A series that bullion collectors have no doubt been waiting for with baited breath after the completion of the Birds of Prey silver bullion programme, the Royal Canadian Mint have taken the wraps off their new silver series. Called Predator, the four-coin series will likely be launched on a two-coins per year basis (TBC), and has the same specification as in previous series, Birds of Prey, and Canadian Wildlife. Limited to a one million mintage per coin, this relatively huge number is no hinderence to these coins having some appreciation, likely because the monster selling Maple has none, and in the context of the Maple, the mintage of these is under 5% of those.

The design in our view, is far superior to the often poor Canadian Wildlife series that preceded the Birds of Prey. The debut Cougar coin is quite a superb looking piece of art by RCM regular Emily Damstra, and if the rest of the series maintains this standard we can see this being a set of coins with potential to attain a good semi-numismatic status, with all the price stability that often brings through some isolation from being exclusively tied to the spot price.

Also having its Berlin debut, the latest Call of the Wild gold bullion coin depicting the Roaring Bear has launched. Minted to demand, we’ve always liked the designs of these and this is no exception. Those fortunate enough to be able to collect these will have no complaints we’re sure. We’ll try to pick up a Cougar at the show and get some better images.


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.




$5 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 31.1 g 38.0 mm BULLION 1,000,000 NO