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2016 $20 FINE SILVER COIN - LITTLE CREATURES - SNAIL - VENETIAN GLASS

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Description

Some of the natural world’s most incredible wonders are also its tiniest! Creepy-crawly or cute, many little creatures can be found in our own backyards and gardens—or on this superb fine silver coin, which pairs a Murano glass element with paint and engraving for a stunning glimpse at the secret world of a snail.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
Item Number: 150905
UPC: 6-23932-07314-2
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Mintage: 12,500
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Maurice Gervais
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Discover some of nature’s little creatures with this first release in a three-coin series on Canada’s little creatures!
  • A gorgeous combination of colour and engraving, paired with a handcrafted Venetian glass embellishment that captures the wonder of a small snail.
  • Handcrafted and hand-blown by master glassmaker Giuliano Donaggio in Murano, Italy.
  • Murano glass is internationally renowned for its vibrant colours, and no two glass pieces are alike—each coin is truly a one-of-a-kind artistic collectible!
  • Certified to be 99.99% pure silver, this coin is the ninth to feature a Murano glass piece, which is highly sought-after by collectors.


DESIGN
The reverse design by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais captures the delicate beauty of a snail in the Canadian landscape. The use of paint over engraving adds a life-like quality to the branch and leaves of a mountain maple (Acer spicatum). With its saw-toothed edges, the leaf looms large in the background, allowing for a size comparison of the coloured Venetian glass element that beautifully recreates the colours and likeness of a snail with its spiral shell. No two glass pieces are alike—each one is unique and handcrafted by master glassmaker Giuliano Donaggio of Murano, Italy which makes each coin a “little” masterpiece in its own right.

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