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Canada 2017 Nocturnal by Nature #1 - Barn Owl and Full Moon $20 Pure Silver Proof with Black Rhodium Plating L03

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First in a new, technologically advanced series - Nocturnal by Nature! And a Royal Canadian Mint first - its first-ever black rhodium plated coin! A barn owl, back lit by the full moon, silently descends on its prey on this incomparable, revolutionary and low mintage pure silver proof!

The new series Nocturnal by Night represents a first for the Royal Canadian Mint - the very first rhodium plated coins it has ever minted! When we bed down for the night, there are some creatures who are just beginning their day. They are North America's nocturnal creatures - mammals, birds, and more, whose unique adaptations allow them to hunt and play under cover of darkness. Active between sunset and sunrise, these elusive species represent a part of our wonderful biodiversity that often goes unseen, despite their presence in our very midst.

Beginning with the barn owl, each coin in the exciting new Nocturnal by Night series features the innovative use of black rhodium plating that sets the mood by recreating nightfall. Here, the coin's silver surface mimics moonlight to reveal the sudden apparition of a swooping owl - an eerie chance encounter with one of nature's most stealthy nocturnal hunters!

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Canada 2017 Nocturnal by Nature #1 - Barn Owl and Full Moon $20 Pure Silver Proof with Black Rhodium PlatingA Stunning Artistic Design, Accented by First-Ever Technology!
The design by Canadian wildlife artist Jamie Desrochers features a contemporary depiction of a barn owl (Tyto alba) descending upon its prey, looking up at the night sky, as viewed from the ground. In the background, the creative use of black rhodium plating serves as a stunning backdrop for this night-time scene. Detailed engraving re-creates the cratered surface of the full moon, which is brought to life through the use of bold frosting peering through the dark plating. The first-time use of black rhodium plating, one of Earth’s rarest precious metals, lends itself perfectly to recreating the dark night sky, yet allows the moon’s uniquely frosted finish to shine through.

The coin’s silver surface also lends itself beautifully to evoking the luminous quality of moonlight on the engraved owl in the foreground, which seemingly shines brighter against the dark image field. Flying on outstretched wings, the owl conveys its stealthy hunting prowess through its fixed stare, as it seems to close in on the viewer. The engraving captures the owl’s most distinctive features, from its characteristic heart-shaped face and razor sharp talons, to the spotted appearance of its wing and tail feathers.

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Investment Notes
Black rhodium plated - a Mint first! Extremely beautiful proof finish, and extremely popular owl theme. And the mintage limit of 7,000 is just too low. A quick sell out is expected.

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Technology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Nocturnal by Nature #1 - Barn Owl and Full Moon Reverse in boxObverse
The design by Canadian wildlife artist Jamie Desrochers features a contemporary depiction of a barn owl (Tyto alba) descending upon its prey, looking up at the night sky, as viewed from the ground. The date and denomination are indicated.

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Reverse
A cameo proof portrait of 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.

Specifications

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    7,000
   
Finish Proof with Black Radium Plating
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Jamie Desrochers
Certificate Individually Numbered

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