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2023 Canada $10 Ice Age: Smilodon Sabre-Toothed Cat 2oz. .9999 Silver (No Tax)

2023 Canada $10 Ice Age: Smilodon Sabre-Toothed Cat 2oz. .9999 Silver (No Tax)
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2023 Canada $10 Ice Age: Smilodon Sabre-Toothed Cat 2oz. .9999 Silver (No Tax)

The Royal Canadian Mint releases the first design in their Ice Age Series. This 2oz Ice Age coin features a fierce sabre-tooth cat. The word "Smilodon" translates to “scalpel tooth,” a fitting descriptor for an ancient big cat whose deadly canines measured up to 18 centimeters long. A key top predator, the sabre-toothed cat would have stalked large herbivores—horses, camels, giant ground sloths and more.

The reverse of this 2023 2oz coin depicts a sabre-tooth tiger image. Jaw wide, teeth bared and leaping toward the viewer, designer Julius Csotonyi captures the terrifying fierceness of this Ice Age predator. Next to the design you will find a micro-engraving security feature that consists of a maple leaf and the number 23, corresponding to the year of release. The effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt graces the obverse. This effigy features a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign.

The Smilodon Sabre-tooth Cat
Despite living during the Ice Age, the Smilodon Sabre-Toothed Cat preferred warmer climates. Its fossils are among the most common ones found in the tar pit deposits of California, but its range extended across ice-free areas of North, Central and South America. In 2019, a 35,000-to-40,000-year-old bone became the first verified evidence of Smilodon fatalis’ existence in the prehistoric plains of southern Alberta, before becoming extinct at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, around 11,700 years ago.

Manufacturer: Royal Canadian Mint
Year: 2023
Purity: 9999 silver
Diameter (mm): 38.00
Denomination: $10 CAD
Metal Weight (ozt): 2.00

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