Editor's note: The following is the third of a multi-part Coin World series about the prominence of bison on coins from all over the world prepared by Jeff Starck for the August 2014 monthly edition of Coin World.
Read the earlier posts in the series:
The American bison and its worldly relatives are increasingly popular topics for new world coins, with a bevy of bison coins issued in the past three years.
When the Royal Canadian Mint issues two coins showing bison in its Aug. 5 launch, it will bring to 14 the tally of Canadian coins featuring bison in their design in the past three years.
From a series of silver $20 coins to precious metal versions and bullion releases, just about every scene imaginable showing bison has been seen on recent collector coins.
Canada is not alone in issuing a bevy of bison coins in that period, with Belarus, Niue, Poland and Tuvalu, among others, showcasing the stalwart of the American Plains or its relatives, Canada’s wood bison and the European bison.
Bullion, affordable options
Recent coins offer collectors of all budgets the opportunity to build a bison collection.
Affordable options include the 2013 2-zloty coin from Poland, which retails for about $3 to $5 in U.S. funds, thanks to its circulating status and low face value (equivalent to about 66 cents U.S.).
The Nordic gold shows two bison nearly head-to-head. The coin has a mintage of 1 million pieces.