1/10 oz. Pure Gold Coin - Prehistoric Animals: American Scimitar Sabre-Tooth Cat - Mintage: 3,000 (2015)

1/10 oz. Pure Gold Coin - Prehistoric Animals: American Scimitar Sabre-Tooth Cat - Mintage: 3,000 (2015)

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1/10 oz. Pure Gold Coin - Prehistoric Animals: American Scimitar Sabre-Tooth Cat - Mintage: 3,000 (2015)

$279.95 CAD
Mintage: 3,000
Canada and US only

Previous coin in series sold out, order yours today!

The scimitar cat (Homotherium serum) is arguably one of the most awe-inspiring animals of the
Ice Age. Famous for its knife-like fangs, the scimitar cat's teeth were shorter than those of the better known sabre-tooth cat, Smilodon fatalis, but were equally lethal: its sabres were coarsely serrated, just like a steak knife, making them perfectly suited for slicing through the soft flesh of its prey.

This fierce feline was a master at pursuing prey, which consisted of ungulates including horses and camels. The scimitar cat would charge from behind a bush or tall grasses with blinding swiftness, bowl over its intended prey and slash the throat with its lethal canines. Then, once the uproar subsided, the cat dragged its latest meal to its den.

It was roughly the size of a lion, but with a lighter body that gave it more running flexibility than its
Ice Age cousins, other sabre-tooth cats and the American lion. It had a short tail like a lynx, and long, powerful forelimbs but slightly shorter hind legs that gave it a hyena-like stance.

This fascinating cat ranged from Beringia, a prehistoric grassland region from Siberia to Alaska too dry for glaciers, all the way to southern North America by way of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta. Having gone extinct sometime between 13,000 and 11,000 years ago, the scimitar cat's demise was likely linked to that of the large Ice Age herbivores.

The first coin in this series—the Wooly Mammoth—sold out. Order your Scimitar Sabre-Tooth Cat before it's too late!

Special features:
•    To ensure a high degree of scientific accuracy, the design was verified by palaeontologists of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta.
•    Unmatched detail achieved through the technically demanding application of multiple finishes: highlights shine and shadows deepen while the depth and texture of the scimitar's facial features are enhanced.
•    Beautifully crafted in 99.99% pure gold with a limited mintage of only 3,000 coins
worldwide—highly collectible!
•    Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

About the Design:
Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi has crafted a heart-stopping portrait of a roaring scimitar cat, with its mouth open wide as it bares its lethal teeth and scimitars. The details are exquisite: luxurious fur, piercing eyes, razor-sharp teeth and a roughly textured tongue are all beautifully rendered with finely detailed engraving.

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

Order your coin today!



  • No.144427
  • Mintage3,000
  • Composition99.99% pure gold
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 3.14
  • Diameter (mm) 16
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value5 dollars
  • ArtistJulius Csotonyi (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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