2018 $20 Little Creatures: Monarch Caterpillar - Pure Silver Coin

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Country: Canada
Year: 2018

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This 2018 $20 one ounce pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint is both a low mintage limited edition collectible and a beautiful work of art. Caterpillars are often seen as magical creatures in nature, appearing in this first form as they prepare to metamorphosize into a beautiful butterfly. This is especially the case of the Monarch Caterpillar, which is destined in the second stage of its life cycle to become of the most recognized and admired butterflies in Canada and in many parts of the world.

While the rest of the coin features a coloured and engraved background, the vibrantly coloured glass caterpillar is fully three dimensional, individually hand crafted by master glassmakers Bernardino and Giorgio Vio, in Murano, Italy. This 2018 $20 Fine Silver Murano glass coin marks a return to the original mintage of just 5,000, where both beauty and rarity are combined to create a superb collectible. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.

The Design:

This coin’s reverse design is punctuated by a Murano glass monarch caterpillar with vivid yellow, black and white stripes which are the tell-tale sign it is a monarch larva. The glass monarch caterpillar is poised on the leaf of a swamp milkweed plant designed by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais that has been selectively coloured to showcase the plant’s long leaves, and its clusters of pink flowers to best effect.

Murano glass coins from the Royal Canadian Mint are highly sought after today for their beauty and collectability. Because the Murano glass monarch caterpillar has been fashioned by hand, each coin is unique.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2018

Diameter: 38 mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.39 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.009 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Murano Glass Monarch Caterpillar on the leaf of a milkweed plant
Artist: Maurice Gervais
Finish: Proof
Series: Little Creatures Series
Quantity Produced: 5,000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian, Royal Canadian Mint, Wildlife

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