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Canada 2017 Under the Sea #2 - Sea Star Starfish $20 Pure Silver Proof with Mosaic Murrini Glass and Color L06

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Get this large, beautiful proof, second in the Under the Sea series! It depicts a sea star's (or starfish's) garden, ingeniously embellished with one of nature's most spectacular adornments - a mosaic murrini glass element, cleverly contained in a bubble of borosilicate glass and minted in one full troy ounce of the purest silver on the planet - with a very low mintage limit!

Investment Opportunity!The sea has its secrets, for beneath the ocean waves lies a hidden realm filled with enchantment and wonders of all shapes and sizes! This colorful underwater paradise is home to awe-inspiring creatures such as the sea star (or starfish). This salt-water dweller’s distinctive appearance makes it easily recognized in rocky tidal pools and beaches along America's vast coastline, whose unique appearance is artfully showcased in the second of a three-coin series that combines color, engraving and beautifully sculpted glass elements. This innovative and dramatic approach to coin design, inspired by the majesty of the ocean itself which it depicts, is struck in one full troy ounce of pure silver. With a total worldwide mintage of only 7,500 (far too low for such an innovative and affordable pure silver proof), a fast sell out at the Mint is expected!

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The design by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais offers a glimpse of the hidden underwater world off Canada’s Atlantic coast, thanks to its depiction of a shallow sea grass habitat. The application of vivid color over the detailed engraving recreates the textured rocks, seashells and swaying green grasses that line the sandy ocean floor. To the right, a handcrafted glass embellishment by Canadian glass artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay contains a striking seahorse-shaped mosaic murrini element. The mosaic-based approach to this glass art technique lends itself well to recreating the seahorse’s speckled colouring, while other features such as its bony armor, pointed snout and curled tail are equally captured in extraordinary detail. The murrini piece has its own “armor,” thanks to its resilient glass enclosure sculpted from borosilicate glass.An Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais explores the colorful life found in the shallow waters off Canada’s coast. The application of bright colored enamel over meticulous engraving recreates the otherworldly appearance of the grasses, corals and sponges in this intertidal zone. On the left, a handcrafted embellishment by Canadian glass artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay contains a sea star-shaped mosaic murrini element. The mosaic-based approach to this glass art technique lends itself well to recreating the colour and texture of the sea star’s spiny, calcified skin that provides it with a measure of protection against certain predators. The murrini piece is itself protected by the resilient glass enclosure sculpted from borosilicate glass.

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A Technological Tour-de-Force!
To create each coin's handmade murrini element, the glass artist first layers various rods of colored borosilicate glass in a tube. All the air is then drawn from the tube using a vacuum pump, while melting the glass assembly. This produces a single fine cane that, once sliced, reveals the image on each cross-section of the glass. A fine layer of the murrini cane is applied onto the glass, with more color swept across the back before being embedded on the coin. The result: a stunning, one-of-a-kind seahorse for the first coin of this exciting series!

The design by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais offers a glimpse of the hidden underwater world off Canada’s Atlantic coast, thanks to its depiction of a shallow sea grass habitat. The application of vivid color over the detailed engraving recreates the textured rocks, seashells and swaying green grasses that line the sandy ocean floor. To the right, a handcrafted glass embellishment by Canadian glass artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay contains a striking seahorse-shaped mosaic murrini element. The mosaic-based approach to this glass art technique lends itself well to recreating the seahorse’s speckled colouring, while other features such as its bony armor, pointed snout and curled tail are equally captured in extraordinary detail. The murrini piece has its own “armor,” thanks to its resilient glass enclosure sculpted from borosilicate glass. - A Mint First! The undersea-shaped glass elements in each coin are the result of a laborious handcrafted process in which different colors of glass rods (stringers) are layered and fused together to form a colorful mosaic that reveals the final image when sliced, also known as a mosaic murrini.
 - Each glass element is an unique work of art! The handcrafted nature of both the murrini element and its glass enclosure make each coin in this three coin series unique.
 - Unique Glass Embellishment! Despite its delicate appearance, the glass embellishment in each coin is sculpted from borosilicate glass, which is highly resilient yet lightweight.
 - Artfully integrates the illusion of water! In the background, each coin's silver surface is artfully integrated to create the illusion of water, while the eye-catching color adds vibrancy to the engraved design.
 - An Artistic Collaboration! Each coin is the collaboration of two artists! The pure silver coin was designed by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais, while the glass embellishment was handcrafted by Canadian glass artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay!

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Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin.

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Purity 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 proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Under the Sea #1 - Seahorse in BoxObverse
The design by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais explores the colorful life found in the shallow waters off Canada’s coast. The application of bright colored enamel over meticulous engraving recreates the otherworldly appearance of the grasses, corals and sponges in this intertidal zone. On the left, a handcrafted embellishment by Canadian glass artist Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay contains a sea star-shaped mosaic murrini element. 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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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 Color and
Murrini Glass Element
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Maurice Gervais (engraved portion of coin)
Loïc Beaumont-Tremblay (glass element)
Certificate Individually Numbered

Murrina and Murrine are other use-forms of what the Royal Canadian Mint is calling a mosaic murrini glass element. Murrina (common pluralization murrine) is an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a glass cane (long rods of glass) that are revealed when cut in cross-sections. Murrine can be made in infinite designs - some styles are more familiar, such as millefiori. Artists working in glass design murrine in a variety of ways from simple circular or square patterns to complex detailed designs to even portraits of people. Murrine are designed by layering different colors of molten glass around a core, then heating and stretching it into a rod. When cool, the rod is sliced into cross-sections of desired thickness with each slice possessing the same pattern in cross-section.

The murrina process first appeared in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago and was revived by Venetian glassmakers on Murano in the early 16th century.



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