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PRONGHORN Landscape Illusion Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2017


This is the fourth 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 pronghorn on this coin. Limited mintage to 5.500 pcs worldwide.

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Fleet-footed pronghorns are among the speediest animals in North America. They can run at more than 53 miles (86 kilometers) an hour, leaving pursuing coyotes and bobcats in the dust. Pronghorns are also great distance runners that can travel for miles at half that speed. Pronghorns are about three feet (one meter) tall at the shoulders. They are reddish brown, but feature white stomachs and wide, white stripes on their throats. When startled they raise the hair on their rumps to display a white warning patch that can be seen for miles.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2017
  • 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 wheat field beautifully crafted in colour. The viewpoint is from deep within the grass, looking towards a red barn in the distance. Stalks of wheat tower overhead, but on closer examination, a pronghorn emerges from the scene, shaped by the heads of wheat, the leaves and stems, and the manner in which these elements overlap. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.