Canadian Wildlife Coins are a fun series of coins that celebrate Canada’s fascinating and abundant wildlife. The coins have a high purity content and were produced in fairly limited quantities. Through 2013, there are six different coins in the Canadian Wildlife coin series. This series has helped to cement Canada’s Royal Canadian Mint as one of the highest quality producers of precious metal coins in the world. For all of these reasons, Canadian Wildlife coins are very popular amongst both collectors and investors.
Canadian Wildlife Coins History
The first coin produced in the Canadian Wildlife coin series was the Canadian Wolf coin in 2010. Since that first coin, five more have been released: the Canadian Grizzly coin in 2011; the Canadian Cougar coin in 2011; the Canadian Moose coin in 2012; the Canadian Pronghorn Antelope in 2012; and the Canadian Wood Bison coin in 2013. Each of these animals are iconic symbols of Canada’s wildlife, and are beautifully portrayed on the reverse (back) side of each coin. The Royal Canadian Mint produced just 1,000,000 of each coin in the Canadian Wildlife coin series, making them quite rare and desirable in the precious metal coin world. Each coin is struck at the Royal Canadian Mint’s Ottawa location, using the same high standards as Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins.
Canadian Wildlife Coins Design and Specifications
Each of the six coins in the Canadian Wildlife Coins series has the same specifications. The coins contain one troy ounce of very fine silver, with a fineness level of .9999. This means that each coin contains one ounce of silver that is 99.99% pure. This is a very high purity level, and in line with the quality of silver products that the Royal Canadian Mint if known for producing. The face value of each coin is $5 Canadian Dollars, though the actual value is worth more than that, as the value of one ounce of silver is higher than the face value.
The obverse (front) side of each coin in the Canadian Wildlife series depicts a portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. This image was designed by the renowned portrait artist, Susanna Blunt. The obverse side also inscribed with the phrases “ELIZABETH II,” “5 DOLLARS,” and the specific year the coin was produced.
The reverse (back) side of Canadian Wildlife Coins features the specific animal, as well as the inscriptions “CANADA,” “9999,” and “FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR.” These phrases indicate the coin’s purity level and silver content. “Argent pur” translates to “pure silver.” The six animal designs depicted on the reverse sides of the Canadian Wildlife coin series are described below:
The 2010 Canadian Wolf silver coin depicts the Canadian wolf standing in the snow with a full moon in the background behind it. The wolf appears to tower over evergreen trees, also placed in the background. It was designed by William Woodruff.
The 2011 Canadian Grizzly silver coin showcases a grizzly bear standing near a lake on all fours. The bear has its mouth open in a triumphant roar with a mountain in the background. William Woodruff also designed this coin.
The 2011 Canadian Cougar silver coin features the Canadian cougar standing on its hind legs, with its front legs on top of a fallen tree trunk. Its mouth is open, displaying an impressive set of sharp teeth. Once again, this design was created by William Woodruff.
The 2012 Canadian Moose silver coin depicts the Canadian moose standing proudly in a field of grass and shrubs. The moose’s size is shown by how much taller it is than the field. The detail of the moose’s body and antlers is remarkable. William Woodruff created this image, his fourth in the series.
The 2012 Canadian Pronghorn Antelope silver coin shows the antelope in motion in a vast field of grass. The animal appears to be trotting or walking confidently. The background highlights Canada’s beauty with several rolling hills and layers of countryside. Emily S. Damstra designed this coin, adding a new name to the design column in the Canadian Wildlife coin series.
The 2013 Canadian Wood Bison silver coin features the Canadian bison on the move in the forest. A dense set of evergreen trees are set in the background, with the bison galloping through shallow snow in the foreground. Emily S. Damstra designed this coin.
Canadian Wildlife Coins Purity and Value
Canadian Wildlife Coins are popular for many reasons, including their pure and fine silver. Their 99.99% fine silver content (.9999 fineness) is among the highest in the world. This level of consistent quality is one of the characteristics of Royal Canadian Mint coins that investors and collectors gravitate towards. Combined with the rarity of the coins, an investment in Canadian Wildlife Coins can be very lucrative. Each coin’s design and pure silver content adds to their overall value.
Speaking of value, it is important to understand how to calculate an approximate value for your Canadian Wildlife coins. Since each coin contains one ounce of silver, you can simply check the current spot price per ounce of silver to get a rough idea of the actual value of your Canadian Wildlife coin. However, your coin may be more valuable than other one ounce silver coins, because of the pure silver content, rarity, and impressive designs described above. This is why many people choose to purchase these coins over other one ounce silver coins.
Silver in general is far more affordable than gold, so purchasing a Canadian Wildlife coin is realistic for any budget. Silver is also predicted by many analysts to show stronger value growth numbers than gold in the years ahead.
When you purchase a Canadian Wildlife coin from ITM trading, your purchase is guaranteed in terms of authenticity and condition, and your order is always shipped for free and insured. In many cases, discounts are available if you pay by check, wire, or ACH transaction, rather than credit card, and additional discounts may be offered for purchasing multiple coins or products in the same transaction. All of these factors add to the overall value of your Canadian Wildlife coins investment.