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5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Polar Bear Soapstone Sculpture - Mintage: 1,300 (2018)

5 oz. Pure Silver Coin - Polar Bear Soapstone Sculpture - Mintage: 1,300 (2018)

$549.95 CAD $416.48 USD

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Mintage: 1,300
STATUS:
Awaiting Stock Available from official dealers
Canada and US only

UNIQUE! Each polar bear hand-carved from soapstone! Order today!

In a landscape carved by ice and wind, the polar bear remains the unchallenged titan of the North. To those who have long inhabited the region, nanuq represents more than survival—it is a powerful cultural figure steeped in tradition. Legends and art speak of the polar bear's might and wisdom as a link between spiritual and natural worlds, while its unmistakable profile lends itself beautifully to sculptured works of art that capture the true essence of life on and around the Arctic ice.

A gorgeous coin you will admire again and again! Order today!

Special features:
  • TRADITIONAL SOAPSTONE SCULPTURE! Introducing an unforgettable coin that pairs a traditional soapstone sculpture with contemporary coin-making techniques!
  • HAND-CARVED BY CANADIAN ARTIST DAVE ZACHARY! Rising up on the coin, each polar bear sculpture is carefully hand-carved from Canadian soapstone by Canadian artist Dave Zachary and his team of sculptors, making each coin unique as each polar bear is not quite identical.
  • TRANSLUCENT COLOUR ENAMEL! Engraving recreates the rough edges of the ice on your coin, while translucent colour enamel adds a deep blue hue to the Arctic waters.
  • WIDE COIN DIAMETER! With a 65.25 mm diameter, the coin's surface provides a large base for the soapstone sculpture, while proof-quality 99.99% pure silver mimics the light-reflective nature of the Arctic landscape!
  • SAFELY PROTECTED! A dome-like capsule keeps your coin safely protected from the elements.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • 5 OZ. 99.99% PURE SILVER COIN! Your coin is GST/HST exempt!
  • LIMITED MINTAGE: Only 1,300 coins will be made worldwide!

Design:

The natural beauty of Northern Canada shines bright on your coin, thanks to a harmonious mix of finishing techniques and a polar bear soapstone sculpture that makes each coin unique. As it does for Arctic marine life, ice floe provides the foundation for this design: engraving provides a life-like textural effect, while a special frosting gives the snow-covered ice a more matte-like appearance. The surrounding water is a sparkling shade of blue, thanks to the application of translucent enamel over the proof finish. But the focal point is undeniably the sculptured piece that rises up from the ice floe: each polar bear sculpture has been hand-carved from Canadian soapstone by Canadian artist Dave Zachary and his team of sculptors. With its gaze fixed on what lies ahead, the polar bear cuts a formidable figure in this Arctic landscape, where it is regarded as an icon of strength and endurance.

Did you know…
  • The polar bear is uniquely adapted for life at the top of the world, with thick white fur that provides both protection and camouflage. More than half of the world's polar bear population can be found in areas along Canada's northern coastline—from James Bay up to the Arctic Archipelago, and from the Yukon's coastline to that of Newfoundland and Labrador. This immense bear spends most of its life on the sea ice that is vital to the Arctic marine environment; but as its scientific name implies, Ursus maritimus is a natural swimmer, and won't shy away from plunging into the water to get from one icy platform to another.
  • Soapstone is a softer grade of rock that can have a greasy, soap-like feel to the touch—hence its name.
  • A metamorphic rock, it is largely composed of talc mixed with other minerals that cause variations in hues and markings, including pyrite crystals that can add flecks of gold!
  • The first Canadian production of soapstone was in 1871, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Today, it is found in many provinces, and in some localities throughout the North.

Packaging:

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded wooden circular base with a black beauty box.

Order your coin today!

Reviews

Unique

5

Unique

Surfer

Ontario

Yes

Awesome product

5

Great looking product.

Bear

Medina, oh

Yes

Distinctive

5

Beautiful, Unique a treasure!

Donnjuan

BC

Yes

best coin presenation in my collection

5

This coin & presentation has to be the nicest one I have. All who see it love it.

Blaine

Edmonton

Yes

2018 Polar Bear Coin: - a review

4

Although this is not the first time the RCM has placed a sculpture on a coin, a hand-carved natural soapstone bear on a high-relief coin with a little bit of 'blue' representing the sea, - is unique nevertheless. Nicely designed wooden base adds to the overall quality of the carving & the coin. Only a slight miss in providing a plastic 'capsule' to protect the coin; - would have been icing-on-the-cake if made of glass (or even the option to order a glass capsule at time of purchase for a few $$ more...).

Reg

Edmonton, Alberta

Yes

Not overly impressed

1

Carving lacked detail - poor quality

Chiclet

Alberta

No

Love this coin would buy it again

5

I love the detail and the attractive case it is displayed in. It is one of a kind very unique

Shellfish

Medicine hat

Good collection

5

This is what my wife gave me for birthday

Nurkle

Grabs Falls Windsor NL

Yes

I had to have it!

5

This is one I had to have & I'm very pleased with my Purchase. Really a unique and individual work of art, on Pure Silver.

Pierre

Maple Grove

Yes

disappointed

1

I am very disappointed. I have been a loyal customer of Mint.ca for a long time. Never would have imagined that Royal Canadian Mint would introduce this product to the public. It's disappointing say the least. From now on, I strongly recommend that Royal Canadian Mint should focus on these areas: 1. price (reasonable price) 2. quality 3. unique design 4. packaging I am telling the truth because I really care about Royal Canadian Mint. Sincerely hope Royal Canadian Mint will succeed in the near future.

zenmaster

alberta

No

160478en

4.4 24

85.7

How is this coin sealed and protected from exposure?

Janett

Hello Janett and thank you for submitting your question. The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded wooden circular base with a black beauty box.

Chantal (Customer Service)

Is this coin sold out? There is no add to cart box on this coin.

Dary O

Hi Dary, Yes, this coin is basically sold out, but it's official status as of Oct 3 2017 is "Awaiting Stock" meaning we're just waiting a few days to see if any coin dealers or customers return any or cancel orders. But since this coin sold so quickly we're not anticipating many returns if any. You may consider contacting any of our authorized coin dealers to see if they have any. Here's the link to our dealer locator page; http://www.mint.ca/store/mint/customer-service/numismatic-dealer-locator-1400026

Chad

Is this coin part of a set or is it all by itself?

Darcy O

Hi Darcy, At this time this is the only coin of its kind we've released (5 oz silver coin with soapstone carving). We have not announced if we will be making other similar coins in the future. We encourage you to check back in the coming months for new product announcements.

Chad

Specifications

  • No.160478
  • Mintage1,300
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 157.6
  • Diameter (mm) 65.25
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value50 dollars
  • ArtistDave Zachary (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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