Gold Canadian Polar Bear and Cub Coin

Facts at a Glance

  • In the vast Canadian Arctic, the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) is a massive apex predator, with Canada hosting the largest population on Earth, approximately 15,000 out of a global total of 25,000.
  • The Polar Bear’s distinctive creamy white coloring and unique adaptation to slow its metabolism during lean times are essential for its survival in the Arctic environment.
  • Polar Bear cubs are born tiny and helpless, weighing less than a kilogram, and usually in sets of two, taking shelter in the maternal den for several months until they are strong enough to brave the cold.
  • From around March, the cubs join their mother on hunts for their primary food source, the ringed seal, relying on their exceptional sense of smell to detect seals’ breathing holes in the ice from a kilometer away.
  • The cubs stay with their mother until they are about two and a half years old, contributing to a three-year breeding cycle that explains the slow growth of Polar Bear populations.
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Description

In the vast Canadian Arctic, Ursus maritimus is king. Like its homeland, it is massive – males can weigh up to 800 kilograms and females about 400 kilograms. Although Polar Bears inhabit Arctic coasts around the world, Canada hosts the largest population on earth: about 15,000 of the global total of approximately 25,000.

Distinct for its creamy white coloring, the Polar Bear is well adapted for its home. Perhaps the Polar Bear’s most important adaptation is its ability to slow its metabolism to survive lean times: its body will automatically go into energy conservation mode if it has not eaten for about a week.

Ironically, this massive apex predator is born tiny and helpless. Weighing less than a kilogram with very fine hair, Polar Bear cubs – usually born in sets of two – enter the world in the relative warmth and safety of the maternal den. Mother and cubs will wait there for several months until the cubs are strong enough to survive the cold. Beginning around March, the cubs accompany their mother on hunts for their food staple, the ringed seal. Their exceptional sense of smell is powerful enough to detect a seal’s breathing hole in the ice from a kilometer away. The cubs will stay with their mother until they are about two and a half years old, creating a three-year breeding cycle that helps to explain the slow growth of Polar Bear populations.

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Specifications

Mint: Royal Canadian Mint

Weight: 7.8 g

Composition: 99.99% pure gold

Diameter: 20 mm

Face value: 10 dollars (CAN)

Finish: Bullion

Edge: Serrated

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