The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new series of 1.5 Troy oz silver coins for sale in 2012. Like many other popular silver coins from the mint, the 1.5 oz coins feature reverse designs of native wildlife found throughout Canada and the North American continent. In the sixth release, the grizzly bear takes center stage. Today, 2017 1.5 oz Silver Canadian Grizzly Bear Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in protective plastic flips, tubes with 15 coins, or boxes with 300 coins!
- Sixth design issued in the Royal Canadian Mint’s 1.5 oz silver series!
- Consists of One-and-a-Half Troy ounces of .9999 fine silver.
- Face value of $8 (CAD) is fully backed by Canada’s government.
- Obverse bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse features the imposing figure of a grizzly bear.
Grizzly bears are the largest species of North American brown bear. The species itself is actually quite diverse, with various subspecies currently and previously existing in harmony on the North American continent. These include the mainland grizzly, Kodiak bear, peninsular grizzly, and the recently extinct California and Mexican grizzlies.
The name grizzly bear comes from the descriptions of early explorers to the North American west who encountered the beasts first. There are two sources of the name. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark encountered the bears while exploring the west for the American government and described them as grisly. This term could mean “grizzled,” as in golden with grey tips of hair. It could also mean “grisly,” or fear-inspiring and gruesome. Clearly it is the latter that has stuck in the minds of most.
All 2017 1.5 oz Silver Canadian Grizzly Bear Coins are packaged in protective flips for individual purchase. Bulk orders of 15 coins arrive inside of tubes, while orders of 300 come in monster boxes containing a total of 20 tubes with 15 coins each.
On the obverse of the 2017 Silver Canadian Grizzly Bear coin is the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty features on the obverse of all Canadian coinage, with this design coming from Canadian artist Susanna Blunt. Her 2003 creation marks just the second effigy of the Queen designed by a Canadian artist in Royal Canadian Mint history.
The reverse of the 2017 1.5 oz Silver Canadian Grizzly Bear Coin features a large grizzly as it stands at the edge of a rocky cliff. The bear’s jaw is wide open as it bellows out a roar over the valley below.
Founded in 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint started with one facility in the federal capital city of Ottawa. As of 1980, the Royal Canadian Mint has a second facility in the city of Winnipeg.
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