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2023 Canada $10 The Curious Marten 1/20oz. Pure Gold Coin (No Tax)

2023 Canada $10 The Curious Marten  1/20oz. Pure Gold Coin (No Tax)

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2023 Canada $10 The Curious Marten 1/20oz. Pure Gold Coin (No Tax)

Captured on the Royal Canadian Mint's smallest (14 mm) blank and in 99.99% pure gold, the baby marten (or kit) is furry, energetic, and oh so adorable! This cute resident of Canada’s boreal forests will grow up to be a solitary hunter and an agile forager that deftly moves among the trees in search of berries, nuts, insects and small mammals. But before reaching maturity, a marten kit is reliant on its mother until the fourth month—that’s when it is finally ready to make its first foray out of the den and into the forest, as seen on this coin.

A member of the Mustelidae family that includes weasels, wolverines and skunks, an adult marten (or pine marten) is roughly the size of a housecat, but with a slender body and shorter legs. A sub-species, the Newfoundland marten, is only found in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The baby marten depicted on your coin is already a few months old. After finding a suitable tree hollow or abandoned den, the mother gives birth to two to four babies in March/April. Each newborn weighs just 30 grams but they grow quickly! The mother nurses her young until early summer, and the juveniles are on their own by the fall.

The marten’s silky coat has traditionally commanded a high price in the fur industry, where it is sometimes marketed as Canadian sable.

Designed by Canadian wildlife artist Pierre Girard, your coin’s reverse features a charming portrait of a marten kit. The young animal is perched on the branch of a tree with its bushy tail hanging down, as it turns to face the viewer. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.

Item Number: 206045
Mintage: 3,000
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight: 1.58 g
Diameter: 14.1 mm
Face Value: $10
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Pierre Girard (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

Special Features:
• Affordable Gold! Struck on a 1/20 oz. gold blank for greater affordability, this baby animal portrait is crafted in 99.99% pure gold.
• Affordably sized, precisely crafted. While the coin's 14 mm diameter makes it slightly smaller than a 10-cent piece, you’ll find an incredible wealth of engraved details on its reverse.
• A captivating Canadian Species! The bushy-tailed marten (also known as the pine marten) isn’t often featured on Canadian coins but is found throughout Canada, where it resides in the boreal forests that stretch from east to west and into the north.
• High Appeal! Animal lovers will love the coin’s wildlife portrait. This pure gold coin is also an affordable option for anyone looking to add pure gold to their collection.
• Low Mintage! Only 3,000 coins available worldwide.

The coin comes encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

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