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BLACK BEAR Colored 1 oz Silver Proof Coin 20$ Canada 2015


Fourth 1 oz Silver 999 coin dedicated to the young Black Bear, species that is found in nearly all of Canada’s provinces and territories. The coin is enhanced with colour to showcase the baby Black Bear. Limited worldwide mintage of only 7.500 pieces.

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Black Bear
The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is a medium-sized bear native to North America. It is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species. Black bears are omnivores with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location. They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. Sometimes they become attracted to human communities because of the immediate availability of food. The American black bear is the world's most common bear species.

It is listed by the IUCN as "least concern", due to the species' widespread distribution and a large global population estimated to be twice that of all other bear species combined. Along with the brown bear, it is one of only two of the eight modern bear species not considered globally threatened with extinction by the IUCN. American black bears often mark trees using their teeth and claws as a form of communication with other bears, a behavior common to many species of bears.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse design by Canadian artist Clinton Jammer features a young black bear cub with its mother in a natural setting. A three-quarter profile of the bear cub provides a view of its features, from the soft facial expression down to the cub’s paws. The cub is seated in front of a salmonberry plant; both engraved elements are enhanced by the use of selective colouring which vividly recreates their colouring in the wild. On the left side of the cub, the sow appears from beyond the image and is rendered in fine detail by expert engraving.