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Canada 2017 Dog Sledding Under the Northern Lights $10 Pure Silver Matte Proof Alaskan Husky Sled Dog Aurora Borealis with Color L02

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This vividly colored, ultra affordable pure silver proof depicts a team of sporting Alaskan husky sled dogs mushing at night under the breathtaking display of the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights!

Once the choice mode of winter transportation for Native American peoples, dog sledding is a much-loved seasonal activity in Canada. Even as a sport, its popularity is easy to understand: there's the thrill of the speed; the cold winter air that heightens the senses; the infectious energy of the dogs lunging forward and working in tandem; and the solitude that can only be found in the Canadian wilderness - particularly at night, with only the moon or the Northern Lights to show the way. This is Iconic Canada! Whether landscape, flora, fauna or tradition, symbolic icons that are so identifiably North American bring us together with glowing hearts, as the national anthem proclaims!

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Mush! A six dog sled dog team comprised of white Alaskan Huskies!A Stunning, Original Work of Art!
The design by Claudio D’Angelo features a sled dog team composed of Alaskan huskies mushing out in the Canadian wilderness beneath the aurora borealis on a cold winter night. Nature’s silent hold on the wintry landscape is temporarily disrupted by the arrival of a dog sledding team, which infuses the cold air with barking and an infectious, almost boundless energy. Working in tandem, these four-harnessed dogs merrily make their way along the path, pulling the sled and their driver or musher behind them at a moderate pace across the wintry landscape. Viewed from a lower vantage point that places the focus on the lead dogs, the huskies seemingly smile as they race under a starry sky - if you've read Jack London, the quintessential American novelist, you know this is their true love! The musher is bundled up and well equipped for the journey on this clear night. There is no race here - just the man, the dogs, and the solitude of the great outdoors, while the eerie greenish hue of the Northern Lights dance overhead in the blue-black sky. It’s the Great White North at its grandest!

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The Romance of the Sled Dog
The bizarre, haunting and otherworldly atmospheric phenomenon known as the Southern Lights, or Aurora Australis. "Mush!" The command echoes out across the frozen waste, and a team of powerful, handsome canines gets under way! The dog sled is a centuries-old form of transport and emblematic of the Great White North. Sled dogs were first used by the natives of the Arctic (from Alaska to Greenland) for everyday tasks from hauling to hunting to protection from would-be attackers. Perfectly adapted to cold climates, often a hunter's fate depended upon his dogs' performance, with his life hanging in the balance. "Mush" (believed to have evolved from the French word "marche", meaning "go") is an order reserved for the toughest of travelers.

Nowadays dog sleds are used for racing as well as for practical purposes. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, held annually in Alaska, is the most famous and, at over 1,000 miles in length, the most grueling. Many different breeds are used to pull modern dog sleds, including Alaskan Malamutes, Alaskan and Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds and Canadian Eskimo Dogs.

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A Tamaskan Husky sled dog.Each dog sled team has several different types of team members that have specialized tasks, with titles according to their position in the team relative to the sled. Lead dogs steer the team and set the pace. There are usually two lead dogs on modern teams, whereas there was only one in the old days. Swing dogs or point dogs are directly behind the lead dogs, where they swing the rest of the team behind them in turns or curves. Team dogs are those between the swing dogs and the wheel dogs, where they add pulling power to the team. Finally, wheel dogs are those nearest the sled. A good wheeler must have a calm temperament so as not to be startled by the sled moving just behind it. Strength, steadiness, and ability to help guide the sled around tight curves are also important qualities for wheelers.

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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 half troy ounce silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Dog Sledding Under the Northern Lights $10 Silver in BoxObverse
The design by Claudio D’Angelo features a sled dog team composed of Alaskan huskies mushing out in the Canadian wilderness beneath the aurora borealis on a cold winter night. The date is 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") 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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SpecificationsA two-year-old Siberian Husky
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2017
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit       15,000
   
Finish Matte Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Claudio D’Angelo
Certificate Individually Numbered

Huskies in the Antarctic!
Huskies were introduced to the Antarctic by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1898-1900, also known as the Southern Cross Expedition. It has been a little-known fact (until the release of this coin, that is!) that Australia kept huskies in Antarctica for almost 40 years, beginning in 1954 with the opening of Mawson Station. As well as proving to be hard-working and a reliable form of transportation, they were also loyal companions and much loved by the the Australian Antarctic Expeditioners.

In 1991, Australia signed an environmental treaty that necessitated the removal of all introduced species from the Antarctic. The last remaining huskies left the AAT in 1993, with the older dogs retiring to Australia, while the younger working dogs began new lives in the United States.

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Aurora Australis - The Southern Lights
The incredible and other-worldly phenomenon of the Southern Lights (also known as the Aurora Australis) can be seen at night in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere - predominantly in Antarctica, but also in the higher latitudes of Australia, New Zealand, and South America. When the solar wind whips through the earth’s magnetic field at these high latitudes, electricity is the result - up to one trillion watts worth! Those who have seen these fascinating ribbons of color have witnessed an experience they’ll never forget!

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