Berlin, Germany – February 5, 2016 – Building on the success of previous specialty bullion coin series, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new “Predator” 1 oz., 99.99% pure silver bullion coin series. It has also issued a new a 1 oz., 99.999% pure gold bullion coin from its “”Call of the Wild” series, featuring the “Roaring Grizzly”. Both coins were unveiled at the 2016 World Money Fair, the annual gathering of the world minting industry.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to produce bullion coins which stand out for their purity and security, as well as their distinctly Canadian character,” said Sandra L. Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “With these newest bullion coins, the Mint is showing it can both celebrate Canada while delivering excellence to the world’s precious metal investors.”
The 2016-dated Cougar is the first in a new four-coin, 1 oz., 99.99% pure silver bullion “Predator” series celebrating some of Canada’s most impressive animals of prey. This coin features the fearsome sight of a leaping cougar. Contrasted against a background of precise radial lines, this vivid illustration is the work of acclaimed Canadian coin designer and nature illustrator Emily Damstra. Coins from this new silver bullion series will be produced to a maximum mintage of one million.
The 2016-dated, Roaring Grizzly is the newest coin in the Mint’s 99.999% pure gold bullion “Call of the Wild” series. Its $200 denomination represents the highest value legal tender among the world’s 1 oz. gold bullion coins. The coin’s reverse is designed by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc, who has boldly illustrated an ominous grizzly bear, backed by lines representing the sound waves of his chilling roar. This gold bullion coin is presented in richly designed credit card-style packaging and will be produced to demand.
Both these coins feature the addition of a micro-engraved maple leaf mint mark for enhanced security.