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GREEN DARNER Dragonfly Silver Coin 10$ Canada 2014


The second coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting Dragonfly series featuring painted dragonflies set in holograms features the striking Anax junius—the Green Darner. By holding the hologram at a 45 degree angle, the dragonfly’s habitat comes to life in dimensional detail – from the vegetation along the water’s edge to the lily pads floating on the water’s shimmering, reflective surface.

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Dragon Fly
The ancestors of the Dragon Fly lived on the Earth approximately 250 million years ago and with a wingspan of over 70 cm were huge. About 5‘700 species are known today.
The Dragon Fly (lat. Odonata) has unique flying characteristics. Due to its two pairs of wings, which are able to manoeuvre independently, the Dragon Fly is capable of changing its direction very fast and can stall remain stationary in the air like a helicopter. It can reach a speed of up to 50 km/h. The Dragon Flies’s head is somewhat out of line with the body and is therefore very agile.
It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest.
Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.
Many Odanata species only live for a few weeks. From the view point of humans, the Dragon Fly is very useful because it eats masses of mosquitoes and other vermin. It doesn’t even spare its fellow species.
Unfortunately, due to climate warming and the threat of their living environment, many Dragon Fly species are jeopardised and critically endangered.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2014
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.87
  • Diameter (mm)34
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse image by Canadian artist Celia Godkin features a painted Anax junius set against a three-dimensional hologram. Rendered in finest detail, the dragonfly is presented from its right side. Its delicately veined transparent wings are fully extended as the green darner flies sprightly across a vegetation-lined pond. This presentation of the darner shows the viewer the large dragonfly’s vast wingspan, beautiful emerald-green thorax, large green eyes, and characteristic head-top bulls-eye marking as well as its long blue “darning needle” abdomen. Its preferred summer breeding habitat is uniquely depicted in the hologram background; by capturing colour from light, this holographic image offers added dimensionality and movement to the reverse image. Tall vegetation lines the water’s edge in the top portion of the background while below, nearby trees are reflected on the pond’s mirror-like surface. In the centre, lily pads float on the shimmering water’s surface – a welcome respite for the dragonfly on a warm summer day.