Canadian 2017 ‘Predator’ and ‘Call of the Wild’ Bullion Coins Released

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2017 Elk Gold Coin and 2017 Lynx Silver Coin
Shown are the Royal Canadian Mint's 2017 $200 Elk Gold Bullion Coin from its "Call of the Wild" series and its 2017 $5 Lynx Silver Coin from its "Predator" series. The two bullion coins made their official debut on Mar. 9, 2017.

On Thursday, Mar. 9, the Royal Canadian Mint announced the release of two bullion products — a silver coin depicting a leaping lynx and a gold coin showing a bugling elk.

2017 Elk Gold Coin and 2017 Lynx Silver Coin
Shown are the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2017 $200 Elk 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin from its “Call of the Wild” series and its 2017 $5 Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin from its “Predator” series. The two bullion coins made their official debut on Mar. 9, 2017.

The 2017 $5 Canadian Lynx Silver Coin is in an ounce of 99.99% pure silver. Designed by Emily Damstra, the wild cat appears leaping toward its prey and against a background of precise radial lines. Inscriptions include CANADA, 9999, FINE SILVER, 1 OZ, ARGENT PUR and ED for the artist’s initials.

Predator Series 2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin
Predator Series 2017 $5 Canadian Lynx 1 oz Silver Coin

This bullion coin is the second issue from the Mint’s four-coin "Predator" series and it is restricted to a more exclusive mintage of 500,000 pieces. The series debuted last year with the leaping Cougar coin, which was limited to 1 million pieces.

The 2017 $200 Canadian Elk Gold Coin is the latest release from the Royal Canadian Mint’s "Call of the Wild" series. The program of coins offers five nines of purity at 99.999% and are the highest denominated among the world’s 1-ounce gold bullion coins. The series kicked off in 2014 and has featured a howling wolf, growling cougar and roaring grizzly. These coins are minted to demand.

Call of the Wild Series 2017 $200 Canadian Elk 1 oz Gold Coin
Call of the Wild Series 2017 $200 Canadian Elk 1 oz Gold Coin

Designed by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc, the elk appears against 8 thick lines representing the sound waves of the animal’s distinct bugle. Inscriptions around the design are CANADA, FINE GOLD, 99999 and 1 OZ OR PUR.

Call of the Wild Series 2017 $200 Canadian Elk 1 oz Gold Coin, Packaging
The gold piece ships within unique packaging that includes a certificate of purity. The front and back sides of the packaging are shown above.

This product features credit card-style packaging and includes a certificate of purity signed by the Mint’s Chief Assayer.

Both bullion coins carry a micro-engraved maple leaf mint mark for enhanced security. They also share obverse portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, by Susanna Blunt, with encircling inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA, and 2017.

Like other world mints, the Royal Canadian Mint does not sell bullion coins directly to the public. Instead, buyers are encouraged to contact a reputable bullion dealer to order them. The new gold pieces are selling for about $64 over spot while the silver coins are going for roughly $4 over spot. Discounts are available when buying them at larger quantities.

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