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MOUNTAIN GOAT Baby Animals Proof Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2015


Fifth in the Royal Canadian Mint’s continuing Baby animal’s series of coins that lovingly depict baby animals in a natural setting. The coin in this series showcases a young mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) and its mother in the mountainous terrain of western Canada.Limited worldwide mintage of only 7.500 pieces.

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Mountain Goat
Mountain goats are not true goats, but they are close relatives. They are more properly known as goat-antelopes. These surefooted beasts inhabit many of North America's most spectacular alpine environments. They often appear at precipitous heights, from Alaska to the U.S. Rocky Mountains, showcasing climbing abilities that leave other animals, including most humans, far below. Mountain goats have cloven hooves with two toes that spread wide to improve balance. Rough pads on the bottom of each toe provide the grip of a natural climbing shoe. Mountain goats are powerful but nimble and can jump nearly 12 feet (3.5 meters) in a single bound.

Mountain goats have distinctive beards and long, warm coats to protect them from cold temperatures and biting mountain winds. Their dazzling white coats provide good camouflage on the snowy heights. During the more moderate summer season goats shed this coat.

In the spring, a nanny goat gives birth to one kid (sometimes two), which must be on its feet within minutes of arrival into its sparse mountain world. Mountain goats eat plants, grasses, mosses, and other alpine vegetation.

  • 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 mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) with its mother in the wild, mountainous terrain of western Canada. This side profile of a young goat, offers the viewer a close view of the animal’s muscular forequarters and cloven hooves, which allow it to move with stunning ease at seemingly impossible heights. Enhanced by selective colouring, the kid’s black mouth, nose and eyes stand in contrast to the white wool coat that softens its already-innocent expression. Standing protectively next to the kid is the mother goat–whose slender horns, pronounced shoulder hump and long wool coat are beautifully rendered with finely detailed engraving. In the background, the distant rocky peaks add a sense of depth to the image and help convey just how high this mother and child are, as they stand together on a rocky slope near an evergreen and are surrounded by brightly coloured wildflowers.