist Pierre Leduc features a striking, highly detailed portrait of a black bear in its natural environment, as it moves across an open area in one of Canada’s many forests, rendered in exquisite detail through expert engraving and full color. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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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 2017
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit      6,500
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Pierre Leduc
Certificate Individually Numbered

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