2012 Canadian Moose Silver Bullion Coin Released

by Darrin Lee Unser on March 19, 2012 · 7 comments

The Royal Canadian Mint continues its extremely popular Canadian Wildlife silver bullion series with the recent release of the 2012 Moose Silver Bullion Coin.

2012 Canadian Moose Silver Bullion Coin

2012 Canadian Moose Silver Bullion Coin

As with other releases in the series, the Moose Silver Bullion Coin is struck from one ounce of 99.99% pure silver. A maximum mintage of 1,000,000 has been put in place.

The Moose coin marks the fourth to appear in the Canadian Wildlife silver bullion series which debuted with two 2011-dated strikes — one showcasing a grizzly and the other depicting a wolf. Those two were followed by the 2012-dated Cougar coin. Two more coins are scheduled to appear in the series and will be issued by the Royal Canadian Mint by early 2013.

"The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased that our bullion coins continue to attract customers from around the world and receive acclaim for their purity, quality and craftsmanship," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

"The Mint’s Silver Wildlife bullion coin series has been a perennial success with investors and collectors world-wide and we are proud that the market’s enthusiastic response to these coins proves once more that the Royal Canadian Mint’s products are at the head of their class."

2012 Silver Moose Bullion Coin Designs and Specifications

Senior Royal Canadian Mint Engraver William Woodruff designed the reverse image of the moose which shows the massive creature among native vegetation. The moose can be found from Newfoundland to the Pacific Coast and is the largest land mammal in Canada. Surrounding the reverse design are the inscriptions of CANADA, 9999FINE SILVER1 OZARGENT PUR and the initials WW for the designer.

The obverse design shows the 2003 effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It was originally designed by Susanna Blunt. Obverse inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, 2012 and 5 DOLLARS.

Each coin is struck from the aforementioned one ounce of .9999 fine silver which is the same pure silver used in the Mint’s world-famous Silver Maple Leaf bullion issues.

Bullion Coin Distribution

Bullion products from the Royal Canadian Mint, like the Maple Leaf and Canadian Wildlife Series coins, are not sold directly to the public by the Mint. Instead, they are offered through a network of bullion dealers. These dealers resell the coins to the public for a price close to the current market value of the precious metal contained within them.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

bill March 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

what will the next two designs be?

im guessing a polar bear, salmon or a whale or maybe a yetti

george glazener March 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I vote for an Ewok. Or maybe a Wookie….

RonnieBGood March 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Your just about to crack me up!

But go easy on Canada, the largest US trading partner… aye

george glazener March 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

That’s “EH”….

Mais oiu, J’taime Canada…! Especially Quebec and Cape Breton Island. Jolly good folk, the lot of ’em. Come to think of it, we need a Natalie McMaster Silver dollar commem…!! Gordon Lightfoot too..!! I’ll give some of the boys in Congress a call in the morning. They need something productive to do

RonnieBGood March 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

What was that, eh. Hard of hearing…

george glazener March 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Snoozed during French class, eh??
“J’taime” means “I Love..”

Canada is an awesome country to visit. From the rugged ocean swept bluffs of Cape Breton Nova Scotia, ringing with Scottish Fiddle Music, to the rich French heritage of Quebec City, to the soaring and majestic Canadian Rockies, and all the way to the diversity and elegance of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is chock full of rich history, exciting and beautiful scenery, and very friendly and plain spoken people.

Munze March 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Hi George … Alors, actuellement, en français on dirait “je t’aime”, which means “I love YOU”. But regardless of how it’s said I agree completely. Every visit I’ve made to that great country has been fascinating. I couldn’t describe the scenery or the people better than you did.

Not to mention that they prove it’s possible to have successful circulating $1 and $2 coins, as well as measuring in nice logical SI units. 🙂

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