The Royal Canadian Mint announced the newest addition to its
Wildlife silver bullion series Feb. 3 at the World Money Fair in Berlin.
The fourth design from a series of six Wildlife 1-ounce silver
bullion coin features an image of the majestic creature, which roams
Canada’s forests from Newfoundland to the Pacific Coast.
The reverse of the Moose coin was designed by Senior Mint Engraver
William Woodruff, who designed the previous three coins in the
six-coin, three-year Canadian Wildlife series.
The 2012 Moose coin is limited to a mintage of 1 million coins
(the same mintage as for the three previous releases, the 2011 Wolf
and Grizzly Bear coins and the 2012 Cougar coin).
The obverse of the Moose coin carries the Susanna Blunt effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II and the face value.
The 2012 Moose coin is among about a handful of Canadian coins to
depict a moose, the first being the .500 fine silver dollar
celebrating the centennial of Canada’s national parks in 1985 and the
most recent (other than the 2012 coin) a colorful Proof 2009 .583 fine
gold $75 Olympics coin.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased that its bullion coins
continue to attract customers from around the world and receive
persistent acclaim for their purity, quality and craftsmanship,” said
Ian E. Bennett, president and CEO of the RCM, in a statement. “The
Mint’s Silver Wildlife bullion coin series has been a perennial
success with investors and collectors world-wide and we are proud that
the market’s enthusiastic response to these coins proves once more
that the Royal Canadian Mint’s products are at the head of their class.”
The coins are produced at the Ottawa Mint to the same
specifications as the Maple Leaf 1-ounce silver coins, weighing 31.1
grams and measuring 38 millimeters in diameter.
The RCM does not intend for the Wildlife series to compete with
sales of the traditional Maple Leaf coins. The Maple Leaf program
began with gold coins in 1979 and was expanded to include silver coins
The special 2012 bullion coins are issued at the same prices and
with the same premiums as the standard Maple Leaf coins of the same
specifications, according to RCM officials.
The 2012 Moose silver bullion coins will soon be available through
the Mint’s network of bullion distributors.
The Canadian Wildlife series is scheduled to continue through
early 2013. Of the program’s six coins, two designs remain to be
disclosed. The next design in the series will be announced later in
2012 for the first coin to be dated 2013.
Two coins are being released each year, one coin unveiled annually
at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, usually
conducted in August, and one unveiled at the World Money Fair in
Berlin, conducted in late January or early February.
The RCM does not sell its bullion coins directly to consumers; it
instead offers them through a network of dealers and distributors, for
a varying percentage above spot price, depending on the order size.
The U.S. Mint employs a similar system for distributing its American
Eagle and American Buffalo bullion coins. ■