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2012 Pure Gold $200 Coin "The Challenge" Robert Bateman Design

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This pure gold proof coin combines the art of renowned wildlife Robert Bateman with the workmanship of the Royal Canadian Mint to create a highly collectible and beautiful pure gold coin. The design comes from a painting called "The Challenge", presenting a massive bull moose emerging from dense, snow-dusted brush to gaze directly at the viewer, shoulders hunched below its massive head and antlers in a typical challenge pose. This detail features the moose's head, antlers and body, as the enormous animal stares aggressively from the shining polished ground of the coin's reverse side. The image is perfectly balanced within the borderless polished silver field. In a Royal Canadian Mint first, Robert Bateman's signature is engraved to the left side of the image.

This coin has a nominal face value of $200, contains one full ounce of pure gold, and is double struck with a proof finish. To add to the collectability of this coin, the mintage has been limited to just 750 pieces.

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), an organization that has achieved exceptional results in conserving Canadian wilderness and Canadians about environmental issues that concern us all. Robert Bateman, the coin designer, is a world-renowned wildlife artist and an unflagging proponent of wildlife conservation and education. Mr. Bateman is an Honorary Life Member of CWF.

The largest member of the Cervidae family-the moose (Alces alces) is one of Canada's most emblematic animals. The giant ruminant-sitting taller at its nearly 2-metre high shoulders than the very tallest horse-inhabits the vast boreal forest, as well as muskegs and valleylands. Weighing hundreds of kilograms (a male can weigh up to 600 kilograms) and, in the case of bulls, carrying a rack of antlers sometimes spanning 1.5 metres, the moose can nevertheless pass through dense brush in almost complete silence.

With spindly legs, hugely muscled shoulders, a low rump, stubby tail and mule-like ears, the moose's body may seem ungainly to some, but is well adapted for its environment. Its broad hooves help it to pass easily over snow and marshland. Its long, narrow head ends in a flexible upper lip that helps it to grasp leaves, bark, twigs and aquatic plants. Beneath its chin hangs a distinctive flap of skin called a "bell" which, though its function is still not entirely understood, in part helps the moose to attract potential mates during the autumn rut.

Considering its massive size, the moose is exceptionally nimble. It can run for short distances at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour and can swim long distances, dive more than 5 metres and hold its breath underwater for about 30 seconds. Moose span the majority of Canada's forests, from the Alaskan border and the southern border of Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. Experts estimate a total Canadian population of more than 500,000.

• Mintage: 750
• This is a pure gold item which is GST/HST exempt

• 2012 Pure Gold $200 Coin "The Challenge" Robert Bateman Design