There are only a handful of animals that can survive the frigid temperatures and barren landscape of the Arctic Circle. Encompassing large swaths of North America, Greenland, and portions of Europe, the Arctic is one of the world’s least inhabitable environments. The region’s largest resident, the polar bear, is featured on the 2013 1.5 oz Silver Canadian Polar Bear; a coin that is now available from Silver.com.
- Consists of 1.5 ounces of .9999 fine silver.
- Issued with face value of $8 (CAD), backed by the Canadian government.
- Individual coins ship in plastic flips, multiples of 15 in plastic tubes, and Monster Boxes of 300 for larger orders.
- Eligible for inclusion in Precious Metal IRA accounts.
Polar bears are by far the most iconic residents of the Arctic Circle. Canada is home to the world’s largest concentration of polar bears, of which just 20,000 are believed to exist in the wild. Thick layers of fat, padded and fur-covered paws, and a dense coat allow the polar bear to survive the harsh conditions that dominate the Arctic Circle.
On the reverse side of the coin is the image of a lone polar bear striding across the frozen tundra of Canada’s Arctic Circle. Above the image is the engraving “Canada,” while the metal content, weight, and purity of the coin are engraved below.
The obverse side of the coin bears Susanna Blunt’s right-profile portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. Featured on all official Canadian currency, the portrait of Her Majesty was updated for a third time by Blunt in 2003. Engravings surrounding her image include “Elizabeth II” above her head, and “8 Dollars 2013” below.
The Royal Canadian Mint was founded in 1908 during British colonial rule of Canada. In its early days, the RCM refined precious metals from the gold rush in the Yukon Territories. During more than a century of operation, the Mint has produced gold bars to repay British debt from World War I, and struck the world’s first $1 million coin.
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