The 2023 Grizzly Bear Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the power and strength of one of the most majestic creatures in the Canadian wilderness. Artist Emily Damstra has masterfully crafted an image that captures the essence of this amazing animal, putting it on display for all to see.
The grizzly bear is a fascinating creature that has long been revered for its strength and resilience. With this coin, collectors can now bring a piece of that majesty home with them. Available in both pure gold and silver editions, the 2023 Grizzly Bear Coin is a true work of art, honoring one of the most iconic animals in Canadian history. Continue reading to discover more amazing facts about the grizzly bear and where to purchase this coin!
Facts About Grizzly Bears
Once on the brink of decline, grizzly bears have made an incredible comeback thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. Today, these majestic creatures continue to be a protected species in the United States and a species of special concern in Canada.
Here are some other interesting facts:
- Grizzly bear attacks can be dangerous and usually happen when a hiker accidentally stumbles on a mother bear with her cubs. Bears normally avoid human contact.
- A male grizzly’s territory can range as wide as 1500 square kilometres.
- When hibernating, grizzlies convert excess urea into protein, creating additional muscle mass. Thanks to this key adaptation, grizzly bears do not need to eliminate waste during hibernation.
- In preparation to hibernate, a grizzly bear can gain as much as 180 kilograms from all of the food they hunt and eat. This hibernation period can last anywhere from five to seven months.
- Grizzly bears control their forearms with a large muscle in their upper backs. This is the reason why their backs are crowned with a distinctive hump.
- When standing at full height on its hind legs, a male grizzly can be up to 3 metres tall.
If that is not enough to inspire awe, the very name of these creatures captures it well. Grizzly is based on the word “grisly”, which means scary or gruesome. The name may also refer to the way that their fur is silver-tipped or “grizzled.”
Beauty and Power Captured in a Collectible Grizzly Bear Coin
The award-winning artist Emily Damstra has designed many coins for the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin is proofed with multiple frostings which realistically portray the grizzly bear who proudly stands atop a mountain crag. This image highlights the solitary hunting patterns of these majestic animals.
One of the most stunning features of this 2023 Grizzly Bear Coin is its use of ultra-high relief. This modern minting technique creates several layers of the relief, adding depth and detail to the image. Notice the different engraving depths of the trees, clouds, mountain crags, and even the features of the grizzly itself.
The fierce roar and battle-ready pose of the grizzly bear on the coin’s reverse side suggests that in this scene, the creature has stumbled upon a threat to its territory. Its raised paw communicates its readiness to strike whatever foe may have invaded its territory.
The strength behind these paws is nothing to scoff at, which is why in nature it is advisable to give these animals respect. Thankfully, with this unique coin, you can marvel at the majesty and fierceness of a grizzly bear defending its natural habitat without any fear of danger or injury to yourself.
Explore Other Animal Coin Designs By Emily Damstra
Whether you are interested in gold coins, silver coins, or coins with a combination of both metals, our collection at Colonial Acres features many designs by Emily Damstra, including past-year grizzly bear coins. Some other coins Emily has designed include but are not limited to the 2014 Maple Canopy: Autumn Allure $20 Coin and the 2013 $50 The Beaver 5oz Silver coin. Depictions of nature featured in some circulating coins can surely impress, but few artists can invoke the awe and intricate detail that Emily does in her engraving designs.
With the new 2023 Grizzly Bear Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint, collectors can treasure the power of this captivating creature forever. Whether you collect coins or simply appreciate their beauty, this premium muse absolutely belongs in your collection. Don’t miss out on this exclusive coin and many more available now from Colonial Acres Coins!