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Canada 2017 Endangered Animal Cutout #1 - Woodland Caribou $30 Pure Silver Proof L02

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Get this first in this innovative new series, Endangered Animal Cutouts, leading off with the Woodland Caribou! Combining meticulous engraving and multiple finishes with a cutout that symbolically represents the disappearing wildlife, this large pure silver proof is a poignant must-have!

New technology cleverly makes a statement about the plight of endangered species in this new series, Endangered Animal Cutouts! While innovative combination of meticulous engraving and multiple finishes truly captures the stunning beauty of the Canadian wilderness, the cutout adds a powerful aspect that highlights the species’ at-risk status and its "disappearing" numbers in the wild with a void that powerfully brings home the loss of these significant, keystone species! The Mint's state-of-the-art technology and internationally renowned craftsmanship come together seamlessly to produce the first pure silver coin program to feature a symbolically shaped cutout - one that smoothly recreates each animal’s iconic outline on a large, 54 mm (2 inch) diameter planchet!

Like a puzzle with a missing piece, it’s hard to imagine the great outdoors without many of its most iconic species, including the woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou). Sadly, this majestic mammal joins other important North American creatures that are classified as at risk, threatened or even endangered. With its uniquely shaped cutout, this fine silver coin shines the spotlight on the plight of the caribou - a treasured national symbol whose numbers are in decline in Canada’s wilderness.

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Symbolic Cut-Out Design!
The outstanding design by renowned Canadian wildlife artist Trevor Tennant transports the viewer to the mountainous landscape of Western Canada, where detailed engraving and multiple finishes recreate a timeless snapshot of the disappearing Woodland Caribou. The distant peaks provide a breathtaking backdrop to the grassy foothills, which slope down to the tree-lined river valley below.While the beauty of the engraved scene is unmistakable, it is the uniquely shaped cutout that draws our eye. Innovative technology has skilfully carved out the outline of a woodland caribou, smoothly recreating its distinctive profile and towering rack of antlers. The “missing” caribou element is highly symbolic. It represents both an artistic tribute to this beloved species, as well as a haunting re-imagining of the Canadian wilderness without this national icon - particularly the Southern Mountain population of caribou, which is listed as threatened on Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA).

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Ancient Spirit of the North: The Mighty Caribou
An original work of art by renowned, practicing wildlife artist Trevor Tennant depicting caribou.Rangifer tarandus, known as caribou in North America and reindeer in Europe and Asia, is a member of the Cervidae, or deer, family. In Canada, this family also includes moose, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and elk. Native to Canada, four subspecies of Rangifer tarandus occupy tundra and boreal zones spanning from the West Coast to Newfoundland and from the USA-Canada border to Ellesmere Island. In total, Canada is home to about 2.4 million caribou—one of the world’s largest populations.

This midsized ruminant lives primarily on nutrient-rich lichens in the winter, adding leaves and grasses to its diet as they become available in the warmer months. All caribou shovel their way to lichens through winter snows using specially adapted hooves. The hooves, whose rigidity changes with the seasons to give the animal greater grip on ice, rock, or boggy land, also grow much longer in winter to give the caribou greater traction on snow. The two dewclaws at the back of each hoof help to improve the caribou’s weight distribution and balance in any terrain. To escape their main predator, the grey wolf, caribou can run at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, and are fast, strong swimmers.

All caribou have noses with special adaptations that increase the surface area of the nostrils so that they can heat the frozen Arctic air as they inhale, before it reaches their lungs. Recent research suggests that caribou may be able to see ultraviolet light—if so, they are the only mammal that can. The adaptation is believed to result from the need to visually distinguish objects in an environment which offers little visual contrast in the normal light range.

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Cutouts #1 - Caribou $30 Silver Proof Caribou are unique among Cervidae in that both sexes grow antlers. Though the males’ antlers are typically larger, giving them dominance through the summer months and autumn mating season, pregnant females retain their antlers long after the males have shed theirs in late autumn, thereby becoming dominant over the herd through the long winter months until they return to their calving grounds and give birth in May and June.

Caribou are exceptional travelers, covering more ground in their migrations than any other land animal. Some of Canada’s caribou populations travel 5,000 kilometers each year. They migrate together in enormous herds; in spring, these groups can number 500,000 and are an amazing sight to behold.

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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 1.7 troy ounce silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
Cutouts #1 - Caribou $30 Silver Proof in BoxThe outstanding design by renowned Canadian artist Trevor Tennant transports the viewer to the mountainous landscape of Western Canada, where detailed engraving and multiple finishes recreate a timeless snapshot of the disappearing Woodland Caribou. The “missing” caribou element is highly symbolic. It represents both an artistic tribute to this beloved species, as well as a haunting re-imagining of the Canadian wilderness without this national icon. The date and denomination are both 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 an black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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SpecificationsAn original work of art by renowned, practicing wildlife artist Trevor Tennant depicting caribou.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 30 Dollars
Weight 52.88 g
Diameter 54 mm
Mintage Limit    5,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Trevor Tennant
Certificate Individually Numbered

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