Orcas swimming in a pristine marine environment appear on the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest release from its Wildlife in Motion series of $100 for $100 silver coins.
As with all other coins in the series, each may be purchased at its legal tender face value of CAD $100, or about US $77. Each is composed of 99.99% pure silver and weighs 31.83 grams.
"Own this stunning coin in the groundbreaking $100 for $100 series," touts the Royal Canadian Mint. "Bold design. Expert craftsmanship. Highest-quality silver from the Mint."
Seven coins from the series preceded the Orca release. They include:
- 2013 $100 Bison silver coin, debuting in May 2013
- 2014 $100 Grizzly silver coin, released in September 2013
- 2014 $100 Bald Eagle silver coin, debuted in January 2014
- 2014 $100 Bighorn Sheep silver coin, issued in June 2014
- 2015 $100 Horse silver coin, first appearing in February 2015
- 2015 $100 Muskox silver coin, launched in July 2015
- 2016 $100 Cougar silver coin, appearing in September 2015
Program coins had mintages ranging from 45,000 to 50,000. The higher mintage remains in place for this Orca coin.
Designs and Specifications of 2016 $100 Orca Silver Coin
Royal Canadian Mint artist Trevor Tennant designed the image of two orcas found on the coin’s reverse or tails side. It shows the pair swimming with a shoreline visible off in the distance.
Inscribed above the image are CANADA and 2016. The face value inscription of 100 DOLLARS is seen below. Off to the right are the artist’s initials of TT.
As traditional, the coin’s obverse or heads side feature the Susanna Blunt portrait of the Queen with ELIZABETH II inscribed to the left and D G REGINA to the right.
Specifications for the silver coin include:
- Mintage: 50,000
- Composition: 99.99% pure silver
- Finish: matte proof
- Weight (g): 31.83
- Diameter (mm): 40
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: not serialized
- Face value: 100 dollars
- Reverse Artist: Trevor Tennant
- Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt
The $100 Orca Silver Coin is available from the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca. An affiliate link to the Mint’s $100 for $100 coins is right here.
An illustrated display box accompanies each purchase. There is a household ordering limit of three in place.
I don’t know why the RCM is monetizing coins this high when everybody should know that banks won’t exchange the coins for their face value.
These coins will trade for their intrinsic value and nothing more.