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Canada 2017 The Nutty Squirrel and the Mighty Oak $20 Pure Silver Proof with Genuine Canadian Oak Wood Embellishments L10 L11

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A Royal Canadian Mint first! Two genuine, semi-precious agate gemstones adorn the Colorful Wings of a Butterfly on this incomparable, revolutionary and low mintage pure silver proof!

Squirrels and oak trees go together like picnics and parks or bees and bonnets. This superb silver proof features a furry interloper scrutinizing the fun from above. Nutty Squirrel isn't like the other squirrels - even though he lives in a mighty oak tree, with its endless supply of acorns for the winter, he feels he's too good for such bounty. He'd rather raid the picnic or steal from the bees (a dangerous and potentially painful proposition!). At the picnic, he fancies a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich with bacon jam on toasted nine-grain wholegrain multigrain foccia bread. From the beehive, he simply desires some honey, an additional splurge to put on his already-indulgent sandwich. How will his greedy inclinations work out for him? How will the story end? We don't know - but we do know that coins depicting squirrels are few and far between. What's more, this whimsical gem is...

A Mint First! This one troy ounce pure silver proof is the first Canadian coin EVER crafted with genuine, solid Canadian Oak wood embellishments that have been laser-cut to precision shapes - an unique feature that makes this coin even more collectible! Get yours today!

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Edge View of the Nutty Squirrel and the Mighty Oak with Wood EmbellishmentsThe design by Canadian wildlife artist Tony Bianco evokes the curiosity that fills both parties during a playful, inter-species encounter. A nutty squirrel clings to an oak tree upside down to scrutinize the activity below. To the left and right of the squirrel, five embellishments showcase the oak’s distinctive leaves and bring the textural quality of wood to the scene. This original scene features the endearing squirrel - an energetic, acrobatic, and, yes, sometimes neurotic, hyper and exasperating wilderness resident that has made it into residential yards, city parks, and people’s hearts everywhere. The playful design evokes memories of picnics and walks in the park; treasured times in the backyard; and fun encounters with squirrels, wherever they may be. Have you ever had a squirrel throw acorns at your head from high up in a tree? I have.

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The Red Squirrel
A cute and adorable baby red squirrel. The red squirrel is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent. The red squirrel is somewhat smaller than the eastern grey squirrel. It is thought that the long tail helps the squirrel to balance and steer when jumping from tree to tree and running along branches and may keep the animal warm during sleep. The coat of the red squirrel varies in color with time of year and location. There are several different coat colors ranging from black to red. The underside of the squirrel is always white-cream in color. The red squirrel sheds its coat twice a year, switching from a thinner summer coat to a thicker, darker winter coat with noticeably larger ear-tufts (a prominent distinguishing feature of this species) between August and November. A lighter, redder overall coat color, along with the larger ear-tufts (in adults) and smaller size, distinguish the red squirrel from the American eastern grey squirrel.

A species of tree squirrel, generally recognised by their russet red fur and ear tufts, Red Squirrels often build large nests in the forks of tree trunks. Generally solitary, this creature meets to mate and will often share its nest to keep warm during the cold winter months. Female Red Squirrels produce young (known as pups, kits or kittens) in the spring and are the primary care giver, being very territorial and protective of her brood.

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Canada 2017 Nutty Squirrel and Mighty Oak $20 Silver Proof in boxTechnology 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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Obverse
The design by Canadian wildlife artist Tony Bianco evokes the curiosity that fills both parties during a playful, inter-species encounter. 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.

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Specifications

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    7,500
   
Finish Proof with Five Genuine Canadian Oak Embellishments
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Tony Bianco
Certificate Individually Numbered

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