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Canada 2008 Dinosaur Fossil - Triceratops $4 Pure Silver Four Dollar Proof with Oxidized Fossil Technology

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The massive, three-horned skull of the storied Triceratops is uncovered on this affordable, pure silver proof with an intriguing $4 denomination!

Sold out at the Mint!Imagine the thrill of unearthing the bones of a prehistoric monster, a mysterious creature the likes of which the world had never before seen. This was the scene near Denver, Colorado in 1887, when the first Triceratops skull, with its long, forward facing horns and wide frill was discovered.

TriceratopsTriceratops horridus (literally, "frightful three-horned face") was a member of the ceratopsid family of horned dinosaurs, and is believed to represent the ultimate evolution of this line. There is much debate among paleontologists as to the function of its three horns and bony frill. Some argue that Triceratops might have aggressively charged would-be predators, much like a modern rhino. This speculation has led to the recurring theme in dinosaur-related fiction of the classic battle between Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex. Other paleobiologists believe Triceratops' horns were best suited for group defense, in a circle-the-wagons formation. Most, however, agree that they played some role in courtship display.

Triceratops was not a small beast. A mature adult could easily measure 30 feet long, reach 10 feet in height, and weigh over 13 tons (26,000 pounds)! The pair of horns over its eyes were each about 3 feet long. Although they probably filled the same ecological niche as the rhinoceros, Triceratops Skulla more apt comparison, at least size-wise, might be to an M1 Abrams main battle tank! Triceratops were herbivores, but it is unknown whether they lived singly, in small family groups, or in larger herds. Interestingly, each Triceratops had between 400 and 800 teeth in its mouth, depending upon the size of the individual!

These sturdy dinosaurs lived in the Late Cretaceous Period, at the very end of the age of dinosaurs, from about 68 million to 65 million years ago. Like all other dinosaurs, they went extinct about 65.5 million years ago in the great Cretaceous-Tertiary (or K-T) extinction event, in which an asteroid up to several miles in diameter collided with Earth near the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, releasing as much energy as the detonation of several million atomic bombs and creating a nuclear winter scenario.

The Triceratops Dinosaur Fossil $4 Silver Proof is the latest entry in the new and extremely popular Dinosaur Fossils of Canada series. The series is anticipated to continue for four years as follows:
    2007 - Duck-Billed Parasaurolophus
    2008 - Triceratops
    2009 - Tyrannosaurus Rex
    2010 - Dromaeosaurus

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Investment Note
The new Dinosaur Fossil $4 Silver Proofs feature not one, but two, firsts for a Canadian coin series! They are the first Canadian coins with a $4 denomination (face value), and are also the first to feature the Royal Canadian Mint's new oxidized fossil technology (more on this below). Both these firsts, and the incredibly popular theme (dinosaurs), are all important considerations.

Consider too that the dinosaur fossils series is minted in the purest silver (.9999 fine) used anywhere for numismatic purposes. Also important is the mintage limit, which is low for any Canadian pure silver proof, much less one featuring a brand-new applied technology. Perhaps most importantly, these are all very affordable silver proofs, making them a great value. The dinosaur coins seem destined to sell out quickly, so get yours today - these will truly remain among your favorites for years to come!

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Oxidized Fossil Technology Note

The Triceratops Dinosaur Fossil $4 Silver Proof features a new and patented technology from the Royal Canadian Mint, a special finish selectively applied to the dinosaur fossil image. The RCM leads the world with its proprietary technologies, in which the finish is actually sealed on the coin. The unique patination gives the fossil skeleton an aged appearance. Variations in tone and color are a direct and intentional result of this process, so no two coins will look exactly alike!
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Purity Note
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 ounce silver proof is 99.99% pure!

Dinosaur In-BoxA depiction of a complete Triceratops fossilized skull, as discovered in Saskatchewan in 1967. This design has been approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, and is highlighted in an unique patina by the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary oxidized fossil technology. The date of issue and denomination are both indicated.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, 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 coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2008
Face Value Four Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34.0 mm
Mintage Limit       20,000
Finish Proof with Oxidized Finish
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Artist Kerri Burnett
Certificate Individually Numbered

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