Metal Type: 9999 Fine Silver
Metal Weight: 31.39 gram
Coin Diameter: 38 mm
SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN MINTAGE! Each caterpillar on your coin individually handcrafted by master glass-maker! Order today!
Nature and bug enthusiasts, gardeners and glass collectors will be snatching up this coin featuring a Murano glass monarch caterpillar. Caterpillars are an essential part of the natural world. Without them, there can be no butterflies; and without milkweed plants, there can be no monarchs. It’s the only plant monarch larvae feed upon.
An ideal Murano glass coin for someone who enjoys caterpillars! Order today!
LOWEST MINTAGE IN THIS SERIES! Even more precious than the previous coin in series due to a lower mintage of 5,000! Order today before it's gone!
COLLECT ALL THREE! Previous two coins in the 3-coin Little Creatures series include:
- Murano Glass Snail—available on mint.ca, while supplies last!
- Murano Glass Dogbane Beetle—available on mint.ca, while supplies last!
YOUR COIN IS ONE-OF-A-KIND! Every Murano glass monarch caterpillar has been individually blown by a master glassmaker in Murano, Italy; with slight, handcrafted variations that make each one unique!
COMBINES TRADITIONAL ENGRAVING, COLOUR, AND MURANO GLASS! Beautifully crafted in 1 oz. of 99.99% pure silver with a breathtaking combination of traditional engraving, colour and a Murano glass monarch caterpillar that will delight nature and bug enthusiasts, gardeners, anyone who marvels at the intricate beauty of nature’s tiniest creations.
INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1.
AN ARTISTIC COLLABORATION BETWEEN CANADA AND ITALY! The pure silver coin was designed by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais, while the glass embellishment was handcrafted by Italian master glass maker Bernardino and Giorgio Vio!
- ONE-OUNCE 99.99% PURE SILVER!
Your coin’s design is punctuated by a vivid Murano glass monarch caterpillar that was handcrafted by a master glassmaker in Murano, Italy; its yellow, black and white stripes the tell-tale sign it is a monarch larva. The glass monarch caterpillar is poised on the leaf of a swamp milkweed plant designed by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais that has been selectively coloured to showcase the plant’s long leaves, and its clusters of pink flowers to best effect.
Did you know…
- Most caterpillars have muted colours to blend in with their surroundings, but not the monarch. Its larvae stand out with vivid yellow, black and white stripes to boldly warn predators they are toxic; a defense mechanism they gain by eating the noxious milkweed plant.
- The milkweed is the only plant where monarch butterflies lay their eggs. There are over a hundred species in North America, but this critical plant is becoming increasingly rare. Fortunately, the stealthy monarch will find the smallest patch, even in a city block!
- A freshly hatched monarch caterpillar is pale green to grayish white. As it grows, it will shed its skin four times, consuming its discarded skin before returning to munching leaves. Its vibrant stripes appear during its final growth stage, when the larva is 2.5-5 cm long.
- A monarch caterpillar has two sets of tentacles on its back; long sensory organs that emerge during the third of five growth stages, and will grow to 1.1 cm (front) and .4 cm (back). It also has very short antennae located near its mouth to sense smells.
- Point Pelee, Long Point, and Prince Edward Point in southern Ontario are designated monarch reserves as part of an international agreement with Mexico (1995).
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.
||99.99% pure silver
||Maurice Gervais (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)