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The Multifaceted Grizzly Bear Head by Canadian artist Alex Tirabasso is the second of a 3-coin series featuring the innovative use of extraordinarily high relief (EHR). 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 a coin 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. This coin, featuring a multifaceted design built out of 498 polygons that are crafted in proof finish to make them sparkle like a diamond, really is an important advancement in minting.
The grizzly bear is Canada’s second largest carnivore. It is easily one of the most iconic animals on Canadian soil. On one hand, the grizzly is oft linked to danger, and its name sounds awfully close to the adjective “grisly”. On the other, this bear remains a highly respected symbol of the nation’s nature and culture. It is synonymous with strength, confidence, leadership, rest and quietude. Bears are known to be particularly intelligent and resourceful beasts. They work hard for their food and the well-being of their cubs, but they also rest hard. Symbolic of signature Canadian winters, the grizzly can hibernate for up to seven months in our snowy landscape.