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21 Apr 2019

**Cunning Cougar**

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This is the last coin in the Royal Canadian Mints set "Nocturnal by Nature". He's the "Cunning Cougar", a 2018 $20 Fine Silver Coin. This rhodium-plated silver coin has a diameter of 38mm and weight of 31.39 grams. Artist Tony Bianco designed the cougar out on a tree limb during its nightly hunt with the light of a full moon behind him. The obverse shows Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll designed by Susan Blunt. The other "night" creatures in this 4 coin set are the owl, wolf and brown bat. All with amazing details! I think the Canadian Mint really creates some wonderful coins, especially their animal and nature series. Hope you enjoyed this blog. Comments are always welcomed. Happy Easter to all!

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08 Apr 2019

**Ugly Toning???**

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As alot of you know I love toned coins... Well, I was at my coin dealer awhile ago and saw this wolf coin. I thought great! Toning and a wolf, two of my favorite things, so I bought it. No big deal. I put it away for awhile and recently took it out of the safe to admire and as I looked at it thought wow, this toning is butt ugly. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but Kepi really? What the heck was I thinking? While I can't explain the weird toning on this coin I can tell you it's from the Royal Canadian Mint and it's the first coin in their 1oz. bullion coin Wildlife Series. It's the 2011 Silver Timber Wolf in his natural habitat. The obverse shows the profile of Queen Elizabeth ll. This series ran from 2011 to 2013 and featured 6 coins with a mintage of 1 million coins.I would like to hear anyone's comments of what they think caused such toning. Hope you enjoyed my blog!

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02 Mar 2019

**Una and the Lion**

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This is my newest addition to my collection! This coin celebrates the 200th year anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria born on May 24th 1819 in Kensington Palace in London. She was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20th 1837 until her death on Jan. 22nd 1901. The reverse design was created by 19th-century numismatic sculptor William Wyon and is a rendition of the famous Edmund Spenser's poem "Faerie Queene". It tells the story of Una and the Lion which follows Princess Una after St. George had slayed the dragon and rescued her. The words "DIEU ET MON DROIT" meaning "God on my Right", the motto of the British Monarch along with the year -MMXIX- are featured. The obverse of this coin is a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, who is the great, great granddaughter of Queen Victoria. I think that's pretty cool! I really love this design as I think of my dog ( a giant Golden and Great Dane mix ) and myself, standing together facing all who try to enter our Kingdom... Thanks for reading my blog! All comments are welcomed! ; )

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03 Aug 2018

**Another Wolf For My Pack**

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I would like to share with all of you my latest addition to my collection! First let me thank CoinLady, as she is the one who brought the existence of this coin to my attention. I had written a blog on July 28th titled "Wolves or Wolfs???" and because of her comment to my blog I was able to find this beauty of a coin and yes, a Wolf! It's a 1967 .50 cent piece from Canada in 80% silver. A Circulating Commemorative Coin for the 100th Anniversary of Canada. The obverse has the profile of Elizabeth ll, when she was just 39 years of age. The engraver is Arnold Machin. The reverse depicts a howling wolf with the inscription 50 cents, "Canada" 1867-1967. The engraver being Alex Colville. This beautiful example has a Proof-Like finish and some amazing blue toning. This just goes to show how the members here inspire, help and show interest in each other. Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are always welcome!

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28 Jul 2018

**WOLVES OR WOLFS???**

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* In celebration of a giant, full "Blood Moon" here in the southwestern desert, I'd like to share these 3 coins from the Canadian Mint with you. It's the "Silver Howling Wolves" series. Each coin is 3/4 oz of .9999 pure silver and has a $2.00 face value. The obverse shows Susanna Blunt's design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse depicts wolves in their natural habitat under the glow of the silvery moon howling to their hearts delight. Dated 2015, 2016 and 2017. I really enjoy these trio of coins, as the wolf is one of my favorite predators. Can't wait till they come out with the 2018 design! Thanks for reading my blog. Comments are welcome!

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03 Feb 2018

**Silver and Dogs**

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**SILVER and DOGS**... Man's best friend and a hunk of that silver stuff! What's more American than that? haha It's my 2018 Australian Mint "Year of the Dog" 2 oz. Silver Perth Lunar Coin! Wow! That's a mouthful! This beautiful coin portrays Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse along with the date, face value, silver weight and purity. The designer is Ian Rank-Broadley. The reverse shows a German Shepard with puppy lying in the grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The design also has the Chinese character for dog, the inscription "Year of the Dog" and The Perth Mint's traditional "P" mintmark. This Sovereign coin is backed by the Australian government. The birth years for people born in the Lunar Year of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. Those fortunate enough to be born in these years ( LIKE ME) are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly. ; ) Thanks for looking at my blog! Any comments would be great!

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18 Jan 2018

**$20.00 for $20.00**

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I wanted to share this cool little coin with you! It's from the Royal Canadian Mint who has a great program called $20.00 for $20.00. The one I really liked is this 2013 Canadian Wolf. Struck in 99.99% fine silver with a worldwide mintage of 250,000. It has a serrated edge, weight of 7.96 g. and diameter of 27 mm. The obverse was designed by Susanna Blunt and features Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse shows a frontal view of a wolf running through the barren wilderness. The designer is Glen Loates. The face value is $20.00...and the cost of this coin is $20.00. Pretty cool huh!!! So next time you have an extra $20 bucks, think about these cool little coins! Thanks for looking at my blog. I look forward to your comments.

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28 Oct 2017

**Just Another Pretty Coin**...

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I saw this the other day at my coin dealer's store and knowing that I enjoy toned coins, he put this one aside for me. This piece really caught my eye. I think it's the beautiful bright silver with such a light mauve toning around the edge and on the rim that did it. It was just so pretty and understated. So after almost no thought at all...it now has a place with me in my collection. This is a 1999 $5 dollar Canadian Maple Leaf. 1 oz. pure silver. It features Queen Elizabeth ll on the obverse. Hope you enjoy it!

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27 Sep 2017

Zentangle Art* "The Great Grey Wolf"

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Wolves...What's not to love! This is a 2017 $30 Fine Silver Coin from The Royal Canadian Mint. A diameter of 50 millimeters and weight of 2 troy ounces. The artist of this wolf is Jori van der Linde. This style combines multiple abstract patterns in an intricate design within the wolf itself. The obverse designed by Susanna Blunt of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It has a mintage of 4000 and a beautiful Proof finish! I hope you can see all the detail of this coin in my photo's, it's really an amazing piece!

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28 Jan 2017

A Coin with an Imagination...

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While pawing through the big basket of foreign coins on my coin dealers counter, my eyes zoomed in on this one...In my mind's eye I saw a backside view of a triple Jessica Rabbit character from the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". It's actually Three Giant Elands from Africa... What do your eyes see?

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