Tavex is pleased to present the 2017 Canadian Elk gold coin, a worldwide hallmark of exceptional artisanship and purity. Issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this coin is crafted in 99.999% pure gold, the highest standard in the world today.
Embellished with the striking image of a male Canadian elk (Cervus canadensis), the rhythmic resonance emitted from its gorge is portrayed as curved lines in the background. The bugle of a male elk is an unforgettable call of the wild that, once heard, leaves little doubt of the animal's strength and authority in the Canadian wilderness. This magnificent species is highly vocal at all times but more so during the fall rutting season, when the bull's loud cry reverberates across the landscape—and on this exquisite pure gold coin. The Canadian Elk bullion coin is struck in a proof-like condition with exceptionally brilliant surfaces and enhanced engraved areas that reinforce the realistic likeness of the elk's furry mane.
This unique bullion coin is a remarkable allegorical interpretation of Canada’s untamed yet beautiful wilderness and will thus be a cherished piece in anyone’s portfolio or coin collection.
Established in 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint has in the past couple of decades been one of the market leaders in applying new technologies in the production of gold and silver bullion coins. Not only did it create the first legal tender silver and gold bullion coins that contained a purity of four nines, they went one step further in 1998 with the introduction of a special edition gold bullion coin that contained 1.02233 troy ounces of 99.999% (five nines) pure gold. The mint’s quest in perfecting high purity gold coins did not stop at the one-ounce weight mark. In fact, it reached new heights in 2007 by unveiling a Gold Maple Leaf coin that weighed 100 kilograms, had a gold purity of .99999, and came with a face value of one million Canadian dollars.
In 2014 the Royal Canadian Mint set a new standard in coin security with the introduction of its latest innovation called “Bullion DNA Anti-Counterfeiting Technology” which includes a process where a unique microscopic security mark is minted onto every coin. The centre of the security mark contains the number “14” (for the year 2014) and is only visible under strong magnification. This new technology adds another layer of protection against counterfeiting, and all Gold Maple Leaf coins minted from 2014 onwards will contain this new security feature.
Obverse: The obverse portrays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reason for picturing Her Majesty the Queen stems from Canada’s membership of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth of Nations. By being a member of the Commonwealth, Canada has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch. Above the Queen’s effigy is her name “ELIZABETH II” and inscribed at the bottom of the coin is the nominal face value of 200 dollars and the year of mintage.
Reverse: Designed by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc, the coin features the right side-profile of a majestic elk (Cervus canadensis). Precision engraving captures the beauty and strength of this majestic Canadian species through the finest details, including the texture of its furry mane. Its formidable antlers are prominently displayed as the mature bull lifts its heavy head towards the sky to release its high-pitched roar, which is represented by the rounded sound waves that fill the proof background. Also engraved on the reverse are the words "CANADA" and "FINE GOLD 99999 1 OZ OR PUR".
The coin is encapsulated and sealed in a Royal Canadian Mint's tamper-proof assay card. The surface of this card is shiny and styled with golden maple leaves over a black background.
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