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Canada 2017 Timeless Icons - Beaver and Maple Leaf United - Celebrating Canada's 150th Ultra High Medallic Relief Piedfort $25 Pure Silver Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating L01

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Two timeless icons - the Maple Leaf and the Beaver - are united on this gorgeous, proof finish double-thick, high relief piedfort, plated in 24-karat gold and minted in one troy ounce of the purest silver on the planet - with a tiny mintage limit of just 7,000!

Sold out at the Mint!The beaver and the maple leaf are the defining symbols of the great nation to the north; the first speaks of the past, when the fur trade helped shape Canada, while the second predates the flag as an emblem of this land, its people, and its hope for the future. We reflect on Canada's amazing 150-year journey - and its future beyond - through the fusion of two iconic emblems that continue to inspire admiration by proudly representing all that is Canada. The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates this heritage in ultra high relief with this magnificent, double-thick coin. This is the first-ever gold-plated piedfort from Canada, and only the fifth silver piedfort ever from the RCM, with a tiny mintage of just 7,000! Our advice? Get it now!

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Canada 2017 Timeless Icons Beaver & Maple Leaf Piedfort $25 High Relief Silver Proof edge viewWhy Buy This Coin?
 - It's the first-ever piedfort from Canada selectively plated in pure, 24-karat gold!
 - It is only the fifth high relief piedfort silver proof from Canada - ever!
 - All Silver Maple Leaf collectors need this latest entry in the one troy ounce SML series!
 - Purest silver in the world - this beautiful gem is four 9s pure (.9999 fine)!
 - Proof finish pure silver maple leafs are nowhere near as common as the bullion versions.
 - Total worldwide mintage is only 7,000! Like all previous Canadian piedforts, expect it to sell out quickly at the mint and be sought after in the aftermarket!

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A Truly Timeless Masterpiece That Combines Past, Present and Future
This masterful design by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc carries great meaning in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, by paying tribute to Canada’s evolving history through its two foremost national icons, the maple leaf and the beaver. A transition is delineated in the center of the field, with classic, traditional depictions on the left to represent the nation’s past (1867), and more contemporary versions on the right to represent both the present (2017) and beyond.

Queen Elizabeth II, 24-Karat Gold Plated ReverseBoth icons are resplendent in selective 24-karat gold plating. In the forefront is the beaver, the industrious mammal that symbolizes Canada’s sovereignty. Its tail and back half are texturally detailed, as it has appeared on older, traditional coin designs, while its front half transitions into a stylized silhouette that offers a more modern take on this Canadian icon. Behind it is the iconic maple leaf, whose serrated edges and deeply veined lobes are fixtures throughout the design. The left features a more naturalistic, life-like appearance that evokes the design of the beloved Silver Maple Leaf (SML) coin, while the right portion places a strong emphasis on symmetry and conveys a sense of strength.

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What is a Piedfort?
Hard to find and popular with collectors for more than a century, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

Angled view of the Piedfort showing its extra thick edge compared to a standard thickness coinOften the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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Technology Note - Purity
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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Obverse
Timeless Icons $25 Piedfort in BoxTwo official emblems of Canada, the iconic beaver and maple leaf, with all their symbolism, are combined with split traditional and modern versions, enhanced with 24-karat gold plating, and depicted in great detail in ultra high relief. 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
Each coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet, protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 25 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit    7,000
   
Finish Proof with 24-Karat Gold-Plating
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Pierre Leduc
Certificate Individually Numbered


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