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ILLUMINATED UNDERWATER REEF Backlit Silver Coin 30$ Canada 2016


This unique new coin celebrates the otherworldly life that thrives in mysterious deep water regions of western Canada, showcasing their bioluminescent beauty on a 99.99% pure silver coin that features specialized backlit technology. The underwater image is backlit when ultraviolet light hits its multiple layers of glow-in-the-dark overprint. Limited mintage to 4.000 pieces in the world.

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Coral Reef
The ocean covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface and in all that water there are tons of species. Did you know that up to 38,000 different types of microorganisms can be found in a single liter of ocean water! Tropical coral reefs are one of the most diverse habitats, with tons of different species calling it home. Reefs can also be found further north; off of Canada’s coast there are the Atlantic deep-water coral habitat and the Pacific rocky reef habitat. Last month we looked at some amazing deep-water coral off the coast of Atlantic Canada. Now we’re heading west to explore the Pacific reefs. In the waters off of British Columbia’s coast you’ll find one of the most diverse habitats in the entire country. These rocky reefs have 1,185 known species, including fish, like quillback and yelloweye rockfish, as well as marine animals like cloud sponges, glass sponges and tubeworms. Over 80 species of cold-water corals have been identified or are believed to exist in these coastal B.C. waters. These reefs cover areas that have a wide range of depth, some as shallow as 3-35m. As their name suggests, these reefs have rocky ridges, cliffs and boulders. Scientists have been surveying the rocky reefs for the past 44 years to learn about the animals that live here and what threats they face. Scientists working with the Vancouver Aquarium are helping to protect the rocky reefs and species like the rockfish from such threats as overfishing and ocean acidification.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value30 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)54
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)4.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse design by Canadian illustrator Jesse Koreck features an underwater scene that includes a number of the marine species found in the waters of Canada’s West Coast. The image presents the underwater scene as viewed from a deep water reef, looking up toward the turquoise waters of the surface. The brightly coloured marine life includes a large Atolla jellyfish, several yelloweye rockfish, and a highfin dragonfish swimming among and above soft and hard corals and other vertebrate and invertebrate organisms along the upward-curving sea floor. The beautiful scene takes on an entirely new life, however, when illuminated under a black light. As the rocky background fades to darkness, the bioluminescence of many of the species is revealed, glowing in blues, greens, pinks, and oranges. The coin ships with an ultraviolet flashlight. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt and is engraved with the word “CANADA”, the date “2016”, and the face value of “30 DOLLARS”.