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LEOPARD FROG Water Lily Venetian Glass Murano Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2014


This exquisite coin is the fourth in the Royal Canadian Mint’s sought-after series featuring engraved and painted Canadian flora paired with fauna made from a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted Venetian glass element created by Giuliano Donaggio, a master glassmaker in Murano, Italy. They combined Venetian glass with a unique coloured design to deliver a coin that boasts new and unrivalled dimension.

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Leopard Frog
The northern leopard frog is perhaps most recognizable as the formaldehyde-soaked specimen in the high school lab tray.
Once the most abundant and widespread frog species in North America, leopard frogs were widely collected not only for dissection but for the food industry (frog legs) as well.
However, massive declines beginning in the early 1970s, particularly in Canada and the western United States, have significantly reduced their numbers. Scientists have not determined the cause of the declines, but it is likely a combination of ecological factors: pollution, deforestation, and water acidity.
Northern leopard frogs are so named for the array of irregularly shaped dark spots that adorn their backs and legs. They are greenish-brown in color with a pearly white underside and light-colored ridges on either side of their backs. They are considered medium-size, reaching lengths of 3 to 5 inches (7.6 to 12.7 centimeters), nose to rump. Females are slightly larger than males.
Their range is most of northern North America, except on the Pacific Coast. They generally live near ponds and marshes, but will often venture into well-covered grasslands as well, earning them their other common name, the meadow frog.
Leopard frogs will eat just about anything they can fit in their mouths. They sit still and wait for prey to happen by, then pounce with their powerful legs. They eat beetles, ants, flies, worms, smaller frogs, including their own species, and even birds, and garter snakes.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2014
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)12.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The reverse image by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais features an engraved and painted Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar variegatum) that occupies the left side of the image field. The blossom is in fool bloom, its outer cup-shaped petals opened to reveal the circular pattern of stamens cradled inside. A stunning, translucent green Leopard Frog made of Venetian glass and hand-crafted by Giuliano Donaggio – a master glassmaker in Murano, Italy – sits upon the engraved and coloured green lily pad leaf in the right portion of the image field. Above it, the face value of “20 DOLLARS” and the year “2014” are engraved, as is the word “CANADA” below it. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.