The Royal Canadian Mint has a long history of producing gold and silver coins for collectors that celebrate the nation’s wildlife. Among the earliest examples of this was the Gold Proof Bowhead Whale. Issued with limited mintages in 1988, the coin celebrates the protected species that inhabits the coastal waters of Canada. Today, 1988 $100 Proof Gold Canadian Bowhead Whale Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside individual plastic flips!
- Honors the Bowhead Whale!
- Mintage limited to 53,000 coins only!
- Consists of One-Quarter Troy ounce of actual gold content.
- The face value of $100 (CAD) is fully backed by the Canadian government.
- On the obverse is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The reverse of the coin shows a bowhead whale with its young calf.
Bowhead whales are some of the most durable mammals in the world. Scientific research in the 21st century has shown that the bowhead whale has the capability of living for more than 200 years. This discovery was the result of a shocking find in 2007 when a 49-foot bowhead was caught off the coast of Alaska. The tip of a harpoon was found in the head of the whale, but this was no ordinary harpoon. This particular model had been manufactured between 1879 and 1885 only and was likely harpooned into the whale during those years, some 122 years earlier. Scientists found that the specimen was between 115 and 130 years old at its death.
All of these 1988 Gold Canadian $100 Proof Bowhead Whale Coins are available to you inside plastic flips. As proof coins, each one boasts frosted designs with mirrored fields. These coins were issued by the mint with .583 gold content.
On the obverse of 1988 Gold Canadian Proof Bowhead Whales is a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. In the penultimate release of this effigy, Queen Elizabeth II is shown in right-profile relief at a young age with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. The image was created in 1965 by Arnold Machin and used through 1989.
The reverse side of the 1988 Gold Proof Bowhead Whales comes with an image of a bowhead whale and its young calf. The female bowhead whale has a gestational period of 13 to 14 months and can give birth to a new calf every three to four years.
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