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Canada 2017 Nature's Impressions #2 - Polar Bear $20 Pure Silver Proof with Edge Paw Prints Track Patterning L01

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A serene scene of wildlife and nature, accentuated by a clever technological touch - an adult polar bear walks across the frozen, snow-covered Arctic waste while roaring, its paw prints wrapping front around the edge and onto the face of this meticulously engraved, intricately rendered pure silver proof beauty!

Steady on its feet, the majestic polar bear (Ursus maritimus) uses its large paws to move through the changing landscape - be it deep snow, Arctic waters, or over thin ice. This pure silver coin walks in the footsteps of North America’s largest land carnivore, whose resilience makes it a powerful and fitting icon of the Canadian Arctic.

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 polar bear captures the majesty of the Great White North!

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2017 Nature's Impressions Polar Bear BoxAn Original Work of Art
This serene scene by Canadian wildlife artist Claudio D'Angelo features a detailed side profile portrait of a large, adult polar bear (Ursus maritimus) against the landscape of the Canadian Arctic. Moving across the snow-covered ice and rocks, a polar bear extends its elongated neck to roar, while its gaze remains fixed on what lies beyond the coin’s horizon. Advanced finishing techniques enhance the precision engraving that captures the polar bear’s likeness in stunning detail, from the texture of its dense fur to its facial features. Its left forepaw is suspended in air, mid-step. Meanwhile the sea ice gives way to open water in the background, where tall glaciers and icebergs rise up along the horizon. The entire design gains an added sense of depth and movement through the bear’s distinctive paw prints, which are engraved on the coin’s edge in a continuous pattern that continues onto the face of the coin.

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The Quintessentially Canadian (and American!) Polar Bear
2017 Nature's Impressions Polar Bear Edge View showing Paw PrintsFor many North Americans, the profile of a polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is as recognizably Canadian as the shape of a maple leaf or the silhouette of a Canada goose. Canada’s polar bears comprise more than half of the entire world's population, since they live primarily in the coastal regions of the Arctic, depending upon sea ice to hunt the ringed seal. The polar bear’s adaptations to its carnivorous lifestyle in the frozen north include a thick layer of subcutaneous fat, dense water-repellent fur the color of snow, fur on the bottoms of its paws for traction and warmth, sharp claws, and an elongated body and huge forepaws that make polar bears great swimmers.

As of 2008, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) reports that the global population of polar bears is only 20,000 to 25,000, and is declining. In 2006, the IUCN upgraded the polar bear from a species of least concern to a vulnerable species. It cited a "suspected population reduction of great than 30% within three generations (45 years)", due primarily to global warming. Other risks to the polar bear include pollution in the form of toxic contaminants, conflicts with shipping, stresses from recreational polar-bear watching, and oil and gas exploration and development. The IUCN also cited a "potential risk of over-harvest" through legal and illegal hunting.

The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming.Click here for more coins and medals featuring polar bears!

Please see the articles lower in this presentation for a more detailed natural history of the proud polar bear!

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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 Polar Bear in BoxThis serene scene by Canadian wildlife artist Claudio D'Angelo features a detailed side profile portrait of a large, adult polar bear (Ursus maritimus) against the landscape of the Canadian Arctic. 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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SpecificationsThe polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming.
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 Paw Prints
   
Artist Claudio D'Angelo
Certificate Individually Numbered

The Largest Terrestrial Carnivore - Endangered
The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native largely within the Arctic circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world's largest land carnivore and also the largest bear (together with the omnivorous Kodiak bear, which is approximately the same size). An adult male weighs between 770 and 1,500 pounds (350–680 kg), while an adult female is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, the polar bear has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea (hence their scientific name meaning "maritime bear") and can hunt consistently only from sea ice, so they spend much of the year on the frozen sea.

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The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming. As of 2008, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) reports that the global population of polar bears is only 20,000 to 25,000, and is declining. In 2006, the IUCN upgraded the polar bear from a species of least concern to a vulnerable species. It cited a "suspected population reduction of great than 30% within three generations (45 years)", due primarily to global warming. Other risks to the polar bear include pollution in the form of toxic contaminants, conflicts with shipping, stresses from recreational polar-bear watching, and oil and gas exploration and development. The IUCN also cited a "potential risk of over-harvest" through legal and illegal hunting.

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A little good news - on 15 May 2008, the United States listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and banned all importing of polar bear trophies. Importing products made from polar bears had been prohibited from 1972 to 1994 under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and restricted between 1994 and 2008. Under those restrictions, permits from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service were required to import sport-hunted polar bear trophies taken in hunting expeditions in Canada. The permit process required that the bear be taken from an area with quotas based on sound management principles. Since 1994, more than 800 sport-hunted polar bear trophies have been imported into the U.S.

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The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world. It is threatened by hunting, polution, habitat loss and global warming. Unfortunately, Canada has not followed suite with a hunting ban. The territory of Nunavut accounts for 80% of Canadian kills. In 2005, the government of Nunavut increased the quota from 400 to 518 bears, despite protests from some scientific groups. In two areas where harvest levels have been increased based on increased sightings, science-based studies have indicated declining populations, and a third area is considered data-deficient. While most of that quota is hunted by the indigenous Inuit people, a growing share is sold to recreational hunters (0.8% in the 1970s, 7.1% in the 1980s, and 14.6% in the 1990s). The Government of the Northwest Territories maintain their own quota of 72–103 bears within the Inuvialuit communities of which some are set aside for sports hunters.

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