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Canada 2004 12 Signs of the Roman Zodiac - Gemini the Twins $5 Privy Mark Pure Silver Maple Leaf SML Reverse Proof

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Low-mintage Zodiac privy mark SML celebrates the twins Castor and Pollux, known collectively as Gemini!

Sold out at the Mint!Gemini is an astrological sign, one of the twelve signs of the classical or Roman zodiac. This sign originated with the constellation Gemini and is the third sign of the zodiac. The mintage of each of the Roman Zodiac Privy Mark Silver Maple Leafs is only 5,000 - the second lowest ever for any SML!

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Gemini ChartThe Constellation Gemini
Since this constellation is easily viewable as two parallel stick figures, since prehistory it has been associated with the myth of Castor and Pollux (also known as Polydeuces), who as a pair are known as the Dioscuri. A myth of these twins heavily concerns cattle theft, and may be connected to early views of the Milky Way. The twins are situated right next to the Milky Way, so it is possible that this galaxy was seen as a herd of dairy cows or cattle.

Castor is identified as the twin on the right, whose head is represented by the star of the same name, while Pollux is on the left, with the star Pollux as his head. The twins are usually viewed as leaning toward the left. However, when right leaning, one of the twins resides within the Milky Way, and the other outside it, a situation making it appear as if one of the twins is stealing the cattle, while the other observes.

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The Sign of the Gemini
GeminiAs a sign of the zodiac, Gemini is classed as a positive or masculine, extroverted sign. Its element is air and its quality is mutable. Traditionally, in astrology, Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury and its opposite sign is Sagittarius. Gemini's period, when it is occupied by the Sun, runs from May 21 to June 21, and the Third House is the house Taurus rules.

In astrology the astrological signs of the twelve houses equal segments or divisions of the zodiac. According to astrological beliefs, celestial phenomena reflect or govern human activity on the principle of "as above, so below", so that the twelve signs at the same time are held to represent twelve basic personality types or characteristic modes of expression.

Those born under the sign of Gemini are said to be adaptable, versatile, intellectual, spontaneous, eloquent, youthful, lively, talkative, amusing, witty and logical. They are believed to be the most effective communicators, although they can also be superficial, cunning and fickle.

Investment Note

With a total mintage of only 5,000 each, these Roman Zodiac Privy Mark Silver Maple Leafs have become very hard to find in the market. The Silver Maple Leaf is the most collected Canadian coin. As all SML collectors (and all Privy Mark collectors) need this coin, there are simply not enough to go around!

Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. Since their introduction the Canadian Maple Leaf coins have been regarded as among the finest silver coins in the world, owing in large part to their superb purity. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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A highly-detailed depiction of a single maple leaf. To the right of the maple leaf's stem is a privy mark of the Gemini twins. The legends FINE SILVER 1 OZ and 9999 guarantee the weight and purity.


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 date, denomination and the legend ELIZABETH II also appear.

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Country Canada
Year of Issue 2004
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
Finish Reverse Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Packaging Archival Quality Mylar Holder

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