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BIGHORN SHEEP Rocky Mountains Silver Proof Coin 1 oz 20$ Canada 2015


This 1 oz Silver coin is dedicated to the bighorn sheep. With its striking appearance and remarkable agility along the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the bighorn sheep is a rugged Canadian icon and an enduring symbol of power and strength. This coloured fine silver coin celebrates a unique species that is native to the alpine landscape of western Canada.

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The Bighorn Sheep
The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep in North America named for its large horns. These horns can weigh up to 30 lb (14 kg), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 lb (140 kg). Recent genetic testing indicates three distinct subspecies of Ovis canadensis, one of which is endangered: O. c. sierrae. Sheep originally crossed to North America over the Bering land bridge from Siberia: the population in North America peaked in the millions, and the bighorn sheep entered into the mythology of Native Americans. By 1900, the population had crashed to several thousand, due to diseases introduced through European livestock and overhunting. Conservation efforts (in part by the Boy Scouts) have restored the population.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse image by Canadian artist Maurade Baynton features a full-body coloured portrait of a bighorn sheep that captures its beauty and size in a natural setting. With its head turned to the left, the muscular bighorn commands attention with its presence as it stands sure-footed atop a rocky ledge, its balance aided by its unique split-hooves. Detailed engraving brings to life the ringed curved horns, while the use of colour recreates the bighorn’s sandy fur. The brilliant hues of the autumn leaves and the green-coloured landscape add vibrancy and dimension to the engraved background, which is dominated by the Rocky Mountains that tower over the river below.

The coin's obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the issue country.