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SALMON Landscape Illusion Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2016


This is the third Silver coin in a new exciting series “Landscape Illusion” and brings the fascinating art of illusion in this five-coin series. Each coin features an image of a Canadian landscape, but combines natural elements in the scene to create an optical illusion of wildlife - like the salmon on this coin. Limited mintage to 5.500 pcs worldwide.

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Salmon is the common name for fish in the order Salmoniformes. They live in the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and are anadromous, which means most types of salmon are born in fresh water, migrate to the sea, and return to freshwater to reproduce, or "spawn." Salmon appearance varies greatly from species to species. Species like chum salmon are silvery-blue in color while some have black spots on their sides, like the Atlantic salmon. Still others, like the cherry salmon, have bright red stripes. Most of these species maintain one color when living in fresh water, then change color when they are in salt water.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse design by Canadian artist Julius T. Csotonyi features a towering waterfall beautifully crafted in colour. Water cascades down the rocky cliff, but on closer examination, a salmon emerges from the scene. It is leaping upwards to get beyond the falls in order to continue its incredible migration against the current to spawn. The salmon’s body, mouth and eye are visible in the rushing cascades while the driftwood and stone below form the shape of its tail. Above, the salmon’s left pectoral fin is found in an unwavering bush that is growing in the middle of the falls.