2011-2013 Canadian Wildlife Silver Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint offered an impressive series of six .9999 fine one-ounce silver bullion coins issued from 2011 to 2013. There were six different wildlife themed designs issued, each which carried a mintage of only one million pieces. The beautiful designs and limited mintages made this series extremely popular with both collectors and precious metals investors.
The first design of the series featured the Timber Wolf. The new series was announced to the public in late 2010, with the coins carrying the 2011 date. Beneath the central design was an indication of the precious metal weight and purity. The obverse carried the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the legal tender face value of 5 Dollars.
Subsequent designs of the series included the Grizzly (2011), Cougar (2012), Moose (2012), Pronghorn Antelope (2013), and Wood Bison (2013). The first four designs of the series were created by William Woodruff, with the final two designs created by Emily Damstra. Each new design was unveiled shortly before the coins were offered to the public, adding some anticipation for those following the series.
The limited mintage of only one million coins per design was produced at the Royal Canadian Mint's Ottawa facility. The mintage limited helped to further differentiate the series from the Silver Maple Leaf, which is produced annually based on overall demand. By imposing a mintage limit for the Wildlife coins, an aspect of scarcity was added to the appeal of the 99.99% fine silver bullion coins.
After the first two releases of the series sold out, premiums developed for both the Timber Wolf and Canadian Grizzly designs as demand outweighed the limited mintage produced. Subsequent designs also sold out of their full mintage.
This site includes a selection of Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coins available for sale. This includes all six different designs of the series issued from 2011 to 2013.