During the late-November mating season, mature male deer are at their most majestic—their bodies rounded and muscular in anticipation of the coming cold season, their fur thickened against the cold, and their broad necks and heads crowned by a massive rack of antlers. These antlers are a biological wonder. Composed of velvet-covered cartilage that hardens into bone, the antlers of Canada’s white-tailed deerare among the fastest-growing mammal bones on Earth. Following the annual mating season, these bone structures, which are dead by the time they are used to assert dominance in the autumn, will fall off. The buck will grow a new set of antlers the following spring.
DESIGN: The first coin in the subscription features a three-quarter profile portrait of a male white-tailed deer, and is designed to showcase the singular beauty of a mature male white-tailed deer at the height of its strength. This image renders in fine detail the 10-point antler rack, large ears, distinctive eyes and muzzle, and strong neck and back of its subject. The antlers, which will be shed soon after they have reached their peak growth for the year, bear tines that point sharply upward and bend slightly forward. The lighter colouration of its inner ear, eyes, nose, and lower jaw, along with the rippling muscles of its powerful neck and back, are portrayed in dimensional detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers.
PACKAGING: Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box. $99.95