2021 $50 Multilayered Cougar - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 200455

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Country: Canada
Year: 2021

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Thanks to a new advanced minting process, this extra thick coin features two distinctly separate layers of engraving a cutout with a background etched on the coin’s interior surface. The top element of the multilayered engraving showcases a cutout cougar perched on a branch, while the second layer presents a forest setting in Western Canada. Mintage is limited to 1,500. HST/GST exempt.

The Design:
This new minting technology was first introduced on a 2019 dated three ounce $2 polar bear design coin from the Royal Canadian Mint’s R&D Lab collection. This coin sold out immediately and now sells in the secondary market for about $1500. By using multiple layers, the coin adds additional design space, depth perspective and levels of interest. In this case, the cougar that cuts away to a sweeping view of its forest surroundings. 

The wildlife design by Canadian artist Denis Mayer Jr. features a cutout of a cougar perched on a branch. Behind it, the coin’s interior surface provides a separate base layer for an engraved rendering of a forest setting in Western Canada. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The Cougar:
The cougar is Canada’s largest wild cat and the second-largest in the Western Hemisphere (the jaguar is bigger). Given that its range extends from the Yukon-British Columbia border to southern Argentina, the cougar is known to occupy a variety of habitats—from deserts to tropical rainforests, and the coniferous forest shown on this coin.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 50 Dollars
Year: 2021

Diameter: 55mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 105.62 grams
Bullion Weight: 3.392 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Artist: Denis Mayer Jr.
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 1,500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

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