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Fine Silver Coin - Butterflies of Canada: Red-Spotted Purple - Mintage: 10,000 (2014)

Mintage 10,000
Canada and US only
$99.95 CAD

Second coin in highly popular series. Order yours today!

This beautifully engraved and painted 99.99% pure silver coin features the red-spotted purple, whose Canadian habitat is largely restricted to southern Ontario. This lovely butterfly's colouring and spot patterns represent an important protective adaptation: the red-spotted purple has evolved to mimic a poisonous butterfly, the Pipevine Swallowtail.

Limenitis arthemis astyanax looks much like its close relative, the well-known White Admiral butterfly. Its upper wings are bright bluish-purple and outlined with several rows of blue-white dashes. The upper hind wing is marked with lovely iridescent blue-green squares.Where their ranges overlap, the red-spotted purple also bears the familiar white bands of the White Admiral. The red-spotted purple is most commonly found on the outskirts of wooded areas, on gravel roads sunning its wings, in open meadows, and in woodland clearings.

Did you know…
•   The red-spotted purple prefers to lay its eggs on plum and oak leaves.
•   The adults fly throughout the summer, from June to mid-September, and are diurnal, restricting their active period to daylight hours.
A thoughtful and valuable gift for nature lovers and art aficionados. Order yours today!

Special features:
•   Arrives packaged in a beautiful hologram beauty box!
•   This painted and engraved 99.99% pure silver coin highlights the intense coloration of the red-spotted purple butterfly.
•   Celebrate the life and habits of a beloved Canadian insect species, beautifully engraved and coloured, with a slight shimmer effect to further enhance its beauty.
•   A lovely addition to any collection featuring fine artwork, natural images, native species of Canada, butterflies and other insect species, or Canadiana.
•   Your coin is GST/HST exempt with a limited worldwide mintage.

This coin features a profile portrait of a red-spotted purple drinking nectar from the heart of a black-eyed Susan flower. The butterfly, engraved and coloured in full glorious colour, is viewed from its right side. The viewer is presented with a lovely view of the red-spotted purple's under-wing. Here we see the characteristic dark purple-black colouring, with some of the blue iridescence that characterizes most of the upper side of the delicate wing. The light blue-white markings around the wing contrast prettily with the bright red spots that give this butterfly its name. The butterfly stands on top of an engraved black-eyed Susan flower, drinking nectar from the flower's center.

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with customer hologram beauty box.

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