2018 $20 Geometric Fauna: Orcas - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932089938

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Country: Canada
Year: 2018

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This $20 pure silver Orcas coin takes a contemporary approach to design by merging a realistic depiction with one based on pure geometry. Canada’s most recognizable fauna are synonymous with a natural heritage that is an enduring source of pride for Canadians.  The black-and-white orca is a sight to behold in our coastal waters, where a sleek dorsal fin breaching the ocean’s surface is the first sign of its presence. The third (and final) coin in our Geometric Fauna series travels to Canada’s West Coast to witness an orca bursting through the barrier that separates our worlds, and ultimately breaking free of its geometric form. This coin combines two distinctive art styles, low poly art and realism, to produce one contemporary design that conveys extraordinary depth and motion. This unusual and visually striking coin weighs just over one ounce of pure silver with a large 40 mm diameter, and has a limited mintage of just 6,000 pieces.  As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.     

 The Design:

The reverse design by Claude Thivierge combines two different art styles to capture the majestic beauty and strength of a cultural icon. On Canada’s Pacific Coast, the fjord-like coastline basks in the golden glow of sunlight, which spills into the ocean and illuminates the upper depths. The scene is split between our world and the orca’s underwater realm, where two pod members are rendered in a low poly art style; in spite of their geometric nature, the precision-engraved polygons are each carefully positioned to re-create the orca’s rounded silhouette as it easily moves through the water. A burst of movement comes from the foremost orca, which suddenly rises up above the ocean’s surface; this action simultaneously shatters the watery divide and the geometric barrier, as the breaching orca’s appearance smoothly transitions from abstract to realism above the water. The word “CANADA”, the face value “20 DOLLARS” and the year “2018” are engraved along the rim that frames much of the reverse image. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2018

Diameter: 40 mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.83 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.023 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Finish: Proof
Series: Geometric Fauna Series
Quantity Produced: 6,000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian, Royal Canadian Mint, Wildlife, Canadian Art

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