Canadian Wildlife Series
The Canadian Wildlife Series had its official launch on September 9th 2010 by the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM), the Mint's Ottawa facility will produce upto one million silver bullion coins for each different coin released if demand is there for them, and will showcase a distinct Canadian wildlife theme. A total of six unique different animals will be represented in these finely crafted Canadian coins that are struck of the same pure silver as the mint's world famous Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins. These silver bullion coins are struck in one ounce of .9999 silver and bears a $5 face value. These six silver bullion coins in the series will be released over a three year period.
The obverse of each coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this particular design was created in 2003 by the Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt. The six animal designs used on the reverse of each coin will be of the, the Canadian Timberwolf, Grizzly bear, Cougar and Moose, these first four coins have been engraved by designer and senior mint engraver William Woodruff. The last two coins in this series which are the Pronghorn Antelope and Wood Bison have been engraved by Emily Damstra. Each of these released silver bullion coins also have the inscriptions CANADA, 9999, FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR upon them.
The six Canadian silver coins in this series are not sold directly to the public by the Royal Canadian Mint, Instead the mint sells them through a network of dealers. Any good dealer should be able to source all six Canadian silver coins. This series has a high mintage figure for each silver bullion coin minted, the Canadian wildlife series mintage figures will be around one million coins for each of designs.
Canadian Wildlife Series
Canadian Silver Coins - Canadian Wildlife Series
Images courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint
The six released Canadian silver coins in this series consist of the Timberwolf, Grizzly Bear, Cougar, Moose and the Pronghorn Antelope, and finally the Wood Bison.
Canadian Wolf Released in September 2010 and features a design showcasing the wolf standing on a snowy landscape with a full moon depicted in the sky behind it. The design was completed by Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff
Canadian Grizzly Released in January of 2011, this design feaures the bear on all fours standing near a body of water. This reverse was also designed by Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff.
Canadian Cougar Released in September 2011 but dated 2012, this design portrays the Canadian cougar with its front paws grasped on a fallen tree limb baring its large teeth. This reverse was designed by Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff.
Canadian Moose This release was issued in early February 2012, the reverse design portrays the Canadian moose in its native environment. This reverse was designed by Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff.
Canadian Pronghorn AntelopeThis coin release in 2012 is the first dated 2013, the design portrays the Pronghorn antelope in a field of grass. This reverse was designed by Emily Damstra..
Canadian Wood BisonThis final coin of the series released in 2013, the design portrays the Wood Bison galloping through the snow. This reverse was designed by Emily Damstra.
Coin Series Specifications
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Weight: 31.12 grams
Diameter: 38 mm
Composition: .9999 silver
Authorized Mintage: 1 Million of each coin
Issue Date: 2011-2013
Further Coin Information
Information on the Canadian Wildlife series can be found at the Royal Canadian Mint.