Largemouth Bass - 2015 North American Sportfish Canada Silver Proof Coin Series #1 of 4

2015 Large-mouth Bass Coin

In conjunction with the Canadian Royal Mint, SilverTowne is proud to be the Exclusive Dealer in the United States for a Brand New 2015 Canadian Silver Coin Series featuring North American Sportfish! The series will highlight four popular species of fish: Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout and Walleye. The first coin in the North American Sportfish series, Largemouth Bass, is now available.

The 2015 Canada Silver North American Sportfish Largemouth Bass 1 Ounce Proof coin is certified to be 99.99% pure silver with a diameter of 38 millimeters and a metal weight of 31.39 grams. The reverse image by artist Curtis Atwater depicts a dynamic portrait of a largemouth bass leaping from a tree-lined lake. Viewed from its right front side with its tail arching to the right, the largemouth seems to hover above the lake below. The large mouth from which it gets its common name is open wide, displaying its strong lower jaw. The fish's shimmering scales, delicate fins and bony dorsal fin, along with the water spraying from it as it leaps, are engraved in stunning detail. In the distant background, the shore is lined in tall conifers.

Interesting details about the largemouth bass from the Royal Canadian Mint website:

"The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a native North American species of black bass that inhabits lakes and rivers in southern British Columbia, eastern Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba, Ontario, and western and southern Quebec. Often the apex predator among its fish brethren in its local habitat, it is a strong and adaptable species whose ability to thrive makes it not only one of the continent's most widespread fish, but at times an invasive threat to ecosystems. Because of its popularity among anglers, the largemouth is now found around the world.

The largemouth feeds on small fish and the young of larger fish species, insects, crustaceans, frogs, and even small mammals and birds. It prefers clear clay-bottomed or gravel-bottomed slow-moving rivers, lakes, and large ponds that feature shady areas with aquatic vegetation and submerged logs where it can lie in wait for prey. It avoids sunlight through the brightest parts of the day.

The largemouth originated in south-eastern North America, from the lower Great Lakes to northern and eastern Mexico. Aided significantly by human stocking in the late 19th century, it is now found across the entire continental United States, much of Mexico, and well into many areas of southern Canada.

Did you know...

- The world's largest recorded largemouth bass was caught by Manabu Kurita in Lake Biwa, Japan, in 2009. It weighed more than 10 kilograms and measured just under 74 centimetres.

- This fish is a member of the sunfish family.

- The largemouth is generally considered a catch-and-release species among anglers, since its meat is not as well-liked as that of many other freshwater fish species.

- The largemouth's main hunting tool is its sight, but it also uses its keen sense of smell and ability to sense vibrations to locate prey.

- It is the male of this species that builds the breeding nest—a depression in the shallows of its habitat, often among aquatic plants. Once a female has laid her eggs and left, the male guards the nest until the eggs hatch and the young leave a few weeks later.

- Other popular names for the largemouth bass include brown bass, black bass, Potter's fish, Oswego bass, and bucket mouth."

In addition to the largemouth bass image, the reverse of the coin also includes inscriptions CANADA 2015 and 20 DOLLARS. The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt, along with inscriptions ELIZABETH II and D.G. REGINA. This coin also features unique edge lettering, with 9999 FINE SILVER 1 OZ 9999 ARGENT PUR 1 OZ engraved around the edge of the coin.

A certificate of authenticity accompanies the coin and attests that the 2015 $20 fine silver coin is proof quality and is authorized by the Government of Canada. Also included is an elegant maroon case enclosed inside a gorgeous box. The silver proof coin was expertly struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, and has a limited mintage of only 6,500 worldwide.

Largemouth Bass is the first design in the North American Sportfish series and SilverTowne is the only direct-from-the-mint dealer in the U.S. where you can buy this new proof-quality pure silver coin. Add this gorgeous coin to your collection!

Coming Soon: Watch for 3 more releases in the North American Sportfish Series to be released on future dates – Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout and Walleye.