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LION ON THE MOUNTAIN Bank Notes Series Silver Coin 5$ Canada 2014


This coin is an exquisite portrait of one of Canada’s most intriguing wilderness residents: the Caribou. It features colour over engraving in warm, natural tones. The valley and mountains in the background are depicted in natural, shining fine silver.

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Woodland Caribou
The woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) is the only member of the deer family in which females also grow antlers. Biologists believe it may be due to the intense competition caribou face digging for lichen and other plants. Antlers are grown and shed annually, but pregnant females will lose their antlers later than males, possibly to gain an added reservoir of calcium for their gestating calves.
Caribou live in Canada’s most isolated regions beyond the 49th parallel. They are categorized into three ecotypes based on specific behaviours and adaptations they have developed by living in different habitats. The tundra ecotype reigns as the farthest-travelling land migrant on earth, spending winter in the boreal forest and moving to the tundra north of the 55th parallel in summer to calve—an astounding roundtrip of 6,000 km per year that perfectly illustrates the vastness that is Canada.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2014
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)23.17
  • Diameter (mm)36.07
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse of this 99.99% fine silver coin features a re-creation of the stunning portrait of a lion taken from an early twentieth century vignette created by the British American Banknote Company. The King of the Jungle is brought to life in painstaking detail as Royal Canadian Mint engravers capture the characteristic line engraving of early banknote design. Augmenting the masterful work of the original engraving, here the distinctive curve of each muscle and strand of fur, the striking shading of the lion and his dramatic mountainous surroundings, and the minute detail of the scrollwork and lettering are taken from original banknote designs and rendered in pure silver.