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PYGMY SNAKETAIL Dragonfly Silver Coin 10$ Canada 2015


The third coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting Dragonfly series featuring painted dragonflies set in holograms features the rare pygmy snaketail (Ophiogomphus howei). 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
  • Year2015
  • 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 offers a rare opportunity to view the pygmy snaketail (Ophiogomphus howei), as it would appear in its natural habitat. This painted dragonfly faces the viewer and seemingly peers out from the image with its large eyes; it’s beautiful green colouring extends from its head through its thorax towards its dorsal abdomen, where the green is replaced with yellow markings along the side. The dragonfly’s delicately veined wings are fully extended as it basks in the warming rays of the mid-June sun amidst the green leaves and violet-blue flowers of the pickerelweed. In the background, a shimmering full-colour hologram recreates the pygmy snaketail’s natural habitat, adding movement to the design.