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The 100 mg gray wolf Aurum® gold note comes from the five-bill North American Animal series. A modern take on classic themes,this note showcases the far-roaming, resourceful wolf in its native landscape of Eagle River, Alaska. The blend of photorealistic art layered with advanced anti-counterfeiting features creates a truly unique appearance. At the same time, it’s impossible to see this gold note and not know, instantly, this is real money!
Multiple levels of micro-printing and additional physical security elements are embedded throughout the artwork for an investment that is both secure and timeless. Like Goldbacks, this Aurum gold note is a single-sided printed piece with full color artwork printed on the obverse and the characteristic, patented “dimensional gold” embossed effect on the reverse, making it easy to authenticate. Each note has an individual serial number for easy verification. Essentially, every Aurum gold note has its own certificate of authenticity built right in.
All Aurum gold notes are designed to be the most flexible way to acquire pure gold bullion. They’re perfect for stacking or collecting in bulk – and ideal for barter. Every single gold bill Valaurum produces contains a precise and verifiable amount of 0.999 pure, 24k gold protected between layers of durable polymer. You can see the precious metal within each note from edge-to-edge, and it’s fully recoverable using standard fire assay techniques.
This mountain lion 250 mg gold note is from the new North American Animal Aurum series. The full series includes the North American bison (1 gram), brown bear (1/2 gram), mountain lion (1/4 gram), this gray wolf note (100 mg or 1/10 gram) and bald eagle (1/20 gram or 50 mg).
A single American gray wolf is shown in profile on the right side of the bill. The background of this note includes Eagle River, Alaska, part of the gray wolf’s natural habitat. A silhouette of the gray wolf’s distinctive track appears in the top right corner while a full body depiction of a mature wolf appears in the bottom left corner of the note.
The gray wolf is a universal symbol in myths and legends across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Its fierce predatory nature, combined with its intelligence and cooperative pack-hunting behavior, made the gray wolf among the most-feared predators since the end of the Ice Age. (The most feared predator worldwide is probably the brown bear.) Sidebar: Have you ever seen a wolf in real life? Even in a zoo? I have. When those golden eyes zero in on you and lock on like a heat-seeking missile, it's impossible not to feel a deep-seated, primal fear. Deep down, both you and the wolf know that you are food… Maybe not yet, but soon enough… No wonder the kings of Medieval Europe employed wolf-hunters to track down and eliminate these alpha predators from the shadowy forests!
Along with this fear came, in some cultures, respect – many Native American tribes not only admired the wolf’s hunting prowess, but considered wolves to be closely related to humans. Like humans, wolves work together, communicate and coordinate, plan ambushes and even share their food.
The Pawnee tribe’s connection with wolves was so great their sign-language word for Pawnee was the same one they used for wolf. Before battles, Apache warriors would pray, sing, and dance to gain the teamwork, strength, and bravery of wolves. So yes, wolves were feared, but also admired and respected – and even emulated…
Back to the design of the gold note: Two bars in the top left corner indicate that it is the second bill within the series of North American Animal notes. “100” is printed in both top left and bottom right corners in addition to appearing across the background of the note. Lastly, security features throughout the bill have been subtly incorporated within the design for a secure and verifiable gold bill.
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