A feast for the eyes: Canada's four seasons unfold in this special-shaped collage. Spring, summer, fall and winter-this eye-catching collage invites you to step into the Canadian landscape and experience the four seasons that shape life in Canada. From spring's bright hues and sun-soaked summer greenery, to fall's foliage-led colour change and winter's snowy slumber, all four seasons unfold before your eyes, forming a spectrum of colours within the maple leaf that gives shape to our celebration of Canada's natural beauty. The perfect follow-up to the 2022 Canadian Collage coin.
#### COIN HIGHLIGHTS A Canada for all seasons. Celebrate the spectacular beauty of Canada through all four seasons!The follow-up to the 2022 Canadian Collage, your 2023 maple leaf-shaped collage is beautifully engraved on a 3 oz. 99.99% pure silver canvas. On your coin's reverse, the collage is shaped like the leaf from a black maple, one of 10 Canadian maple species. Only 2,500 coins are available to collectors worldwide.
The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. #### Packaging Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a black Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box. #### Colour over engraved relief Each season has an established colour association, and those seasonal hues mirror the shades found in nature. They are well represented in this collage, where the use of colour over the engraved relief and changing colour schemes reflects nature's cyclical transformation. #### Inspiring pride Your coin's collage illustrates how nature is a key part of Canada's identity.
It features a composite of landscapes and wildlife species from across Canada, and it seamlessly combines them to ensure a smooth transition from one seasonal view to the next. It isn't just the landscape that undergoes a colourful transformation each year-some animals do too!Fiery reds, burnt orange and golden yellows-the colours we associate with fall and fall leaves are mostly present in the landscape during spring and summer too, they're just masked by chlorophyll, a green pigment that is vital for photosynthesis. The red colours are produced in the autumn, in response to bright light and plant sugars in the leaves. As summer turns to fall and sunlight decreases, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, which fades away to reveal other colours caused by various pigments: xanthophyll for yellow, carotenoid for orange, and anthocyanin for red. And once those pigments break down, only tannins remain in the leaves, resulting in a brown colour. Designed by artist Caitlin Lindstrom-Milne, your coin's reverse features a composite of landscape features from across Canada, framed by the outline of a black maple (Acer nigrum) leaf and backed by Canada geese (Branta canadensis) flying in a V formation-a sign of the changing seasons in Canada. The four-season view begins with a spring scene on the left, where a tundra swan (Cygnus columbianus) swims past flowery meadows and mountains under a colourful morning sky. The scene transitions to a bright summer day, as a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) catches its next meal. Beneath the migrating geese in the sky, the green foliage turns to red, orange, brown and yellow in the fall view, in which the setting sun casts its glow on the grasslands and the iconic bison (Bison bison). The final view, with its sleepy Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), captures the tranquil beauty of winter in Canada, while an iceberg adrift in the ocean hints at the eventual return of spring. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign. #### ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world.Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.