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CARIBOU Geometry In Art Dimensional Design Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2016


This is the third coin in the inventive new five coin "Geometry in Art" series, which reinterprets familiar Canadian emblems: the polar bear, the beaver, the caribou, the loon and the maple leaf, in a low poly art style. This edition the coin celebrates the Caribou. The colors contribute to the perception of depth and shadows. Limited mintage to only 7.500 pieces in the world!

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The Caribou
The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as caribou in North America, is a species of deer with circumpolar distribution, native to Arctic, Subarctic, tundra, boreal and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. This includes both sedentary and migratory populations. While overall widespread and numerous, some of its subspecies are rare and at least one has already become extinct. Reindeer vary considerably in colour and size. In most populations, both sexes grow antlers annually, but females lack antlers in a few. Antlers are typically larger on males. Hunting of wild reindeer and herding of semi-domesticated reindeer (for meat, hides, antlers, milk and transportation) are important to several Arctic and Subarctic peoples. In parts of Sapmi, reindeer pull pulks. In Christmas folklore, flying reindeer are said to pull Santa Claus's sleigh.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.83
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse design by Canadian artist Calder Moore features a stylized portrait of two caribou moving across a landscape that conveys the tranquil beauty of Canada’s boreal forest. Presented in a low poly art style, the design brings together multiple polygon shapes to form a male caribou in a powerful pose as he looks up at the first snowfall of the season, followed by a young caribou at the river’s edge in the background. Extraordinary sculpting, cutting-edge technology and advanced finishing techniques help distinguish the individual polygons, while their hard lines and sharp corners add a dramatic texture to the layered branches of the evergreens and the rocky terrain. The careful selection of colour to each shape infuses the scene with vibrancy while altering our perception of light and shadows. By overlapping the water’s surface beyond the image field, the reverse offers a unique underwater glimpse of the caribou’s splayed hooves that provide it with firm footing as it makes its way across this beautiful Canadian landscape.