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Canada 2016 Masters Club Exclusive #2 - Master of the Sea - Orca Pod Killer Whales Coin $20 Lotus Shaped Pure Silver Proof L11 L12

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Get the Master of the Sea, an entire pod of the famed Orca or Killer Whale, on this stunningly dramatic, unusually-shaped pure silver scalloped lotus proof with the extremely low mintage limit of just 6,000!

The unmistakable black-and-white orca (Orcinus orca), perhaps better known as the killer whale, is an awe-inspiring emblem of North America's Pacific Coast, from Southern California all the way north to Alaska, and is known for the strong family bonds that are at the heart of the tight-knit groups (called pods) in which they live. This coin pays tribute to this highly intelligent and social mammal, whose ingenuity has long made it the master of its marine environment, , as depicted on the Royal Canadian Mint's innovative lotus-shaped pure silver proof, dramatically rendered by the fine engravers at the Mint in precious silver!

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Here's your exclusive opportunity to add the Royal Canadian Mint's second-ever lotus-shaped, non-lunar, scallop-edged pure silver coin to your collection! Released only as an exclusive for Masters Club members and housed in a solid wood presentation case with individually-numbered certificate, get this breathtaking, low-mintage (only 6,000!) celebration of the ocean's undisputed hunter, the 
killer whale, well regarded as the master of Canada’s seas.

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An adult orca or killer whale completely breaching or leaping out of the water.An Outstanding Design - And An Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco features a superb engraved portrait of a pod of 
orcas in the waters off Canada’s West Coast. The unique perspective places the viewer at the heart of the action alongside these masters of the sea, with a side-profile view of the orcas above and below the water. Facing toward the left side of the coin, the orcas’ famously contrasting colors are conveyed through the use of various finishing techniques, ensuring each orca is clearly distinct from the others within the tight-knit group. The underwater bubbles and wavy waterline add to the sense of movement, power and energy, while the different sizes of the meticulously engraved orcas provides evidence of the strong family bonds within this pod. Three of the orcas are depicted at various stages of porpoising at the surface - with tall dorsal fins rising in the air, they break out of the water to soar above it before plunging underwater in a continuous motion. Meanwhile, an adult and a calf swim beneath the waterline, which stretches from one side of the coin’s scallop-shaped edge to the other.

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Highly Intelligent Marine Hunter - Endangered
A pair of orcas or killer whales playing or frolicking. The killer whale (Orcinus orca), commonly referred to as the orca, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which they are the largest member. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. They are able to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots, making them the world's fastest sea mammals.

Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators and preying on even large sharks.

Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, are taught to and passed on to subsequent generations, in what has been described as manifestations of culture.

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An adult orca or killer whale exhibiting spyhopping behavior, which helps it to see its surroundings better.The IUCN currently assesses the orca's conservation status as data deficient because of the likelihood that one or more killer whale types are separate species. Some local populations are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution (by PCBs), capture for marine mammal parks, and conflicts with fisheries. In late 2005, the killer whales known as the "southern resident killer whales" were placed on the U.S. Endangered Species list.

Wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans, although there have been cases of captive orcas killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks. Killer whales feature strongly in the mythologies of indigenous cultures, especially the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, with their reputation ranging from being the souls of humans to merciless killers.

Their distinctive intelligence, sociability, and playfulness, particularly their spectacular leaps, have made orcas an important symbol of Wildlife Conservation.

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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 fine silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
Canada 2016 Masters Club Exclusive #2 - Orca Lotus Shaped in box The design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco features a superb engraved portrait of a pod of orcas in the waters off Canada’s West Coast. The unique perspective places the viewer at the heart of the action alongside these masters of the sea, with a side-profile view of the orcas above and below the water, a scene that has been lovingly and meticulously created through finely detailed engraving and multiple different finishes. The date of issue and the 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 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 an exquisite, solid wood presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a custom, full-color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsAn adult orca or killer whale porpoising, in order to swim faster.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2016
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 26.51 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit           6,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Tony Bianco
Certificate Individually Numbered

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