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The multifaceted lynx head by Canadian artist Traian Georgescu is the final of a 3-coin series featuring the innovative use of extraordinarily high relief (EHR). EHR goes beyond what high and even ultra-high relief techniques can accomplish and elevates the subject matter to around 6 mm. The striking visual effect of a coin that becomes more of a sculpture than a simple embossing is given an exceptional brilliance with innovative proof finish, making the silver shine like never before. This coin, featuring a multifaceted design built out of 435 polygons that are crafted in proof finish to make them sparkle like a diamond, really is an important advancement in minting.


The reverse sculpture by Traian Georgescu features a multifaceted lynx head built out of 435 polygons. The three-dimensional form protrudes from the flat coin, invoking both nature and geometry in its execution. The extraordinarily high relief plays an integral part of the design, introducing the coin among the first of its kind in the world—sharp, brilliant and doing away with the conventional flatness of minting.


  • Innovative world first coining technology. The Lynx Head features an ingenious approach to coin design. This third issue in the 3-coin series is the third proof-quality coins struck with extraordinarily high relief (EHR)—a new term in the world of minting. EHR is defined by an impressive relief that reaches to around 6 millimetres on a coin of only 36 millimetres in diameter and 1 oz. in weight. Ultra-high relief coins barely reach 2 millimetres of height and standard relief coins remain almost flat in comparison.
  • Exceptional frosting. The Lynx Head’s multiple facets, composed of 435 polygons, are crafted in proof finish to reflect light from various angles. The result is a coin that sparkles like a diamond. The highest quality proof finish combined with the EHR technique gives it an unequaled brilliance and sharpness, making it a world first coin of its kind. A lightly frosted background accentuates the sparkle of the central main design, giving its already dazzling subject even more emphasis. On the obverse, multiple light-relief facets provide similar luminous, reflective effect.
  • Unique sculpting. The exceptional three-dimensionality of extraordinarily high relief allows the Lynx Head to elevate mere embossing to a sculpture faithful to the anatomical proportions of an actual lynx head. The relief is so extreme and pronounced that the modeling and tooling work had to be approached in an unorthodox manner. The engravers had to adapt their normal coin modeling procedures, CNC machining strategies and tool polishing methods to accommodate such an extreme relief.


Composition:  99.99% pure silver
Mintage:  2,500
Weight:  30.88 g
Diameter:  36 mm
Face Value:  $25
Artist:  Traian Georgescu
Finish:  Proof
Edge:  Serrated

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