The grizzly bear is a common fixture on Canadian coin programs, but this particular product boasts something unique even with its distinctive grizzly bear. This 2017 coin marks the first-ever issue of a 1/3 oz gold coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. Right now, 2017 1/3 oz Gold Canadian Grizzly Bear Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships inside of a protective plastic pouch!
- First issued in 2017!
- Consist of One-Third Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of $15 (CAD) backed by the federal government of Canada.
- On the obverse is a design of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The reverse features the fearsome grizzly bear.
Each 2017 1/3 oz Gold Canadian Grizzly Bear Coin in this listing debuted as the first-ever coin of this weight from the Royal Canadian Mint. Each individual coin comes in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and is available individually inside of protective plastic pouches.
The grizzly bear is, in reality, a North American brown bear subspecies. The creatures are related to a similar subspecies of brown bear that inhabits Russia, Northern China, Japan, and Korea. However, even though the subspecies are related they are distinctly different. In North America, the grizzly bear is the second-largest predator on the continent.
On the obverse of 2017 1/3 oz Gold Canadian Grizzly Bear Coins is the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is featured here in right-profile relief with earrings and no crown on her head. This image was created in 2003 by Susanna Blunt as the fourth-generation design on Canadian coins. This is just the second design from a Canadian artist.
The reverse of 2017 Gold Canadian Grizzly Bear Coins features the image of a giant grizzly bear standing on the edge of a rock cliff. Generally speaking, the grizzly bears on the North American continent reach larger sizes when living near coastal environments compared to those living further inland.
Grizzly bears, as they are commonly known in the United States and Canada, gained their name following the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The duo described encountering a “grisly” bear, an English term that at the time could be interpreted as “fear-inspiring” or “gruesome.”
The Royal Canadian Mint was founded in Ottawa in 1908. The Ottawa Mint was the only facility until the decision in the 1970s to open a second mint in Winnipeg. Today, the Ottawa Mint produces all bullion coinage, while the Winnipeg Mint produces circulation currency.
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