2019 Canada 1 Ounce Multifaceted Animal Head Lynx Silver Proof Coin


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Extraordinarily-high relief (EHR) goes beyond what high and even ultra-high relief techniques can accomplish and elevates the subject matter to around 6 mm. The striking visual effect of each coin in your series that becomes more of a sculpture than a simple embossing is given an exceptional brilliance with innovative proof finish, making the silver shine like never before.

Each coin features an ingenious approach to coin design. These are the first proof-quality coins struck with EHR – a new term in the world of minting. EHR is defined by an impressive relief that reaches to around 6 millimeters on a coin of only 36 millimeters in diameter and 1 oz. in weight. Ultra-High Relief coins barely reach 2 mm of height and standard relief coins remain almost flat in comparison.

The exceptionally deep strike allows the Lynx to elevate mere embossing to a sculpture faithful to the anatomical proportions of an actual bear head. The relief is so extreme and pronounced that the modeling and tooling work had to be approached in an unorthodox manner. The engravers had to adapt their normal coin modeling procedures, CNC machining strategies and tool polishing methods to accommodate such an extreme relief.

Third coin design:

The reverse sculpture by Alex Tirabasso features a multifaceted Lynx head built out of 435 polygons. The three-dimensional form protrudes from the flat coin, invoking both nature and geometry in its execution. The extraordinarily high relief plays an integral part of the design, introducing the coin among the first of its kind in the world—sharp, brilliant and doing away with the conventional flatness of minting.

Did you know…

The Canadian Lynx is a captivating feline native to the Northern Hemisphere’s boreal forest. The lynx favors thickly forested wilderness areas. However, it will follow the food wherever it is. Due to its elusive agility and secrecy, the Canada Lynx has been nicknamed “the shadow of the forest”.


Year: 2019
Grade: Proof
Denomination: $25
Metal Content: 1 Troy Ounce
Purity: .9999
Mintage:  2,500
Manufacturer: Royal Canadian Mint
Diameter: 36 mm
Mint capsule, Branded Beauty Box, Serialized Certificate