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2014 Canada $20 Prehistoric Animals - The Woolly Mammoth (TAX Exempt)

 
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Despite the species' extinction 10,000 years ago, the Woolly mammoth continues to inspire and intrigue many who identify it with the last glacial period. With this finely detailed silver coin, the Royal Canadian Mint commemorates this impressive mammal that once roamed parts of present-day Canada.

The reverse design by Canadian artist Michael Skrepnik features a front profile view of a woolly mammoth, allowing the viewer to get a close glimpse at some of the animal's unique features as verified by paleontologists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. The shaggy fur, which grows longer as winter nears, is rendered in fine detail, as are the mammoth's feet and shorter ears. The trunk, which ensured the mammoth could grasp, drink and communicate, is also faithfully represented. Perhaps most striking are the mammoth's tusks, which curve outwards before curving back towards the base of the trunk. In the background, a mountainous landscape fades into the distance as the mammoth makes its way across the flatlands. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Specifications:
Item Number: 132487
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Mintage: 7,500
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated

Special Features:
-First in the new Prehistoric Animals series!
-Thanks to the environments that mammoth remains have been found in, they have become one of the most well-known species associated with the ice age. Paleontologists have even decoded part of their DNA!
-This finely detailed portrayal of the mammoth has been selectively frosted to enhance the soft natural texture of the fur, and accent its smooth, curved tusks.
-The pose highlights the imposing stature of the mammoth, and the natural beauty of the tusks which could grow to 4 meters long!
-Packaged with a beautiful graphic beauty box.



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