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Canada 2018 Geometric Fauna Series #3 - Orcas Killer Whales $20 Pure Silver Low Poly Art Geometry Whale Proof with Color L05

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Get the third in the innovative Geometric Fauna series, illustrating the natural beauty of Canadian wildlife! Combining color with techniques borrowed from low poly art, this pure silver proof puts a contemporary, digital spin on the majestic Orca or Killer Whale!

Welcome to the innovative Geometric Fauna Series, the popular new program of spectacular, one troy ounce pure silver proof-finish coins from the Royal Canadian Mint. The goal is to put a new take on the familiar designs of Canada's natural heritage. As digital artists seek to recreate the physical world through dimensional images, modeling techniques based on geometric shapes have given way to a new visual style, called low poly art. This eye-catching series utilizes this art style to present a contemporary spin on and artistic interpretation Canadian wildlife.

The black-and-white orca (Orcinus orca) is a sight to behold in our coastal waters, where a sleek dorsal fin breaching the ocean’s surface is the first sign of its presence. The third and final coin in our Geometric Fauna series travels to Canada’s West Coast to witness an orca bursting through the barrier that separates our worlds, and ultimately breaking free of its geometric form!

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An adult orca or killer whale completely breaching or leaping out of the water.This ingenious coin design brings together a mass of polygons to create a captivating image of a pair of mother orca killer whale and her baby calf. Known as “low poly” art, this geometric technique has been merged with outstanding sculpting, cutting-edge technology and advanced finishing techniques. The result? A stunning design with exceptional relief that defines every polygon, and rich, bold colors that bring depth, dimension and a powerful sense of shadow and light to the scene. Breathtaking use of color furthers the design. In keeping with the low poly art style, lustrous colors contribute to the perception of depth and shadows.

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An Original Work of Art!
Created by Canadian wildlife artist Claude Thivierge, the design fuses two different art styles to capture the majestic beauty and strength of a cultural icon. On Canada’s Pacific Coast, the fjord-like coastline basks in the golden glow of sunlight, which spills into the ocean and illuminates the upper depths. The scene is split between our world and the orca’s underwater realm, where two pod members are rendered in a low poly art style; in spite of their geometric nature, the precision-engraved polygons are each carefully positioned to re-create the orca’s rounded silhouette as it easily moves through the water. A burst of movement comes from the foremost orca, which suddenly rises up above the ocean’s surface. This action simultaneously shatters the watery divide and the geometric barrier, as the breaching orca’s appearance smoothly transitions from abstract to realism above the water.

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Highly Intelligent Marine Hunter - Endangered
A pair of orcas or killer whales playing or frolicking. The killer whale (Orcinus orca), commonly referred to as the orca, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which they are the largest member. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. They are able to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots, making them the world's fastest sea mammals.

Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators and preying on even large sharks.

Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, are taught to and passed on to subsequent generations, in what has been described as manifestations of culture.

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An adult orca or killer whale exhibiting spyhopping behavior, which helps it to see its surroundings better.The IUCN currently assesses the orca's conservation status as data deficient because of the likelihood that one or more killer whale types are separate species. Some local populations are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution (by PCBs), capture for marine mammal parks, and conflicts with fisheries. In late 2005, the killer whales known as the "southern resident killer whales" were placed on the U.S. Endangered Species list.

Wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans, although there have been cases of captive orcas killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks. Killer whales feature strongly in the mythologies of indigenous cultures, especially the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, with their reputation ranging from being the souls of humans to merciless killers.

Their distinctive intelligence, sociability, and playfulness, particularly their spectacular leaps, have made orcas an important symbol of Wildlife Conservation.

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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. This one troy ounce silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Created by Canadian wildlife artist Claude Thivierge, the design fuses two different art styles to capture the majestic beauty and strength of a cultural icon, the killer whale. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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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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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.

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit      6,000
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Claude Thivierge
Certificate Individually Numbered


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