A master at pursuing its prey, the scimitar cat (Homotherium serum) is arguably one of the most awe-inspiring animals of the Ice Age. With its immense fangs and powerful physical features, it embodies all the ferocious strength that makes prehistoric animals endlessly fascinating. This beautifully crafted coin is the second issue in the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular Prehistoric Animals series, and offers a privileged glimpse of Canada’s prehistoric era by showcasing a powerful predator in stunning detail.
Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi has crafted a heart-stopping portrait of a roaring scimitar cat, with its mouth open wide as it bares its lethal teeth and scimitars. The details are exquisite: luxurious fur, piercing eyes, razor-sharp teeth and a roughly textured tongue are all beautifully rendered with finely detailed engraving.