One of Nature's Most Ephemeral Moments, Captured Forever
With its front legs bent forever in seeming supplication, this carnivorous insect's predatory ferocity is easy to underestimate. Engraved from photographer Robert Ganz's award-winning Canadian Geographic wildlife photograph, the delicate strength of one of the insect world's great apex predators - The Praying Mantis - is yours to enjoy any time.
'I was trying to catch this praying mantis when it leaped from my hand and landed on a tall piece of grass by the side of the road,' explains the photographer who captured the ephemeral moment depicted on this coin.
This 99.99% fine silver coin has a diameter of 34 millimetres and a metal weight of 15.87 grams. It features the image from the 2011 Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photograph of the Year, taken by Robert Ganz of Montreal, Quebec: a stunning moment of balance as a mantis, having leapt from the photographer's hand, delicately bends a grass flower earthward. Against a shining polished field, a long, downward-curving grass flower crosses the diameter of the reverse image. A slender praying mantis, its full body, head, and wings presented in profile, hangs delicately from the grassflower. The coin is embossed with the word 'CANADA,' the year '2012' and the face value of '10 DOLLARS'. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Item Number: 118885
Face Value: 10 dollars
Composition: 99.99% fine silver
Weight (g): 15.87
Diameter (mm): 34
-This beautiful 99.99%, fine silver coin features an image from the 2011 Canadian
Geographic Wildlife Photograph of the Year, taken by Robert Ganz of Montreal,
-An excellent addition to your numismatic collection and a lovely gift for wildlife
lovers, and photography buffs.
-Mintage of this $10 coin is limited to 7,500 coins worldwide.
-As the Grand Prize Winner of the Fourth Annual Canadian Wildlife Photography of
the Year Contest, Robert Ganz's photo of the Praying Mantis was selected by a panel
of judges from Canadian Geographic, the Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian
Museum of Nature to be featured on this coin.
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded black clamshell case lined with black flock and a custom sleeve.