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2013 $10 1/2 OZ. FINE SILVER COIN - 4TH IN O CANADA SERIES – THE POLAR BEAR

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The fourth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new O Canada series focusing on iconic Canadian images, celebrates a symbol of the power and vastness of Canada’s northern landscape, the Polar Bear. In a nation dominated by weather extremes, the Polar Bear’s ability to survive and thrive in the harshest climate reflects Canadians’ stalwart pragmatism and spirit of adventure.

Description:
This 10-Dollar coin is certified to be 99.99% pure silver with a diameter of 34 millimetres and a metal weight of 15.87 grams. The reverse design by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc presents an outer border framing an inner field engraved with the image of a polar bear standing on an ice floe. Viewed in profile from its right side, the bear’s unique features, including its small ears, elongated neck, enormous mass, and light-toned fur are realistically rendered. The image centres on the polar bear, but its Arctic environment is clearly evident in the jagged floating ice upon which the bear stands and the frozen, wind-blown sea, dotted with icebergs, that stretches toward the horizon behind the bear. The reverse also features a stylized polar bear paw print and the engraved word “CANADA,” the date “2013,” and the face value of “10 DOLLARS.” The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.


Special Features:

  • This is the fourth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new O Canada ½ oz silver coin series. The series focuses on iconic Canadian images to celebrate all that makes Canada unique. Rendered in 99.99% pure silver with limited mintages, this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors.
  • Future coins in this series include images on the Wolf, Caribou, Orca and Maple Leaf and other iconic Canadian images, and is available as part of a monthly subscription.
  • This beautiful silver coin comes in a clamshell case encased in a special full-colour beauty box.
  • Engraved in exquisite detail and set against the backdrop of the Canadian Arctic—one of the world’s most remote landscapes.
  • A great gift and collectible to celebrate Canada’s natural wonders, the Canadian North, Canada’s Arctic, and the country’s unique iconography.

Product Specifications:
Face Value: 10 dollars
Mintage: 40,000
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 15.87
Diameter (mm): 34
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized
Artist: Pierre Leduc

Packaging:
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a customized full color sleeve.


Finished size: 67 mm x 67 mm

 

Advertising Date: November 4, 2012
Launch Date: April 9, 2013

Packaging:
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a customized full color sleeve.
Finished size: 67 mm x 67 mm

Complete certificate text:
O Canada
Canada’s national identity is much like its majestic landscape: diverse, storied, and sometimes elusive. In the ever-changing tectonics of Canadian culture, identifiers tend to reflect the nation’s multicultural nature and its geography, fauna and flora, and social and political institutions. Born of this complex background, Canadian icons are distinct because they carry meaning for all Canadians, regardless of where we live or how we came to be here. These are the images that plumb the depths of Canadian pride and kindle Canadians’ love for their home.

Polar Bear: King of the Arctic
In the vast Canadian Arctic, Ursus maritimus is king. Like its homeland, it is massive— males can weigh up to 800 kilograms and females are about 400 kilograms. Although Polar Bears inhabit Arctic coasts around the world, Canada hosts the largest population on earth: about 15,000 of the global total of approximately 25,000.
Distinct for its creamy white colouring, the Polar Bear is well adapted for its home Perhaps the Polar Bear’s most important adaptation is its ability to slow its metabolism to survive lean times: its body will automatically go into energy conservation mode if the bear has not eaten for about a week.
Ironically, this massive apex predator is born tiny and helpless. Weighing less than a kilogram with very fine hair, Polar Bear cubs—usually born in sets of two—enter the world in the relative warmth and safety of the maternal den. Mother and cubs will wait there for several months until the cubs are strong enough to survive the cold. Beginning around March, the cubs accompany their mother on hunts for their food staple, the ringed seal. Their exceptional sense of smell is powerful enough to detect a seal’s breathing hole in the ice from a kilometer away. The cubs will stay with their mother until they are about two and a half years old, creating a three-year breeding cycle that helps to explain the slow growth of Polar Bear populations.
A Canadian Icon
A symbol of the power and vastness of Canada’s northern landscape, the Polar Bear is an iconic animal for Canadians. In a nation dominated by weather extremes, the Polar Bear’s ability to survive and thrive in the harshest climate reflects Canadians’ stalwart pragmatism and spirit of adventure.

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