2017 $5 Canadian Lynx Silver Bullion Coin Photos

by Mike Unser on March 24, 2017 · 4 comments

The Royal Canadian Mint announced the latest product from its "Predator" bullion series, the 2017 $5 Canadian Lynx Silver Coin.

Predator Series 2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin

A CoinNews photo of a Predator Series 2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Bullion Coin

Struck in 1 ounce of 99.99% fine silver, this second series coin depicts a lynx leaping towards its prey. The wild cat appears against a background of precise radial lines that emanate from coin’s center, creating a light-diffracting pattern that rotates under light.

2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin-Obverse and Reverse

The obverse and reverse of a Lynx Bullion Coin

The reverse artwork was completed by Canadian coin designer and nature illustrator Emily Damstra. Encircling the wild cat are inscriptions of CANADA, 9999, FINE SILVER, 1 OZ, ARGENT PUR and ED for the artist’s initials.

Here are a few larger photos of a reverse.

2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin

Reverse (tails) side of coin

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Another view of a reverse

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One more view of a reverse

An micro-engraved maple leaf is lasered below the lynx for enhanced security. Centered within it is the number "17," denoting the coin’s year of issue and visible only under magnification. Here’s a closer view of the marking:

Micro-engraved maple leaf mint mark

Micro-engraved maple leaf mint mark

Designed by Susanna Blunt, obverses offer the traditional portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with surrounding inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, 5 DOLLARS, D G REGINA, and 2017. Similar to the reverse, the effigy appears against a background of radial lines.

Here are a two larger photos of an obverse:

2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin-Obverse,b

Obverse (heads) side of coin

2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin-Obverse,a

Another photo of an obverse

Specifications as provided by the Royal Canadian Mint are:

  • Mintage: 500,000
  • Composition: .9999 fine silver
  • Finish: Bullion finish with brilliant frosted reliefs
  • Content: 1 troy ounce
  • Diameter: 38 mm
  • Thickness: 3.29 mm
  • Edge: serrated
  • Face value: $5
  • Reverse Artist: Emily Damstra
  • Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt

The first coin from the "Predator" series featured a leaping cougar and was limited to a mintage of 1 million coins. This new release has a more restrictive mintage of 500,000 coins. Both pieces are available from coin and bullion dealers from about $4 to $6 over spot with discounts available when buying at larger quantities.

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Already bought one smile Nice looking coin.


I purchased one, it looks terrific. I will be getting more. This series is the best silver bullion series from the RCM in recent history.


@CoinsA-Z I have to agree. I hope they keep it going for a good long while!!


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