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Canada 2017 Bejeweled Bugs #1 - Butterfly $20 Pure Silver Proof with Genuine Precious and Semi-Precious Amethyst, Rhodolite Garnet, and Black Sapphire Gemstones L07

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A Royal Canadian Mint first! A treasure trove of precious and semi-precious gemstones (including amethysts, rhodolite garnets and black sapphires) create a jewel-lover's fantasy on this incomparable, revolutionary and low mintage pure silver proof!
 
Basking in the warm rays of the summer sun, the butterfly is arguably the winged jewel of the insect world! This timeless symbol of love, hope and faith has long been an object of fascination, admiration and inspiration around the world. It is also a powerful metaphor for life and change, famously transitioning from ravenous caterpillar to pupa to a colorful, angelic being, whose wings are the canvas for some of Mother Nature's most delicate artwork.

Truly a thing of great beauty, a treasure trove of gems adds incomparable sparkle to this captivating butterfly. The following precious and semi-precious gemstones may be found on this sparkling knockout:
    Amethysts
    Rhodolite Garnets
    Black Sapphires

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A brilliantly colored Short-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly!The Beauteous Wings of a Butterfly
The design by Canadian artist Jori van der Linde offers a multi-dimensional approach to celebrating the luminous beauty of a butterfly. The jewelry composition immediately catches the eye with its mix of precious and semi-precious gemstones, including a round black sapphire as the butterfly’s head; an even larger black sapphire as the butterfly's body; four pear-shaped amethyst stones that add vibrant, violet accents to each of the butterfly's four wings; and an arrangement of rhodolite garnets that contribute their rich, raspberry-red hues.

The setting is no less intricate. Inspired by daffodil flowers and curly pea vines, a floral pattern provides a fanciful garden that includes five-petalled flowers, floral buds, leaves and sweeping flourishes of flora. All are meticulously engraved and well defined in a proof finish that enhances both the natural light and the sparkle of the butterfly.

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The Monarch Butterfly
A brilliantly colored male Monarch Butterfly!The captivating Monarch (Danaus plexippus) is arguably the most recognized butterfly in North America. Its bright orange wings with thick, dark veins and black borders spotted in white produce a bold design one isn't likely to forget. Such visibility should make the Monarch an easy target for predators, but that is hardly the case. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweeds and in doing so accumulate the plant’s emetic poisons that birds abhor - a defensive measure so effective that the edible Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) has evolved to mimic the Monarch’s appearance.

Imitation may be the best form of flattery, but the Monarch’s greatest accomplishment by far is its migration. It boasts the longest range of any insect in the world! Every year millions of Monarchs flutter their way from southern Canada to central Mexico 3,000 miles away to escape winter’s cold - yet another strategy that preserves it for us to appreciate! The Monarch's vibrant hues are truly a marvel, a display of color that could only be captured in by the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology. Add the beautiful Monarch butterfly to your collection today!

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Clouded Sulphur ButterflyInvestment Notes
Each butterfly features an array of precious and semi-precious gemstones (black sapphires, amethysts and rhodolite garnets) that have been carefully applied by hand - a Mint first! Plus enjoy the extremely beautiful and popular butterfly theme. A quick sell out is expected.

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Technology Note - Purity
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
The design by Canadian artist Jori van der Linde offers a multi-dimensional approach to celebrating the luminous beauty of a butterfly. The jewelry composition immediately catches the eye with its mix of semi-precious and precious gemstones, including a round black sapphire as the butterfly’s head; an even larger black sapphire as the butterfly's body; four pear-shaped amethyst stones that add vibrant, violet accents to each of the butterfly's four wings; and an arrangement of rhodolite garnets that contribute their rich, raspberry-red hues. The date and denomination are indicated.

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Reverse

A cameo 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") 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    4,000
   
Finish Proof with Precious and Semi-Precoius Gemstones
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Jori van der Linde
Certificate Individually Numbered
 
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