The Royal Canadian Mint’s latest bullion coin from its Grey Wolf Series features a howling wolf against an enlarged moon.
Containing 3/4 oz. of .9999 fine silver, the $2 silver coin marks the third annual issue in the program which celebrates wolves.
Encircling the Grey Wolf and over-sized moon are inscriptions of CANADA, 2017, 9999, FINE SILVER, 3/4 OZ, ARGENT PUR.
Obverses offer the traditional portrait of the Queen by Susanna Blunt. Surrounding inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA and 2 DOLLARS for the face value. The effigy appears against a background of radial lines.
Security enhancements include radial lines on both coin sides. For added security against counterfeiting, a micro-engraved maple leaf is lasered on the reverse — below the moon and to the right. Centered within it is the number "17" to denote the coin’s year of issue. The number is visible only under magnification.
Specifications as provided by the Royal Canadian Mint are:
- Mintage Limit: None
- Composition: .9999 fine silver
- Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated
- Content: 3/4 troy ounce
- Diameter: 38.1 mm
- Thickness: 2.4 mm
- Edge: Reeded
- Denomination: $2
Previous 3/4 oz. Grey Wolf Series coins feature a lone howling wolf in the forest (2015) and a pair of howling wolves under the moon (2016).
Coin and bullion dealers are selling the coins individually, in 30-coin rolls and 600-coin Monster Boxes.
Prices for the latest coin range from about $15.50 to 18.50 per coin with discounts available when buying at larger quantities.
Here are a two larger photos of a 2017 $2 Canadian 3/4 oz. Silver Wolf Moon Bullion Coin reverse: