RCM issues fourth $100 silver coin in face value program

Canada's '$100-for-$100' series grows with coin for bighorn sheep
By , Coin World
Published : 06/19/14
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The fourth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Wildlife in Motion series of Matte Proof silver $100 coins sold at face value is now available.

The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep .9999 fine silver coin was released June 11, with delivery expected beginning June 25.

The powerful Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep is one of Canada’s most distinctive and identifiable wild sheep species.

The reverse of the new $100 coin, designed by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo, features a pair of the clashing titans on a wind-swept crag. 

“As the frigid winds of late autumn howl along the uninhabitable cliffs and high passes of Canada’s Rocky Mountain range, a titanic battle unfolds beyond the scope of human eyes. Two Rocky Mountain Bighorn rams square off, rising on hind legs, only to launch themselves at one another at speeds of more than 30 [kilometers] per hour. Skull meets skull, horn hammers horn, and the resulting crash can be heard one [kilometer] away,” according to the RCM.

The coin has a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces, the same as all three previous issues in the series.

Measuring 40 millimeters in diameter, the coin weighs 31.6 grams. 

Earlier releases celebrate the American bald eagle (2014), the grizzly bear (dated 2014, but issued in 2013) and the bison (2013). All three are sold out.

The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep coins are available from the Royal Canadian Mint to collectors in Canada and the United States at face value, plus shipping costs, with a limit of three coins per household.

Order at www.mint.ca or telephone the RCM at 800-267-1871.

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