Outstanding Iconic Animals

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Nature is an integral part of Canada’s national identity. Throughout its vast wilderness are species that tower above all others as iconic national symbols. These magnificent animals have shaped Canada’s character and reign as cornerstones in the rich cultural legacy of its Indigenous peoples. This new series honours five pillars of the Canadian wild. Each coin features a meticulously crafted sculpture mounted on its surface to bring unprecedented dimension, look and feel to its design—and what better species to place on such a pedestal for the first coin than the grizzly bear!

This is the first of a 2017 5-coin series that would be issued by the Mint.  In 2017, the Mint will be issuing the following iconic animals to complete the set:

February – Cougar

April – Elk (includes the collector case)

June – Bighorn Sheep

September – Wolf


Coin Specifications

Mintage:          1,200

Composition:   99.9% pure silver with gold plating

Finish:  proof

Weight (g):       315.71 (10.2 ounces of silver)

Diameter (mm):           65

Edge:   serrated

Face value:      100 dollars

Artist:   Karl Lansing (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

Image and description courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint (http://www.mint.ca/store/coins/coin-prod2811352?lang=en_CA&sp_mid=15786783&sp_rid=bXNvdXphMTg2NkBnbWFpbC5jb20S1&spMailingID=15786783&spUserID=MzE0Mjg4MDY3ODcxS0&spJobID=900240197&spReportId=OTAwMjQwMTk3S0#.WBkgP9UrLIU)

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