Few other species invoke the spirit of our wilderness and embody our history like Castor canadensis, whose stone-sculpted likeness welcomes all who stand at the base of the Peace Tower. The Centre Block’s shield-supporting beaver is the second of four Keepers of Parliament featured on a 10 oz. coin, whose selectively plated design is as ornate and intricate as the carvings on Parliament Hill.
Item Number: 169274
Composition: 99.99 % fine silver
Weight (g): 311.53
Diameter (mm): 76.25
Face Value: $100
Artist: Patrick Bélanger
Packaging: Standard maroon clamshell with black beauty box
- THE BEAVER SENTINEL: This is the SECOND in a series of four magnificently sculpted coins, which highlights some of the elaborate stonework figures that watch over the front doors of Parliament.
- 10 OZ. 99.99% FINE SILVER: A 10 oz. coin is perfectly sized to showcase an elaborate work of sculptured art! Each “guardian” is painstakingly brought to life on the reverse, where crisp lines and very finely engraved details stand out against a brilliant proof finish.
- SELECTIVE GOLD PLATING adds an elegant touch to this depiction of a stately animal emblem.
- EXPERT CRAFTSMANSHIP is evident in the details that make this a numismatic masterpiece, and an extraordinary tribute to the original stone-carved art.
The reverse image by artist Patrick Bélanger offers a rare close-up of the beaver sculpture that stands atop the ceremonial entrance on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Ont. The deliberate positioning of the beaver helps convey the height (1 metre) of the actual stone sentinel, while a frontal view emphasizes the facial features and textural details. The industrious animal emblem of Canada grips an unusual shield bearing the floral emblems of five European cultures that figure prominently in Canadian history: the English Tudor rose, the Scottish thistle, the Irish shamrock, the French fleur-de-lis and the Welsh leek. Gold plating selectively highlights the heraldic-themed element and a scattering of maple leaves. To the right of the sculpture is an ornamental flourish, whose floral motif is based on a frieze that also adorns the Centre Block’s grand entrance. The reverse includes the face value, “100 DOLLARS”, and the words “CANADA 2018”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.