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Canada 2018 Canadian Wildlife Mosaics #3 - Cougar, Puma or Mountain Lion $20 Pure Silver Proof with Color L09

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Get the third and final coin in the popular Canadian Wildlife Mosaics Program! A masterwork of wildlife fine art, this ingenious portrait of a large adult Cougar 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 in the Mountains
    2)  Grizzly Bear Salmon Fishing
    3)  Cougar (Mountain Lion)

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A profile facial portrait of the North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma.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!

Canada’s largest wild feline is a rare sight in the forests of Western Canada — but only because of its secretive nature. A clearing in the woods allows a glimpse of a tan-colored cougar on your coin, where, even in mosaic-like form, the big cat is the image of agility and strength in the wild! This is the third coin in our Canadian Mosaics series, which puts a new spin on traditional wildlife portraits. Your coin is formed by more than 130 individually engraved segments of all sizes, like pieces of tile that come together to form a mosaic, complete with engraved “grout” lines! But the attention to detail runs much deeper than the detailed engraving: Color Mosaic technology also heightens this colorful portrait by mixing different paint effects that create a subtle interplay of light, from glassy hues to the dark and opaque colors of the cougar’s fur.

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An Original Work of Art

The design by Jori van der Linde features Color Mosaic technology, a combination of engraving and paint techniques that transform a traditional wildlife portrait into mosaic art. More than 130 individually engraved, differently shaped “tiles” combine for a close view of a cougar (Puma concolor) in a forest clearing, while engraved “grout” lines help capture the look of raised tiles. Different paint effects alter the intensity of each colored segment, save for the polished surface of the coin that adds a shine to the trunks and branches of the tall trees.

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North America's Legendary Big Cat
A straight on forward facing facial portrait of the North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma. 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.

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 North American big cat called the cougar, moutain lion or puma crossing a stream in the wild.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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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
The design by Jori van der Linde features Color Mosaic technology, a combination of engraving and paint techniques that transform a traditional wildlife portrait into mosaic art. More than 130 individually engraved, differently shaped “tiles” combine for a close view of a cougar (Puma concolor) in a forest clearing 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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