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SCIMITAR SABRE TOOTH CAT Prehistoric Animals Silver Proof Coin 20$ Canada 2015


This beautifully Silver 999 coin is the second issue in the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular Prehistoric Animals series, and offers a privileged glimpse of Canada’s prehistoric era by showcasing a powerful predator in stunning detail. Limited worldwide mintage of only 7.500 pieces.

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The Scimitar sabre-tooth cat
This fierce feline was a master at pursuing prey, which consisted of ungulates including horses and camels. The scimitar cat would charge from behind a bush or tall grasses with blinding swiftness, bowl over its intended prey and slash the throat with its lethal canines. Then, once the uproar subsided, the cat dragged its latest meal to its den. It was roughly the size of a lion, but with a lighter body that gave it more running flexibility than itsIce Age cousins, other sabre-tooth cats and the American lion. It had a short tail like a lynx, and long, powerful forelimbs but slightly shorter hind legs that gave it a hyena-like stance. This fascinating cat ranged from Beringia, a prehistoric grassland region from Siberia to Alaska too dry for glaciers, all the way to southern North America by way of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta. Having gone extinct sometime between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago, the scimitar cat's demise was likely linked to that of the large Ice Age herbivores.

  • 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

Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi has crafted a heart-stopping image of a scimitar cat as it explodes from its hiding place to ambush its prey, its mouth agape as it readies its fangs for their lethal strike. The background shows the rolling hills and grasses that would likely have typified the prehistoric grassland where this awesome predator lived.