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Canada 2018 Canadian Wildlife Mosaics #1 - Caribou in the Mountains $20 Pure Silver Proof with Color L07

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Get this first coin in the new Canadian Wildlife Mosaics Program! A masterwork of wildlife fine art, this ingenious portrait of an noble adult caribou bull in the mountains is intricately rendered in pure silver on this meticulously designed, full color, low mintage proof beauty!

The magic of a tiled mosaic lies in how every individual segment comes together flawlessly to create a much larger image, one that is luminous, exquisite and kaleidoscopic. Introducing Canadian Wildlife Mosaics, a new portrait series featuring iconic animals in classic Canadian settings, interpreted in a style reminiscent of mosaic art! Coins in this series will include:

    1)  Caribou
    2)  Grizzly Bear
    3)  Cougar

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An original work of art by renowned, practicing wildlife artist Trevor Tennant depicting caribou.Antlers crown its regal form, making the caribou (Rangifer tarandus) appear like the monarch of the Canadian wilderness on this pure silver coin. This vibrant ode to a Canadian icon is a notable first: the first coin in the new, limited mintage Canadian Wildlife Mosaics series, and the first to feature an innovative color technology that gives it the look and feel of a stained glass mosaic!

An Original Work of Art

The design by Jori van der Linde features a side-profile view of a caribou against a mountain backdrop, imagined in the style of mosaic art. Detailed engraving divides the image into different-sized segments resembling stained glass pieces. Color Mosaic technology adds luminous hues while mimicking the appearance of filtered light, as the eye moves from the glassy blue sky intermixed with the coin’s own proof finish, to the more opaque colors of the caribou.

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Ancient Spirit of the North: The Mighty Caribou
Rangifer tarandus, known as caribou in North America and reindeer in Europe and Asia, is a member of the Cervidae, or deer, family. In Canada, this family also includes moose, white-tailed deer, mule deer, and elk. Native to Canada, four subspecies of Rangifer tarandus occupy tundra and boreal zones spanning from the West Coast to Newfoundland and from the USA-Canada border to Ellesmere Island. In total, Canada is home to about 2.4 million caribou—one of the world’s largest populations.

This midsized ruminant lives primarily on nutrient-rich lichens in the winter, adding leaves and grasses to its diet as they become available in the warmer months. All caribou shovel their way to lichens through winter snows using specially adapted hooves. The hooves, whose rigidity changes with the seasons to give the animal greater grip on ice, rock, or boggy land, also grow much longer in winter to give the caribou greater traction on snow. The two dewclaws at the back of each hoof help to improve the caribou’s weight distribution and balance in any terrain. To escape their main predator, the grey wolf, caribou can run at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour, and are fast, strong swimmers.

An original work of art by renowned, practicing wildlife artist Trevor Tennant depicting caribou.All caribou have noses with special adaptations that increase the surface area of the nostrils so that they can heat the frozen Arctic air as they inhale, before it reaches their lungs. Recent research suggests that caribou may be able to see ultraviolet light—if so, they are the only mammal that can. The adaptation is believed to result from the need to visually distinguish objects in an environment which offers little visual contrast in the normal light range.

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Caribou are unique among Cervidae in that both sexes grow antlers. Though the males’ antlers are typically larger, giving them dominance through the summer months and autumn mating season, pregnant females retain their antlers long after the males have shed theirs in late autumn, thereby becoming dominant over the herd through the long winter months until they return to their calving grounds and give birth in May and June.

Caribou are exceptional travelers, covering more ground in their migrations than any other land animal. Some of Canada’s caribou populations travel 5,000 kilometers each year. They migrate together in enormous herds; in spring, these groups can number 500,000 and are an amazing sight to behold.

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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
The design by Jori van der Linde features a side-profile view of a caribou against a mountain backdrop, imagined in the style of mosaic art. There are no legends on the obverse to detract from the beauty of the design.

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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 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 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 Jori van der Linde
Certificate Individually Numbered




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