The vibrant hues of autumn, a perfect crystal raindrop, and pure precious silver all come together on a simply stunning Proof Silver Maple Leaf! In combining the beauty and simplicity of the Swarovski crystal with its unique colorization process, the mint has produced a marriage made in heaven - and the first Canadian coin of its kind! Here we find a solitary maple leaf, caught at the precise moment when a lone raindrop, tugged by gravity, begins its descent to the forest floor.
Gold, orange, yellow, red, with hints of green - the rain runs down the maple leaf, each perfect drop a majestic gem bejeweling the spectacular colors that make up the splendor of Autumn's gown. So powerful is the association between the maple leaf and Canada that you might be be surprised to learn that of the 115 species of maple trees in the world, only ten occur naturally in Canada!
From the fresh new growth of spring to their ultimate expression of vibrant fall hues, the leaves of the maple enrich the Canadian landscape from coast to coast. In summer, they form a dense canopy that shields against the summer sun, as well as unexpected rain showers. When the clouds clear, the leaves shine with renewed vibrancy, their wet surfaces reflecting maximum light from the sun.
But this moment of heightened beauty is short-lived. As each leaf bends under the weight of the moisture, water collects at its lowest point and begins to form a water droplet. It continues to grow until the leaf can no longer support its weight. The leaf curves forward, and for a fleeting moment a tear-shaped drop of water hangs between heaven and earth before falling to the ground - a tiny echo of the life-giving rain that passed a few moments earlier.
Stunning in its artistry, beauty and simplicity, this new pure silver proof in the Color Silver Maple Leaf Series ups the ante with a few twists. These upgrades to this most popular of annual programs include: 1. The lowest mintage limit ever. To date for a Color Silver Maple Leaf!Before the innovations of last year's Crystal Raindrop Color Silver Maple Leaf, all the previous coins in the Color Silver Maple Leafs Series feature the specimen finish. In fact, this is only the 2nd proof-finish SML ever (after the 1989 proof SML). A new, much higher denomination! Not only is this only the second color SML in the series to feature a crystal, it's also only the second Royal Canadian Mint coin ever to combine a crystal with color! Taken together, these upgrades create the most unique coin in the series - and a work of unparalleled gorgeousness! We believe that this coin presents an entry-level investment opportunity in a relatively low-priced proof. A quick sell out was expected and occurred quickly. For more information about Swarovski crystals of Austria, please see the presentation at the end of this article.
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin. The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!A beautiful, full-color image of a sprig of vibrantly hued maple leaves, changing color for fall and yielding to the weight of a single raindrop, represented by a genuine Swarovski crystal. The date and denomination are both indicated. A cameo proof portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D.
REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and mint mark also appear. The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box.
An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included. Proof with Color and Swarovski Crystal. Swarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, Austria near Zürich. Swarovski crystal was born when a Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski, invented an automatic cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria).
Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented. Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal firm produces a wide range range of products, but is world-renowned for the incredible quality and brilliance of its crystal jewelry.In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Recent developments include the 2004 release of a new, patented cut, Xilion, designed to optimize the brilliance of roses (crystal components with flat backs) and chatons (diamond-cut crystals). This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: Canada\Commemorative". The seller is "talismancoins" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.