2017 $20 Bejeweled Bugs: Butterfly - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 161986

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Country: Canada
Year: 2017

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This 2017 $20 fine silver coin introduces the first pairing of a gemstone-adorned butterfly on a fine silver coin.  Each butterfly is meticulously positioned over an elaborately engraved floral pattern and features an array of precious and semi-precious gemstones (black sapphire, amethyst and rhodolite) that have been carefully applied by hand.  Adding to its collectability, the mintage is extremely limited to just 4,000.  As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.

The Design:

The highly stylized reverse design by Canadian artist Jori van der Linde offers a multi-dimensional approach to celebrating the luminous beauty of a butterfly.  Inspired by daffodil flowers and curly pea vines, a contemporary floral pattern provides a fanciful garden setting that includes five-petalled flowers, floral buds, leaves and sweeping curly flourishes. All are meticulously engraved and well defined in a proof finish that enhances both the natural light and the sparkle of the butterfly. The jewellery-like addition catches the eye with its mix of semi-precious and precious gemstones, including: a round black sapphire as the butterfly’s head; four pear-shaped amethyst stones that add a violet-coloured accent to each wing; and an arrangement of rhodolite stones that add a rich, raspberry-red colour.


The Butterfly:

With sunlight spilling onto its colourful wings, the butterfly is arguably the winged jewel of the insect world. It is a timeless symbol of love, hope and change, and a thing of great beauty on the reverse of this fine silver coin, where a gamut of gems adds incomparable sparkle to a captivating butterfly.  


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2017

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

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Butterfly
Artist: Jori van der Linde
Finish: Proof
Series: Bejeweled Bugs
Quantity Produced: 4,000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Wildlife

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