SALE - 2010 $10 STERLING SILVER - BLUE WHALE COIN AND STAMP SET (LAST IN SERIES)
2010 $10 Sterling Silver - Blue Whale Coin and Stamp Set (Last in Series)
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera muscles) is the largest animal to ever have graced our planet: some have grown to over 30 metres in length and weighed more than 200,000 kilograms. This immense creature feeds almost exclusively on tiny crustaceans called krill: one Whale can consume 3,500 kilograms of them per day. Their survival depends on their ability to identify and locate large clusters of the tiny shrimp-like creatures, and demands that they travel long distances to unpredictable locations, a skill that makes them very difficult for scientists to track. Scientists still do not fully grasp how the Whales find krill, nor do they understand many of the Whale’s other behaviours. Ironically, this giant of the seas remains one of the natural world’s most elusive inhabitants.
Ottawa’s Museum of Nature has Canada’s first and only full Blue Whale skeleton on display. The specimen is the remains of a 19.8 metre-long female that washed up on the shores of Newfoundland in 1975.
Item Number: 111991
Face Value: 10 dollars
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 27.78
Diameter (mm): 40
- Beautiful maple wood box containing two $10 Blue Whale stamps (Canada Post’s largest stamps ever), a $10 sterling silver coin, and a booklet filled with facts on the Blue Whale.
- The last coin-and-stamp set in the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post’s Canadian Wildlife Series.
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a wooden box and protected by a sleeve.