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Canada Wildlife

The Canadian Wildlife series was a six-piece silver bullion coin issued twice annually by the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) from 2011 until 2013. As an alternative to the unrestricted mintage of the Silver Maple Leaf (SML) bullion coin, the mint decided to debut these restricted mintage semi-numismatic designs. The series is struck in a troy ounce of the RCM’s 0.9999 FS, the purest currently in use for bullion coins. Designed from the start to be a set of six rather than being open-ended, each coin has a common obverse, an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, but a different reverse face. Each of the coins depicts a classic example of Canadian Wildlife.

The 2011 and 2012 reverse sides were designed by artist and senior RCM engraver, William Woodruff, and the last two coins from 2013 by Emily S. Damstra. The coins in the series depict the timber wolf and grizzly bear in 2011, the cougar and moose in 2012, and the pronghorn antelope, and wood bison in 2013, the final year.

 

Silver Bullion Mintage

Year1 Oz
2011 Wolf 1,000,000
2011 Bear 1,000,000
2012 Cougar 1,000,000
2012 Moose 1,000,000
2013 Antelope 1,000,000
2013 Bison 1,000,000

 

Design

Obverse: The obverse depicts the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist, Susanna Blunt, with her initials visible on the Queens shoulder. At the top of the coin is the inscription “ELIZABETH II”, and at the bottom the denomination “5 DOLLARS” and the year of issue, either 2011, 2012 or 2013.

Reverse: The reverse depicts Canadian wildlife in it's native habitat. Inscribed along the top is “CANADA”, along the bottom “FINE SILVER 1 OZ. ARGENT PUR.”, and in the artwork the coin purity, “9999.”

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