Wild Canada Coin Series
Calling any coin program from the Royal Canadian Mint a popular one is an act of redundancy. Nearly all the coin programs introduced by the Royal Canadian Mint enjoy success and demand around the globe courtesy of the impressive designs and high purity levels of the products it has manufactured over the past century. The Silver Canadian Wildlife Series of coins introduced by the mint in 2011 will go down as one of the single most popular programs from the Royal Canadian Mint, and to honor the popularity of those coins and answer the demand for their designs, a limited-edition Silver Wild Canada Series of coins will be introduced by the mint in the coming months.
Introducing the Wild Canada Coin Series on Silver.com
To celebrate the popularity and answer the continued demand for Silver Canadian Wildlife Series designs, the Royal Canadian Mint is now offering the popular designs as a privy mark on its beloved Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coin series. The new Wild Canada Coin Series includes the following features:
- A total of six new designs, released two at a time over a three-year period.
- Strictly limited mintage of just 50,000 coins per design.
- Each consists of one troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- All coins bear a face value of $5 (CAD) backed by the Canadian government.
- Reverse features the sugar maple leaf from the Silver Maple Leaf program, with a special Wild Canada Series privy mark inspired by the Canadian Wildlife Series.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile portrait as designed in 2003 by Susanna Blunt.
- Coins arrive in individual flips, Royal Canadian Mint sealed tubes of 25, or Monster Boxes of 500 coins.
The Wild Canada Coin series coins are struck on Silver Canadian Maple Leaf blanks, with a unique privy mark added to the reverse image. Along with the standard Silver Maple Leaf design, you’ll find a privy mark on the bottom-left of each coin honoring the wolf, grizzly bear, cougar, moose, antelope, and wood bison from the original Canadian Wildlife Series.
Each of these coins will be struck in a brilliant reverse-proof finish. Coins with this type of finish feature a strong, frosted background field and a mirror-like finish on the design set. The finish provides a stark contrast between the two, and is opposite of the average proof version of collectible coins.
Overview of the Silver Canadian Wildlife Series
The Silver Canadian Wildlife Series of coins from the Royal Canadian Mint was a program that consisted of six coins in total, each with a different design honoring native wildlife species found throughout the forests, mountains, plains, and tundras of Canada. The coins were released on an annual basis from 2011 to 2013, with two new designs introduced each year. The coins each shared commonalities with one another that included:
- One troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Face value of $5 (CAD) fully backed by the government of Canada.
- Status as legal tender currency.
- Common obverse design: Susanna Blunt’s 2003, third-generation right-profile portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth II.
- Mintage capped at one million coins per design.
Two designers were chosen to craft the images used on the reverse face of each of the Silver Canadian Wildlife Series coins. Royal Canadian Mint Assistant Engraver William Woodruff was chosen to create the designs for the 2011 and 2012 coins in the series. A total of four coins bear images created by Woodruff, and he is honored for his contributions with a “WW” inscription on the reverse of each 2011 and 2012 coin alongside his noted designs.
In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint commissioned famed Canadian artist Emily S. Damstra to create the images used on the final two coins in the series. Damstra was likewise honored for her contributions to the series with an “ED” inscription featured on the reverse side along with her designs.
2011 Silver Canadian Wildlife Series Coins
The first coin released in the Silver Canadian Wildlife Series was the 2011 1 oz Silver Canadian Wolf coin. It featured Woodruff’s design of an oversized wolf on the reverse face. The wolf is one of North America’s most fearsome predators, and on this coin it was featured dominating the design motif. It stands head and shoulders above a snow-covered, wooded forest at its feet as the moon rises just above its head in the background.
On the reverse face of the second coin released this year, the 2011 1 oz Silver Canadian Grizzly coin features the largest land predator in North America. The grizzly bear is feared for its sheer power and size, and is found across the North American continent. Woodruff’s design on this coin includes a grizzly bear at the edge of a frigid body of water, letting a ferocious roar out of its mouth as the rocky outcrop its standing upon gives way to a mountain peak in the distance.
2012 Silver Canadian Wildlife Series Coins
Woodruff continued his work in 2012, designing the 2012 1 oz Silver Canadian Cougar and 2012 1 oz Silver Canadian Moose coins. The Moose was released first in 2012, and was the third overall coin in the series. The moose coin featured the large, mostly docile creature standing among an outcrop of tall grass.
For the fourth design in the series, and second in 2012, Woodruff depicted the quietest killer in the Canadian wilderness: the cougar. The massive cat was depicted with its mouth wide open, growling at its prey as it climbs over a fallen tree branch.
2013 Silver Canadian Wildlife Series Coins
In 2013, Damstra took over the design of Silver Canadian Wildlife Series coins, and offered up the 2013 1 oz Canadian Pronghorn Antelope coin as the first design in the final year of production for the popular series. The antelope is the fastest land mammal found in the Western Hemisphere, and is featured in a slower stage of life on the coin’s reverse as it grazes across the open plains of Canada.
For the sixth and final design in the Silver Canadian Wildlife Series, Damstra and the Royal Canadian Mint introduced the 2013 1 oz Canadian Wood Bison coin. The wood bison is a subspecies of the American Bison. Found on the plains of the United States, the wood bison is found solely amongst the wooded regions and forests of Canada. Where there were once 200,000 of these creatures, today an estimated 10,000 are all that remain. Overhunting in the late 19th century led to a massive population decline that saw the species drop to just few hundred.
On the reverse face is the image of a wood bison as it runs through the cool waters of a river. All of the Silver Canadian Wildlife Series coins shared common engravings on the reverse face. Each one had the word “Canada” along the top, with the purity (.9999) featured on both the right of the design field. The artist’s initials were inscribed to the left, while the words “Fine Silver 1 oz. Argent Pur” feature along the bottom.
Purchasing Wild Canada Series Coins on Silver.com
The Royal Canadian Mint placed strict mintage limitations on these new Wild Canada Series coins. With just 50,000 available for each design, there’s no time to waste in completing your purchase today on Silver.com. To that end, we happily accept a variety of payment methods for the easy completion of your transaction.
Silver.com accepts Visa and MasterCard credit/debit card purchases, with an average processing time of one business day. Bank wire transfer and PayPal fund transfers often process immediately, releasing your products to our fulfillment center with the quickest turnaround time. Paper checks are also accepted by Silver.com, and offer you the highest purchase amount maximum and a 4% discount on your overall purchase price.
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