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Canada 2018 Caribou $3 Pure Silver Specimen Finish Coin L04

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A serene bull caribou stands iconic and noble on this meticulously engraved, intricately rendered and EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE pure silver specimen beauty!

 - Pure Silver!
 - Iconic Caribou!
 - Extremely affordable!
 - Graphic folder turns into display easel!
 - The perfect gift for animal lovers, young numismatists, fans of the great outdoors, and everyone on your list!

With its formidable rack of antlers, the caribou stands tall as a timeless emblem of our wildlife heritage. The classic North American icon commands attention on this pure silver coin, where clean lines give the design a modern edge while placing the focus squarely on a culturally important species.

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An original work of art by renowned, practicing wildlife artist Trevor Tennant depicting caribou.An Original Work of Art
This serene scene by Canadian wildlife artist Steve McPhee presents a contemporary portrait of the caribou in the Arctic wilderness. The carefully sculpted creature is positioned slightly left-of-center, where it strikes a majestic pose as it turns its head and looks towards the right side of the coin. Viewed in side profile, the bull caribou’s rack of antlers adds to its imposing stature, with the main beam rising skyward while the brow-tines point forward above its muzzle. The rendering of the landscape provides a simple yet artistic backdrop, while the brilliance of the engraved elements is enhanced by the coin’s specimen finish.

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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 - 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-quarter troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
This serene scene by Canadian wildlife artist Steve McPhee presents a contemporary portrait of the caribou in the Arctic wilderness. The legend FINE SILVER 9999 guarantees the purity. The date is 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. The denomination is also indicated.

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Packaging

This pure silver coin is securely enclosed in an unique folder-style packaging that can either be stored for posterity or displayed with pride on a desk, credenza, table or mantle! To share with family and friends, simply pop out the easel on the back and it becomes a collectible piece of art! An official certificate of authenticity is integrated into the packaging.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 3 Dollars
Weight 7.96 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
   
Finish Specimen
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
   
Artist Steve McPhee
Certificate Integrated into folder packaging




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