2018 $30 The Great White Shark - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932090927

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Country: Canada
Year: 2018

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For years, the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has been cast as an object of fear when in truth, it is a fascinating ancient species and one of the oldest life forms on Earth. This $30 coin shines the spotlight on a legendary yet mysterious oceanic predator, whose northern range stretches into Canadian waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

The coin is dated 2018 with a $30 denomination and weighs two ounces of pure silver with blue rhodium plating.  Adding to its collectability is a low mintage of just 3,500 coins. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.


The Design:

The reverse design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra captures the imposing stature of a great white shark as it moves through Canadian waters. The viewpoint from beneath it emphasizes the large size and the streamlined shape of this solitary predator, whose conical snout is in full view. Its mouth is only slightly ajar, allowing a limited view of the famously serrated teeth that provoke such widespread fear. Rendered in outstanding detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers, this highly detailed portrait includes the faint markings and scars along the torpedo-shaped body, the gills on its side, as well as the shark’s dark eye. Adding to a sense of depth and dynamic movement is the wide path cut by the shark as it catches up to a familiar prey: a school of Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus). The reverse also features the engraved word “CANADA”, the year “2018” and the face value “30 DOLLARS”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 30 Dollars
Year: 2018

Diameter: 50 mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 62.69 grams
Bullion Weight: 2.016 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: A Great White Shark in Blue Waters
Artist: Emily Damstra
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 3,500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Canadian,Royal Canadian Mint,Wildlife

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