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Canada 2017 Nature's Adornments - Dragonfly $20 Pure Silver Proof with 3-D Niobium Embellishment

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Get this large, beautiful bimetallic proof, ingeniously embellished with one of nature's most spectacular adornments - an iridescent, handcrafted 3-D niobium dragonfly, minted in one full troy ounce of the purest silver on the planet - with a very low mintage limit!

Bursting with a dizzying array of vibrant colors, the natural world boasts an unparalleled beauty that seemingly stuns and dazzles at every turn! Human ingenuity strives to recreate this sparkle of life in art - and that is precisely what the Royal Canadian Mint has done here! In a celebration of nature’s spectrum of colors, this pure silver proof sports a handcrafted, uniquely shaped 3-D niobium embellishment that artfully represents a Canadian darner dragonfly (Aeshna canadensis) basking in the sunlight! The mintage limit of just 6,000 is very low, and all previous Canadian bimetallic niobium coins have sold out at the mint, so we recommend not delaying if you want to make this beauty yours!

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The design is a stunning close-up view of a six-sided dendrite ice crystal, or snowflake as we know them, captured by Canadian photographer Don Komarechka and painstakingly reproduced by Royal Canadian Mint master engravers. The extraordinarily fine detailing has been enhanced with glittering silvery blue enamel on a proof finish gives the snowflake a deeply layered look. One can easily imagine a hexagon-shaped ice crystal falling through the clouds, growing ever larger and more complex as it encounters changes in temperature and humidity that affect the shape and size of its “arms.” The end result is this beauty!An Original Work of Art
Handcrafted by jewelry artist Karen Hunter of Caledon, Ontario, the dragonfly-shaped niobium embellishment catches the eye with its blue and violet hues, which artfully mimic the dragonfly’s iridescent appearance in the sunlight. The design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra captures the beauty of a tranquil aquatic setting on a bright summer day. The dragonfly’s graceful landing has set off gentle ripples in the mirror-like surface of the water, whose shine provides a beautiful backdrop for the frosted lily pad. This floating leaf is dotted with droplets of water that seem to glisten in the light like the insect, further adding to the life-like look and feel of the dragonfly’s serene natural environment.

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Clever Technological Ingenuity from the Royal Canadian Mint!
A dramatic photograph of a large, male Libullela pulchella or Twelve-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly! - The Mint's first bimetallic coin to feature an uniquely shaped niobium embellishment, which offers an artistic representation of an iridescent dragonfly.
 - Two different art forms - jewelry and minting - come together on one stunning coin! The niobium dragonfly adds a bright splash of color that only enhances the idyllic beauty of its engraved natural environment.
 - Each dragonfly is painstakingly handcrafted by jewelry artist Karen Hunter of Caledon, Ontario and meticulously added onto the engraved coin surface for a stunning, multi-dimensional design and a true celebration of nature’s beauty!
 - The coin design by artist Emily Damstra offers an outstanding number of details that recreate the effect of sunlight hitting the elements. All are brought to life through the use of multiple different finishes on the pure silver - from the soft ripples on the water’s mirror-like surface to the glistening water droplets on the frosted lily pad! This coin is an outstanding example of the minter's art!

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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 one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Canada 2017 Nature's Adornments Dragonfly $20 Silver BoxObverse
The design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra captures the beauty of a tranquil aquatic setting on a bright summer day. Handcrafted by jewelry artist Karen Hunter of Caledon, Ontario, the dragonfly-shaped niobium embellishment catches the eye with its blue and violet hues, which artfully mimic the dragonfly’s iridescent appearance in the sunlight. The date and denominations 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 full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
The colorful and large dragonfly, an insect native to Australia.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit       6,000
   
Finish Proof with Glitter Enamel
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Emily Damstra (obverse)
Karen Hunter (niobium dragonfly
Certificate Individually Numbered

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