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Canada 2018 Majestic Wildlife #1 - Courageous Cougar, Mountain Lion or Puma on Rocky Outcrop $20 Pure Silver Proof with Color WX L02

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Get this first coin in the new Majestic Wildlife Program! A masterwork of wildlife fine art, this powerful portrait of an elusive adult Cougar, Puma or Mountain Lion perched on a rocky outcrop is intricately rendered in pure silver on this meticulously engraved, full color, low mintage proof beauty!

Talisman Coins is proud to bring you the Majestic Wildlife Program for 2018! First up is the mountain lion. Strongly associated with the mountains in the West, there is evidence that the cougar is making a comeback in the East, bolstered by the growing population of white-tailed deer. Celebrate the return of North America's largest cat with this breathtaking coin!

The Cougar is one of our most powerful, elusive, and beautiful predators. This silent hunter is the perfect subject for the Royal Canadian Mint’s stunning new, three coin Majestic Wildlife Program. Like the sleek adult cougar on this pure silver proof, the collection is rare and dazzling - and, like the elusive mountain lion, it will have disappeared before you know! Coins in this series will include:

    1)  Courageous Cougar
    2)  Wandering White-Tailed Deer
    3)  Meddlesome Mountain Goat

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A North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma crossing a stream in the wild.A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
Canadian wildlife artist Pierre Leduc has created a commanding portrait of an adult mountain lion standing on a rocky outcrop. Selective color brings the alpine trees and the various tones of the rock to life. This highly adaptive feline lives in a variety of habitats, which produces variations in genetics, behavior and hue. This design features the tawny coloration and markings most commonly associated with North America's largest cat.

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North America's Legendary Big Cat
The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther (depending on the region) is a feline mammal native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in every major American habitat type. It is the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar, and the fourth largest cat species in the world (after lions, tigers and jaguars). Although large, the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is closer genetically to the domestic cat than to true lions.

A straight on forward facing facial portrait of the North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma. Averaging 140 lbs (64 kg) in weight (with extremely large specimens weighing in near 300 pounds), and measuring up to 6 feet (3 meters) in length, the cougar is noted for its lithe musculature, long hind legs, and a tail that, at almost 3 feet (1 meter) long, acts as an important counterbalance for the noted jumper.

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A capable stalk-and-ambush predator, the mountain lion pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources include ungulates such as deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep, as well as domestic cattle, horses and sheep, particularly in the northern part of its range. It will also hunt species as small as insects and rodents. The head of the cougar is round and the ears erect. Its powerful forequarters, neck, and jaw serve to grasp and hold large prey. It has five retractable claws on its forepaws (one a dewclaw) and four on its hind paws. The larger front feet and claws are adaptations to clutching prey.

 The puma prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but it can also live in open areas. It is territorial and persists at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While it is a large predator, this cat is not always the dominant species in its range, as when it competes for prey with other predators such as the jaguar, gray wolf, American Black Bear, and the grizzly bear. It is a reclusive cat and usually avoids people. Attacks on humans remain fairly rare, despite a recent increase in frequency.

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A profile facial portrait of the North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma.Due to excessive hunting following the European colonization of the Americas and the continuing human development of cougar habitat, populations have dropped in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the cougar was extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century (except for an isolated sub-population in Florida). However, in recent decades, breeding populations have moved east into the far western parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Transient males have been verified in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Illinois, where a cougar was shot in the city limits of Chicago and, in at least one instance, observed as far east as Connecticut.

The cougar’s elusiveness makes it difficult to track and protect. Today, there is evidence that the cougar is returning to parts of its former eastern range and that its western populations are growing. Sightings remain rare as this secretive hunter passes through the landscape like a ghost, leaving behind only a few prints and a lingering aura of mystery and awe.

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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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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 coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
Canadian wildlife artist Pierre Leduc has created a commanding portrait of an adult mountain lion standing on a rocky outcrop. 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
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit     6,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
   
Artist Pierre Leduc
Certificate Individually Numbered




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