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The 2013 Canadian Silver Polar Bear is the first and currently the only
coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint to carry a weight of 1.5 oz. It is composed of .9999 pure silver, and has a diameter of 38 mm; the same as its 1 oz counterpart, making it exceptionally thick. The coin is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, as it is the newest addition of Polar Bear coins.
The coin's obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Susanna Blunt. The artist was chosen to create a likeness of the Queen in celebration of her 77th birthday. Her name is engraved at the top of the coin, with the eight dollar denomination and the year at the bottom.
On the coin's reverse is the image of the polar bear walking across the icy tundra. Less than 20,000 of these animals exist in the world, with one of the largest populations residing in Canada. The country's name is etched around the upper edge of the coin, while its .9999 purity and 1.5 oz weight appear at the bottom.
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