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Canada 2017 Crystal Raindrop #7 - Jewel of the Rain Autumn Sugar Maple Leaves $20 Pure Silver Maple Leaf Flora Proof SML with Color and Genuine Swarovski Crystal Raindrop L08

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The massively desired Swarovski Crystal Raindrop, with a tiny mintage limit of just 4,500! Sugar maple leaves in their glorious autumn hues are tugged on, with a perfect crystal raindrop gently bending the leaf on a simply stunning new Silver Maple Leaf proof in full color!

Last year's Jewel of the Rain sold out instantly! Don't miss out, get your Autumn Sugar Maple today!
 
In combining the beauty and simplicity of the Swarovski crystal with its unique colorization process, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced a marriage made in  numismatic heaven - and the first Canadian coin series of its kind! Canada is world-renowned for its forests, but none of them would exist without the life-giving nourishment of water and rain. This breathtaking pure silver proof features the glorious autumn color of the Sugar Maple! Hardy like the people it represents, the sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is adept at surviving in a variety of soils, but it needs rain to help it flourish as a celebrated part of this nation’s natural heritage. This pure silver coin showcases the dazzling colors of a Canadian icon while highlighting the importance of water as a life-sustaining element throughout Canada’s varied landscapes. With selective color and a glittering Swarovski crystal gemstone set as a raindrop, it's an enticing invitation to head to the forest and experience this arboreal jewel up close!

Check out the previous, stunning issues in the Swarovski Crystal Raindrop program!

    2008 Dramatic Green Leaf Maple with Crystal Raindrop
    2009 Autumn Showers Crystal Raindrop
    2010 Summer Seeds Maple Crystal Raindrop
    2011 Bigleaf Maple in Flower Crystal Raindrop
    2012 Fall Orange Sugar Maple Crystal Raindrop
    2016 Jewel of the Rain Bigleaf Maple Crystal Raindop

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A branch of beautiful red, orange & yellow maple leaves in the autumn or fall - leaf.Availability Note - As with all previous Crystal Raindrop Color Silver Maples (2008, 200, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016), a quick sell out at the Mint is expected!

A Stunning, Naturalistic Work of Original Art
This breathtaking coin design by Canadian nature artist Lisa Thomson-Khan combines artistry with technical precision to convey the serenity and peacefulness of an autumn day in Canada. A babbling brook winds its way through this tranquil woodland setting, where the gently rippled surface of the water beckons the viewer to explore its rock-lined edge. True to its appearance in nature, the autumn hues of the sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum) are breathtaking, where the selective application of color immediately draw the eyes towards the red and golden foliage above the stream. One can almost hear the cadence of a gentle rain falling onto the leaves and rolling off their serrated tips, as beautifully conveyed by the glittering, raindrop-shaped Swarovski crystal.

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This is the fourteenth (and lowest mintage) in the series of annual Color Silver Maple Leafs.

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Investment Notes

Orange_Maple.jpg Stunning in its artistry, beauty and simplicity, this new pure silver proof in the Color Silver Maple Leaf Series ups the ante with a few twists, including a Swarovski Crystal raindrop! These upgrades to this most popular of annual programs include:

1)  The lowest mintage limit ever (just 4,500) for a Color Silver Maple Leaf!
2)  Proof finish! Before the innovations of the previous five Crystal Raindrop Color Silver Maple Leafs, all the previous coins in the Color Silver Maple Leafs Series feature the specimen finish.
3)  A genuine Swarovski crystal! This only the sixth color SML in the series to feature a crystal!

Taken together, these upgrades create the most unique coin in the series - and a work of unparalleled gorgeousness! We believe that this coin presents an entry-level investment opportunity in a relatively low-priced proof. A quick sell out is expected.

For more information about Swarovski crystals of Austria, please see the presentation at the end of this article.

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Technology Note
 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. This one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A beautiful, full-color image of Sugar Maple forest, with a vibrantly hued Sugar Maple leaf, yielding to the weight of a single raindrop, represented by a genuine Swarovski crystal.

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Reverse

A cameo frosted 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"), the date and the denomination also appear.

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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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SpecificationsAutumn leaves
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    4,500
   
Finish Proof with Color and Swarovski Crystal
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Lisa Thomson-Khan
Certificate Individually Numbered

Swarovski Crystal
SWAROVSKI CRYSTALSSwarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, Austria (near Zürich, Switzerland). Swarovski crystal was born when a Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski, invented an automatic cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria). Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented.

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal firm produces a wide range range of products, but is world-renowned for the incredible quality and brilliance of its crystal jewelry.


In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Recent developments include the 2004 release of a new, patented cut, Xilion, designed to optimize the brilliance of roses (crystal components with flat backs) and chatons (diamond-cut crystals).

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