9999 Fine (RCM 203516). Yours to own: A sea otter portrait that strikes a balance between gold and black rhodium plating. The third Black and Gold coin! One of the things nature does best is balance, and the sea otter is the perfect example: this adorable creature works hard, but it also makes time to float arm-in-arm (or paw-in-paw) with a loved one. Once hunted to the point of extinction, the sea otter has been reintroduced to British Columbia’s coastal waters, where its appetite keeps sea urchin populations in check-this, in turn, helps to restore and protect the kelp forests that are a critical habitat for hundreds of species. It’s all about balance. Which is beautifully represented on this coin’s dual-plated reverse. Own this gold and black rhodium-plated portrait of the lovable sea otter. Back by popular demand. This is coin #3 in the popular. Design of 99.99% pure silver coins that offer new perspectives on Canadian wildlife. Beneath the gold and black rhodium plating, your coin has a 99.99% pure silver core. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box. This coin’s reverse design is inspired by the yin yang symbol. No matter which way you view the design, you’ll always get a full glimpse of an adorable sea otter floating on its back. Black and gold rhodium. Yellow gold and black rhodium plating divide this coin’s design into two opposing but complementary elements. It is an inspiring representation of an industrious yet playful Canadian species, one that was hunted to extinction but is now mounting a comeback after its reintroduction to the coast of British Columbia. Coins, the black rhodium-plated portion of the reverse design features a matte gunmetal finish that strikes a dramatic contrast next to the yellow gold. It’s our way of playing with light and shadows to bring out details that are otherwise unseen in the other half of the design (and vice versa). 99.99% pure silver, with yellow gold and black rhodium plating. Sea otters love to float on their backs while resting and eating! They’ll hold hands or wrap themselves in kelp to keep from drifting away while sleeping. Without sea otters, herds of sea urchins are known to destroy kelp forests at a rate of 9 metres per month. Kelp forests provide a critical habitat for over 150 different species and ample prey for the sea otter, which needs to eat about 25 percent of its body weight daily. But its recovery on the B. Coast has had some unintended consequences, too: its voracious appetite has negatively impacted Indigenous coastal communities and fishers who have traditionally relied on shellfish harvesting. The circular reverse design by wildlife artist Claude Thivierge features a contrasting “yin and yang” portrait of the sea otter. Two adult sea otters are positioned in a way that represents opposite but complementary concepts, such as work and rest/play. Yellow gold and black rhodium plating clearly divide the design into two halves in order to highlight the importance of achieving balance in life, but also in nature, where the sea otter’s reintroduction to Canada’s Pacific coast has had a big impact on the marine ecosystem. The obverse features the gold-plated effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. For yin yang, this otter is ideal because it can be playful, dynamic and calm at the same time. I wanted the artwork to reflect this energy. I want it to be dynamic with movement and a certain tenderness and beauty in her eyes and her endearing friendly way. It also gives us the impression that the otter is lying down, floating on its back, which is the case because it spends a lot of time in this position resting, eating, sleeping and grooming. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins: Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “gatewestcoins” and is located in this country: CA. This item can be shipped to Canada, United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Certification: RCM
- Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated