The Royal Canadian mint have launched a new series of collector coins which feature designs of one of Canada’s national symbols from its wildlife, the white-tailed deer, which is the smallest member of the deer family in North America but also the most widespread. The Royal Canadian Mint have added that the series will comprise four one-ounce silver coins which will include edge-lettering detailing the metal content and weight.
During the late-November mating season, mature male deer are at their most majestic in anticipation of the coming cold season, their fur thickens against the cold and their broad necks and heads are crowned by an impressive set of antlers. These antlers are a biological wonder. Composed of velvet-covered cartilage that hardens into bone, the antlers of Canada’s white-tailed deer are among the fastest-growing mammal bones on Earth. Following the annual mating season, these bone structures, which are dead by the time they are used to assert dominance in the autumn, will fall off. The process of antler-growing is repeated once more. The buck will grow a new set the following spring, every year of his life! Antler growth is largely restricted to male deer and can grow more than a centimeter or just under a third of an inch a day.
The coin, designed by Desmond McCaffrey, features a three-quarter profile portrait of a male white-tailed deer and is designed to showcase the singular beauty of a mature male white-tailed deer at the height of its strength. This image renders in fine detail the 10-point antler rack, large ears, distinctive eyes and muzzle, and strong neck and back of its subject. The antlers, which will be shed soon after they have reached their peak growth for the year, bear tines that point sharply upward and bend slightly forward. The lighter coloration of its inner ear, eyes, nose, and lower jaw, along with the rippling muscles of its powerful neck and back, are portrayed in dimensional detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers. The obverse includes the current portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Susanna Blunt and in use on all circulation and most commemorative Canadian coins since 2003.
|20 Dollars||.999 silver||31.3 grams||38 mm.||Proof||7500 pieces|
The first coin in the series is expected to be released between August and November with each additional coin issued in four month intervals. Viewed together, the series will also showcase a variety of white-tailed Deer images and finishes used by Royal Canadian Mint engravers to bring life and energy to every image. Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box.
For more information or to place an order, please visit the Royal Canadian Mint product page. Information offered in English and French.