Artists - Alexandra Lefort (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse). Dive into Canada's oceans with this stunning coin that takes you beneath the waves to discover the amazing underwater worlds that lie off Canada's east, west, and Arctic coasts. Meet the walrus swimming within the unique 3D water droplet and the diverse ocean residents who face significant challenges brought on by human activity. This coin is a powerful work of art that honors water and the creatures that live within it - an inspiring call to cherish and preserve all of Earth's aquatic treasures!The Mint's second-ever coin featuring a unique 3D droplet. The coin's powerful design conveys three compelling themes: the rich diversity of aquatic life in Canada; the importance of water to all living things; and the challenges the world's oceans currently face as a result of human activity. LOW MINTAGE: Only 7,500 coins! ONE-OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER COIN! For our Canadian customers, this coin is GST/HST exempt! Canadian artist Alexandra Lefort has created an engaging underwater scene that takes the viewer beneath the surface to meet the diverse aquatic life that can be found off Canada's shores in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. A 3D droplet dominates the center of the design and frames a walrus that leads the eye into the design.
Around the outer edge, six ocean residents are positioned in a manner that roughly mirrors their geographical distribution in Canada. An iceberg floats in the upper right "Atlantic/Arctic" portion of the design while two species of Pacific kelp (bull and northern giant) frame the design as they define the West Coast. Presented clockwise from the top: ivory gulls glide above the water; a northern bottlenose whale; a pair of beluga whales; a leatherback sea turtle; a grey whale; and a basking shark. Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell protected by a black beauty box.
All of the coins offered in this listing are "unsearched". Many coin dealers "search" all coins when they are received from the Mint. They "cherry-pick" the best coins. Then submit them to be graded, certified, and slabbed by PCGS, NGC, ANACS, etc. When a dealer searches coins, those that they sell in original Mint packaging are only lesser quality coins.
Photos: When a listing offers multiples of the same coin, one coin is picked at random and photographed. Since all coins offered in that listing are essentially identical, the coin photographed is representative of all coins offered. Surface areas that appear black on some proof coin photos are actually highly polished, mirror-bright metal reflecting the color of the camera.
We often include proof coin photos with the coin slightly tilted to better depict the mirror bright surfaces. However, tilting the coin may resulting one side being slightly out of focus. Whenever possible, we use actual photos of our coins, rather than just stock artwork from the Mint.We frequently update and upgrade the photos that appear with our listings, using improved cameras and lenses and better lighting. We will honor your requests for additional photos as quickly as our schedule permits.