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CANADIAN HORSE Half Kilo 1/2 Kilogram Kg Silver Coin 125$ Canada 2015


The year 2015 marks the 350th introduction anniversary of the Canadian Horse. Robust, resilient, good natured, the little iron horse as it became known in its native Quebec has survived near extinction to emerge as one of Canada’s official national symbols. The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates the anniversary of its introduction with a half-kilogram silver 999 coin. Only 1000 pcs worldwide.

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Canadian Horse
The Canadian horse is a horse breed from Canada. It is a strong, well-muscled breed of light horse, usually dark in color. The horses are generally used for riding and driving. Descended from draft and light riding horses imported to Canada in the late 1600s, it was later crossed with other British and American breeds. During the 18th century the Canadian horse spread throughout the northeastern US, where it contributed to the development of several horse breeds. During the peak popularity of the breed, three subtypes could be distinguished, a draft horse type, a trotting type and a pacing type. Thousands of horses were exported in the 19th century, many of whom were subsequently killed while acting as cavalry horses in the American Civil War. These exports decreased the purebred Canadian population almost to the point of extinction, prompting the formation of a studbook and the passage of a law against further export.
Experimental breeding programs in the early 20th century succeeded in re-establishing the breed to some extent, but mechanization, combined with two world wars, again resulted in the breed almost becoming extinct. In the 1980s, concerned with the declining population numbers, interested breeders undertook a promotional program, which resulted in renewed interest in the breed. By the 1990s, population numbers were higher, and genetic studies in 1998 and 2012 found relatively high levels of genetic diversity for a small breed. However, livestock conservation organizations still consider the breed to be at risk, due to low population numbers.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value125 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)500
  • Diameter (mm)85
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse design by Canadian artist Michelle Grant features a portrait of three Canadian Horses bounding through a cascade of maple leaves. In the centre of the image, a stallion leaps toward the viewer across a grassy field. A cascade of maple leaves spin clockwise, like the hands of time, around him. Two other Canadian Horses race toward him in the left background. The leaves are engraved in multiple textures to underscore the diverse history of the Little Iron Horse that is so intertwined with the development of Canada. The coin's obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the face value. This beautiful coin is packaged in a sleek black beauty box within a fine wooden case.