2016 $20 Baby Animals: Woodchuck - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932076778

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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Famous for its winter hibernation, the woodchuck (Marmota monax) ventures out of its underground burrow during the warmer months to sun itself or find food; but when it's not eating, the woodchuck (or groundhog) is typically caring for its young. This fine silver coin captures a tender moment between mother and offspring in a continuing celebration of family bonds among Canada's iconic animal species. Selective colour showcases the young woodchuck and the colourful vegetation that has caught its eye, while detailed engraving conveys a mother's protective nature.

The reverse design by Canadian artist Michelle Grant features colour over the engraved portrait of a young woodchuck in its native environment. Barely two months old, the young is weaned from its mother's milk and has ventured out of its underground burrow to sample nearby grasses and wildflowers. The application of selective colour over engraving captures the young woodchuck's likeness, particularly the texture and dark colour of its fur. Placing its weight on its hind feet, the pup sits upright and uses its clawed forepaws to bring a flower to its mouth for a tentative nibble! The use of colour also draws the eye to the surrounding vegetation, where alfalfa and yellow clover
offer up a veritable feast for this youngster. To the left, detailed engraving depicts a protective mother keeping a watchful eye on her young from the opening of the burrow, which is surrounded by grass and dirt at the foot of a large boulder.

A meaningful, heart-warming gift that celebrates family bonds or a momentous first step! A wonderful addition to any Canadiana-, wildlife- or nature-themed collection.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2016

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

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Baby Woodchuck and Mother
Artist: Michelle Grant
Finish: Proof
Series: Baby Animals, Coin No. 11
Quantity Produced: 5500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Baby Animals

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