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Canada 2018 Nocturnal by Nature #3 - Howling Wolf and Full Moon $20 Pure Silver Proof with Black Rhodium Plating L03

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The technologically advanced series Nocturnal by Nature is a smash hit! These are the Royal Canadian Mint's first black rhodium plated coins! Get the majestic North American wolf, back lit by the full moon, as howls to the night on this incomparable, revolutionary and low mintage pure silver proof!
 
The technologically advanced series Nocturnal by Night represents a first for the Royal Canadian Mint - the very first rhodium plated coins it has ever minted! When we bed down for the night, there are some creatures who are just beginning their day. They are North America's nocturnal creatures - mammals, birds, and more, whose unique adaptations allow them to hunt and play under cover of darkness. Active between sunset and sunrise, these elusive species represent a part of our wonderful biodiversity that often goes unseen, despite their presence in our very midst.

Swiftly traveling across North America's wild landscapes, the wolf (Canis lupus) makes its presence known when it releases its unmistakable howl into the night. Our exploration of the great outdoors at night continues with this third coin in the Nocturnal by Nature series, using selective black rhodium plating to set the mood for a canine moonlit serenade!

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A lone wolf in the snow, howling to its pack.A Stunning Artistic Design, Accented by First-Ever Technology!
The design by Canadian wildlife artist Claude Thivierge travels deep into one of Canada’s forests, to catch a glimpse of a species whose haunting cry defines the call of the wild. Black rhodium plating sets the tone for a nighttime encounter in a clearing, where, viewed in three-quarter profile, Canis lupus raises its head to the sky and releases its howl into the winter night. Behind the wolf, the coin’s polished silver surface is left unplated to mimic the light of the engraved full moon, which faintly illuminates the landscape below, and the wolf from behind.

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Investment Notes
Nocturnal by Nature #1 - Barn Owl and Full Moon Reverse Black rhodium plated - a Mint first! Extremely beautiful proof finish, and extremely popular wolf theme. And the mintage limit of 7,000 is just too low. A quick sell out is expected.

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The Wolf
It's a true thrill to wildlife lovers when they catch a glimpse of the mythic wolf in the wild! Although they were held in high esteem for eons by Native Americans because of their spirits, wolves have been eradicated throughout most their range in North America, partly by hunters for trophies, and partly by ranchers as pests. However, wolves have been making a comeback recently and have been reintroduced to several locations, including national parks. Wolves play an important role by preying on big game animals and helping to control their population, including eliminating aged and diseased animals. Though they hunt in packs, wolves do not view humans as prey.

WolfThe largest member of the canine family, the Grey Wolf varies in color from grizzled gray or black to pure white. This animal tends to live, travel and hunt in a pack, which usually includes the alpha mother and father, their pups and several younger animals. Grey Wolves develop close relationships and strong social bonds. They often demonstrate deep affection for other members of their pack, and may even sacrifice themselves to protect the family unit!

The howl of a wolf pack sends shivers down even the most stalwart spine. Wolves traverse vast distances in their territory each day, seeking to bring down their prey, including animals much larger than themselves, such as deer, moose and caribou! Some wildlife experts believe that their howling - that eerie calling card that is unique to this species - is a key element of territory establishment, acting both as a warning to unaffiliated wolves and a call to assemble to the members of the pack itself.

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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 wildlife artist Claude Thivierge brings the viewer face-to-face with a wolf howling at the full moon. 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.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    7,000
   
Finish Matte Proof with Black Radium Plating
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Claude Thivierge
Certificate Individually Numbered




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