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Canada 2017 Monarch Butterfly Migration $50 3 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Proof with Color L09

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A vibrant monarch butterfly, rendered in vibrant full color, adorns this HUGE 3 troy ounce pure silver proof with a diameter of 55 mm (more than 2 inches)! With a tiny mintage of just 3,500, this one will fly away quickly!

The colorfully patterned wings of a monarch butterfly are not as delicate as they appear, for the intrepid monarch is a strong flier and a migratory marvel. This 3 troy ounce fine silver coin is a soaring tribute to Canada’s best known butterfly, whose multi-generational journey further cements its status as a "regal" symbol of hope and transformation.

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The Captivating 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 this pair of beautiful Monarch butterflies to your collection today!

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An Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Graham Spaull aptly captures the enchanting beauty of a beloved summer resident of Canada, whose epic migration is unrivaled in the insect world. Resplendent in full color, the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) displays its orange-and-black wings as it approaches a patch of milkweeds (Asclepias). The tall, leafy stems are engraved in fine detail to represent an important part of the story: the milkweed is the monarch’s host plant. It is essential to sustaining monarch populations, since the butterfly deposits its eggs on the leaves that will exclusively sustain the larvae (caterpillar).

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Technology Note - Color
This pure silver proof features the Royal Canadian Mint’s patented colorization technology. The RCM 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, full-color portrait on each coin.

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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 three troy ounce silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
The design by Canadian artist Graham Spaull aptly captures the enchanting beauty of a beloved summer resident of Canada, whose epic migration is unrivaled in the insect world. Resplendent in full color, the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) displays its orange-and-black wings as it approaches a patch of milkweeds (Asclepias).

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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. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside an environmentally friendly, full color presentation case, lined with white flock. An individually numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue     2017
   
Face Value 50 Dollars
Weight 94.4 g
Diameter 55 mm
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Graham Spaull
Certificate Individually numbered



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