2017 $20 Leaping Cougar - Pure Silver 3D Coloured Coin

SKU: 623932084513

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Country: Canada
Year: 2017

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CanadaÕs largest wild feline is known for using the element of surprise to its advantage. Closely stalking its unsuspecting target, the secretive cougar waits discreetly for just the right moment to pounceÉ as it does on the reverse of this fine silver coin, where a 3D element creates the illusion that the cougar is leaping out of the coin!

The reverse design by Royal Canadian Mint engraver Matt Bowen features a stunning three dimensional rendering of a cougar (Puma concolor) in mid-leap. This shaped element is the product of a process known as thermoforming, which captures the big catÕs likeness in exceptional detailÑfrom the long tail to the large forepaws, and the eyes that guide the hunt. Pushing off its long and muscular hind legs, the embossed cougar springs forward and seemingly leaps out of the coin! Behind it, finely detailed engraving provides an exquisite backdrop for the 3D cougar element, which seems perfectly at home in the rocky, semi-open terrain. Selective colour highlights our stealthy hunter by re-creating its reddish-brown fur, its green eyes, and the contrasting colours that mark the muzzle.

This ÒleapingÓ cougar is the result of a combined printing and embossing process known as thermoforming, which transforms a 2D shape into an inspiring 3D element. Detailed engraving re-creates the cougarÕs mountainous habitat! The reverse serves as an exquisite ÒbackdropÓ to the innovative technology that adds a sense of motion and dimension to the multi-layered design.


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: Cougar leaping
Artist: Matt Bowen
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 6000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: WIldlife

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