The Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coins are a Royal Canadian Mint struck series containing reverse imagery dedicated to the abundant wildlife of Canada. This series features a total of six unique silver bullion coins released by the Mint over a three-year period.
Coins in the series are each minted to the exacting standards collectors and investors have come to expect from the Royal Canadian Mint for their bullion products including a composition of .9999 fine silver.
In addition, while the Canadian Wildlife coins are designed for investors, an extremely limited mintage of only 1,000,000 coins per design has many collectors interested in them as well. Consequently, the Mint’s network of bullion dealers have been known to request the entire mintage of the bullion pieces before they are even introduced to the public by the Mint.
The first five releases of the Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coin Program feature animals well-known to those who are familiar with Canadian wildlife, and could almost be considered iconic of the creatures one would find in the country.
They coins are, in the order of their release:
2011 Canadian Wolf Silver Bullion Coin – Although 2010-dated, this coin was released in September 2010 and features a reverse design showcasing the wolf standing on a snowy landscape with a full moon depicted in the sky behind it. The design was completed by Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff. (Read coin details.)
2011 Canadian Grizzly Silver Bullion Coin – Issued in late January of 2011, the Grizzly Coin depicts the bear on all fours standing near a body of water. The bear is shown as if in mid-roar. This reverse was also designed by Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff. (Read coin details.)
2012 Canadian Cougar Silver Bullion Coin – Although 2012-dated, it is issued for September 2011. The reverse design portrays the Canadian cougar with its front paws grasped on a fallen inclined tree limb baring its large teeth with an open mouth. (Read coin details.)
2012 Canadian Moose Silver Bullion Coin - The Royal Canadian Mint first announced the release of the final 2012-dated issued in early February, although it did not begin to appear through bullion distribution channels until toward the end of February and early March. The reverse design portrays the Canadian moose among its native environment. (Read coin details.)
2013 Canadian Pronghorn Antelope Silver Bullion Coin – This first 2013-dated issue was first announced by the Royal Canadian Mint at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia held August 7-11, 2012. The reverse design portrays the Pronghorn antelope in a field of grass. Expectation are that distributors will have them for sale beginning in September 2012.)
The obverse of all coins in the series have a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of England along with the inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, 5 DOLLARS and the year. As indicated by those inscriptions, the series features a face value of 5 dollars, however, as a strike containing one ounce of .9999 fine silver, the real value is based on its content.
Reverse inscriptions on each coin include CANADA and 9999 FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR. Each coin in the program is struck at the Royal Canadian Mint’s Ottawa facility to the same standards used for the popular Silver Maple Leaf Bullion Coin.