Canada’s largest wild feline is a rare sight in the forests of Western Canada — but only because of its secretive nature. The third coin in our Canadian Mosaics series offers a chance encounter with a tan-coloured cougar on its reverse, where, even in mosaic form, the big cat is the image of agility and strength in the wild.
Item Number: 166642
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Artist: Jori Van Der Linde
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box
- CLASSIC CANADIANA, RE-IMAGENED: THIRD coin in a limited series that puts a new spin on traditional wildlife portraits: Canadian icons re-interpreted as mosaic art.
- NEW COLOUR INNOVATION: MOSAIC COLOUR technology mixes engraving and different paint effects to create a colourful mosaic artwork that fits in the palm of your hand.
- PIECED TOGETHER LIKE TILEWORK: Over 130 individually engraved segments form the image of a cougar in a forest setting, complete with etched “grout” lines that give each “tile” a more raised appearance than a traditionally coloured and engraved coin.
- A RICH VARIETY OF COLOURS: Different paint effects combine to give each segment a varying degree of colourful translucence—from dark, matte colours to glossy hues that partially reveal the shining surface beneath this colour application.
The reverse image by Jori van der Linde features Colour Mosaic technology, a combination of engraving and paint techniques that transform a traditional wildlife portrait into mosaic art. More than 130 individually engraved, differently shaped “tiles” combine for a close view of a cougar (Puma concolor) in a forest clearing, while engraved “grout” lines help capture the look of raised tiles. Different paint effects alter the intensity of each coloured segment, save for the polished surface of the coin that adds a shine to the trunks and branches of the tall trees. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.