2017 Canada Nocturnal by Nature - Barn Owl 1 oz. Silver Matte Proof PR70 ANACS First Release Limited Edition

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Price: $249.00
Item Number: NK12912
2017 Canada Nocturnal by Nature - Barn Owl 1 oz. Silver Matte Proof –PR70 – ANACS First Release – Limited Edition
 
The collectible attributes of this coin are: First coin in series, Low mintage, Perfect PR70 grade, Limited edition status, Ground breaking design, Black rhodium!
 
 
The Barn Owl is the first coin released in the new 2-coin series called Nocturnal by Nature from the Royal Canadian Mint. This ground-breaking release uses black rhodium plating over pure silver, which allows for a highly visual, contrasting design of light and dark imagery. Only 7,000 coins have been authorized, which assures their collectible value. The coin is showcased in perfect Proof 70 condition (PR70).
 
These coins have been carefully examined by the experts at ANACS. Only coins that are perfect in all aspects of strike, surface and luster are awarded the top grade of PR70. Offered in specially designated First Release premium holders. Each coin is individually numbered out of 249, guaranteeing their low certified population.
 
Canada is home to a wide range of nocturnal animals, including the barn owl, whose acute senses and secretive ways make it one of nature’s most efficient night-time hunters. The first-time use of black rhodium plating, one of Earth’s rarest Precious Metals, lends itself perfectly to recreating the dark night sky, yet allows the moon’s uniquely frosted finish to shine through. The reverse design by Canadian artist Jamie Desrochers features a contemporary stylized depiction of a barn owl descending upon its prey, as viewed from the ground looking up at the night sky. In the background, the creative use of black rhodium plating serves as a stunning backdrop for this night-time scene; detailed engraving re-creates the cratered surface of the full moon, which is brought to life through the use of bold frosting peering through the dark plating.
 
The coin’s Silver surface also lends itself beautifully to evoking the luminous quality of moonlight on the engraved owl in the foreground, which seemingly shines brighter against the dark image field. Flying on outstretched wings, the owl conveys its stealthy hunting prowess through its fixed stare, as it seems to close in on the viewer. The engraving captures much of the owl’s most distinctive features, from its characteristic heart-shaped face and sharp talons, to the spotted appearance of its wing and tail feathers.
 
Specifications
 
Date: 2017
Denomination: $20 CAD
Mintage: 7,000
Metal: Silver
Weight: 31.39 grams
Purity: .9999
Diameter: 38 mm
Issue: RCM
Condition: PR70
Design: Jamie Desrochers/ Susanna Blunt
ANACS F.R. Ltd 249

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