The Royal Canadian Mint has made available the next in its very popular $100 for $100 ‘Wildlife in Motion’ coins. Previous coins in the series have all sold out and this one has had its mintage reduced by 10% to just 45,000, so we’d expect this one to disappear as well, especially in light of the dynamic artwork. Making their debut in May 2013 with the excellent ‘Bison’, the next two coins came in September with the ‘Grizzly Bear‘ and then the ‘Bald Eagle‘ in January this year. All have shown the Royal Canadian Mint at the top of its game, much more so than the relatively disappointing ‘Canadian Wildlife’ series of six semi-numismatic bullion coins that finished last year.
This time around we have a pair of Bighorn Sheep about to clash heads in a characteristic display of dominance. Designed by regular RCM artist Claudio D’Angelo, we think it’s a well-detailed, excellently posed piece of work and will be deservedly popular.
Bighorn sheep are named for the large, curved horns borne by the rams (males). Ewes (females) also have horns, but they are shorter with less curvature. Males typically weigh 58–143 kg, are around a metre tall at the shoulder, and up to 2m long from the nose to the tail. Male bighorn sheep have large horn cores, enlarged cornual and frontal sinuses, and internal bony septa. These adaptations serve to protect the brain by absorbing the impact of clashes picked up when the animals attempt to gain dominance by horn clashes.
Weighing in at a troy-ounce and being slightly larger than the industry norm at 40mm diameter instead of 38.6mm, the coin is packaged in an attractive custom box covered in Bighorn Sheep art and information, a nice touch. Shipping on 25 June and limited to US and Canadian buyers at three per household, the coin is up for pre-order now and as of today is already over 80% sold-out at the mint.
|DENOMINATION||$100 CANADIAN DOLLARS|
|REVERSE ARTIST||CLAUDIO D’ANGELO|
|OBVERSE ARTIST||SUSANNA BLUNT|
|C.O.A.||YES (NOT SERIALISED)|