DRAGONFLY Nature Ornaments Niobium 1 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2017

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This beautiful Silver coin is the first issue in the new series “Nature’s Ornaments” that celebrates the nature’s spectrum of colors and features a uniquely shaped niobium embellishment, which offers an artistic representation of an iridescent dragonfly. The coin has a Proof quality and will be shipped in a standard case, with Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 6.000 pcs worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year 2017
Face Value 20 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.39
Diameter (mm) 38
Quality Proof
Mintage (pcs) 6.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Dragonfly
The ancestors of the Dragon Fly lived on the Earth approximately 250 million years ago and with a wingspan of over 70 cm were huge. About 5‘700 species are known today. The Dragon Fly (lat. Odonata) has unique flying characteristics. Due to its two pairs of wings, which are able to manoeuvre independently, the Dragon Fly is capable of changing its direction very fast and can stall remain stationary in the air like a helicopter. It can reach a speed of up to 50 km/h. The Dragon Flies’s head is somewhat out of line with the body and is therefore very agile. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest.
Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. Many Odanata species only live for a few weeks. From the view point of humans, the Dragon Fly is very useful because it eats masses of mosquitoes and other vermin. It doesn’t even spare its fellow species. Unfortunately, due to climate warming and the threat of their living environment, many Dragon Fly species are jeopardised and critically endangered.

 
Design

Handcrafted by jewellery artist Karen Hunter of Caledon, Ontario, a dragonfly-shaped niobium embellishment catches the eye with its blue and violet hues, which artfully mimic the dragonfly’s iridescent appearance in the sunlight. The reverse design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra captures the beauty of a tranquil aquatic setting on a bright summer day. The dragonfly’s graceful landing has set off gentle ripples in the mirror-like surface of the water, whose shine provides a beautiful backdrop for the frosted lily pad. This floating leaf is dotted with droplets of water that seem to glisten in the light, further adding to the life-like look and feel of the dragonfly’s serene natural environment.

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