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WHITE TAILED DEER Baby Animals Proof Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2015


The sixth Pure Silver coin in this Young Wildlife series showcases a young white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) alongside its mother in one of Canada’s many forested areas. The coin is enhanced with colour to showcase the baby white-tailed deer. Limited worldwide mintage of only 7.500 pieces.

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White-Tailed Deer
White-tailed deer, the smallest members of the North American deer family, are found from southern Canada to South America. In the heat of summer they typically inhabit fields and meadows using clumps of broad-leaved and coniferous forests for shade. During the winter they generally keep to forests, preferring coniferous stands that provide shelter from the harsh elements.

White-tailed deer are herbivores, leisurely grazing on most available plant foods. Their stomachs allow them to digest a varied diet, including leaves, twigs, fruits and nuts, grass, corn, alfalfa, and even lichens and other fungi. Occasionally venturing out in the daylight hours, white-tailed deer are primarily nocturnal or crepuscular, browsing mainly at dawn and dusk.

In the wild, white-tails, particularly the young, are preyed upon by bobcats, mountain lions, and coyotes. They use speed and agility to outrun predators, sprinting up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour and leaping as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and as far as 30 feet (9 meters) in a single bound.

Although previously depleted by unrestricted hunting in the United States, strict game-management measures have helped restore the white-tailed deer population.

  • 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 Glen Loates depicts a young white-tailed deer (fawn) with its mother (doe) in one of Canada’s many forested areas. A three-quarter profile and the use of selective colouring beautifully showcase the fawn’s reddish-brown coat, which is marked from its neck down to its tail by hundreds of bright white spots scattered along each side. Its black, pointed nose and eyes give the fawn a tender expression as it moves with increasing steadiness through the forest on long, hooved legs. Finely detailed engraving captures the doe’s features as she stands protectively at the fawn’s side, ever attentive to any signs of danger from a predator that may be lurking nearby. Meanwhile, summer’s bright sunlight filters through the vibrant, green-coloured canopy of maple leaves and casts shadows along the forest floor, where a fallen tree and vegetation add more dimension to the image’s engraved setting.