This incredible 1 Oz Silver coin is the first release in the new “Burning Animals” series, dedicated to some of the most fascinating animals. In this edition – the Lion. The coin is entirely plated in Ruthenium, partially plated in Gold, has a beautiful coloration and comes in a case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity.
The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the big cats in the Felidae family and a member of genus Panthera. It has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1996, as populations in African range countries declined by about 43% since the early 1990s. Lion populations are untenable outside designated protected areas. Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are the greatest causes of concern. The West African lion population is listed as Critically Endangered since 2016. The only lion population in Asia survives in and around India's Gir Forest National Park and is listed as Endangered since 1986. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes lion populations in Africa. It is the second-largest living wild cat after the tiger, with some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, barring hybrids like the liger. In ancient historic times, their range was in most of Africa, including North Africa, and across Eurasia from Greece and southeastern Europe to India. In the late Pleistocene, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans; Panthera leo spelaea lived in northern and western Europe and Panthera leo atrox in the Americas from the Yukon River to Peru.
The coin's reverse depicts a burning lion gilded in gold. On top the inscription "Canada", the fineness of the Silver is present on both sides, left and right. On the bottom of the coin the inscription "Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur". The coin is completely plated with Ruthenium and partly with pure gold. On the coin's obverse the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the issue date.