The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new silver bullion coin
celebrating the wolf.
The 2017 Howling Wolf $2 coin contains three-fourths of an ounce of
silver and is the third issue in a series of this size silver bullion
coin celebrating wolves. The series began in 2015.
The reverse of the 2017 coin portrays an over-sized moon rising
behind the wolf as he lets out his eerie howl into the night sky.
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The obverse carries Susanna Blunt’s design of Queen Elizabeth II,
along with the $2 face value.
Known officially as Canis lupus, the grey wolf is the largest
canine species on the North American continent. Though its range once
spread throughout much of the northern United States and Canada, today
30 percent of the grey wolf population in the world is found in
Canada, with more in the United States. However, grey wolves have made
a remarkable comeback from near-extinction and now are celebrated in
.9999 fine silver.
Connecting coins, the arts, and American
Another column in the August 7 monthly issue of Coin World
continues with the art theme, as the artists who’ve designed our
most gorgeous pieces of paper currency are profiled.
The coin features the standard security enhancements found on
recent Canadian bullion coins, including radial lines on both the
obverse and reverse, a micro-engraved maple leaf with the numeral “17”
in the middle on the reverse, and a reeded edge.
The coin is offered three ways: individually in protective plastic,
in 30-coin rolls, and in 600-coin “monster boxes” containing 20 rolls
of 30 coins each.
There is no mintage limit for the coin.
Major bullion distributors offer the coin at various premiums
depending on quantity purchased and payment method.