2018 $20 Geometric Fauna: Orcas - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932089938

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Country: Canada
Year: 2018

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The black-and-white orca (Orcinus orca) is a sight to behold in our coastal waters, where a sleek dorsal fin breaching the oceanÕs surface is the first sign of its presence. The third (and final) coin in our Geometric Fauna series travels to CanadaÕs West Coast to witness an orca bursting through the barrier that separates our worlds, and ultimately breaking free of its geometric form.

The reverse design by Claude Thivierge combines two different art styles to capture the majestic beauty and strength of a cultural icon. On CanadaÕs 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 orcaÕs 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 orcaÕs rounded silhouette as it easily moves through the water. A burst of movement comes from the foremost orca, which suddenly rises up above the oceanÕs surface; this action simultaneously shatters the watery divide and the geometric barrier, as the breaching orcaÕs appearance smoothly transitions from abstract to realism above the water. The word ÒCANADAÓ, the face value Ò20 DOLLARSÓ and the year Ò2018Ó 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.

The first Geometric Fauna coin (The Grey Wolf) featured an icon of our forests, and the second coin (Snowy Owl) took to the skies; To complete the series, this THIRD coin ventures out to sea for a contemporary twist on a wildlife portrait Ñ one that merges a realistic depiction with an art style based on pure geometry.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2018

Diameter: 40 mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.83 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.022 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Finish: Proof
Series: Geometric Fauna Series
Quantity Produced: 6000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian, Royal Canadian Mint, Wildlife, Canadian Art

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