Collecting coins can be a gratifying hobby – not only do you get to see tangible pieces of history, but if you choose wisely, your collection could increase in value over time. Some collectors love to look for coins around a specific theme. A great place to start a new collection is with an animal theme. Canada is home to many incredible animals and you’ll find a wide selection of wildlife coins at Colonial Acres. In this post, we’ll explore some of the coins released over the years by the Royal Canadian Mint that showcase wildlife in Canada.
2019 Wildlife Treasures 5-Coin Set
If you’re just getting started in coin collecting, the Wildlife Treasures set is a great way to dip your foot in the water. This 2019 50-cent set is a collaboration between the Royal Canadian Mint and the Toronto Zoo.
This exclusive set acquaints you with five unique animals that are endemic to Canada, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world.
- Johansen’s Sulphur
- Peary caribou
- Copper redhorse
- Vancouver Island marmot
- Kermode bear
It’s packaged in a blister to protect the coins from dust and grime. The presentation card highlights the coin designs and appears like a magazine editorial for added interest. It would make a great gift or a starter piece for any coin collection.
A Portrait of Canada 2022 Wildlife Collage $50 Coin
This 2022 $50 fine silver coin features all things wildlife in Canada. It’s a coin that showcases the diversity of the seasons across Canada. It’s a collage of the aurora borealis, the Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, wheat fields, and the animals you see in your wallet that are the face of Canadian circulation coins. This beautifully designed, colourful collage is framed by a maple leaf and includes several maple leaves as a backdrop. It is a must-have for any coin collection that exhibits Canada’s natural wonders.
2012 Silver Coin Featuring a Bull Moose by Robert Bateman
Here are some interesting facts about the Bull Moose and the artist that designed this unique coin:
- This 2012 $20 silver coin featuring the impressive bull moose has a mintage of 7,500, which makes this coin highly collectible.
- The coin was issued for the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Appropriately, it was designed by an Honorary Life Member of CWF, Robert Bateman.
- This coin features Robert Bateman’s signature, which is a first for the RCM.
- The bull moose is the largest member of the deer family.
- A male can weigh up to 635 kilograms and is 7 feet tall at his shoulders.
Canadian Lynx Featured in this 2017 Magical Coin
The Canadian lynx is considered a keystone species of the boreal forests. While it’s not an endangered species, it is considered rare to see one of these beautiful creatures, once trapped for its fur coat. This 2017 $30 sterling silver coin features the lynx under a full moon and thanks to the glow-in-the-dark technology it really brings this enchanting night scene to life.
It is part of a four-coin collection of Canadian wildlife coins showcasing mesmerizing wilderness scenes of a cougar, lynx, orcas, and an owl, all basking under the enchanting moonlight.
Grizzly Bear Highlighted in Canadian Wildlife Coin Series
The grizzly bear is another keystone species that is vitally important to the Canadian ecosystem. Grizzlies disperse seeds, fertilize forests, help regulate prey and till the land. These majestic bears are also important to First Nations culture and the tourism industry.
In 2015, the Royal Canadian Mint started issuing a series of four $20 silver coins honouring this strong mammal that is considered a symbol of Canada’s wilderness.
Each of these released coins features the adult grizzly bear in a variety of situations.
- Catching a fish in the wild.
- An intense and powerful battle between two grizzly bears
- Most people imagine the grizzly as a predator, but one coin depicts a softer side of the bear and the relationship between the male and female.
- A mother grizzly with 2 cubs. She is training the next generation of her species.
The Royal Canadian Mint’s wildlife coins are a fantastic addition to any collection, bringing together exquisite craftsmanship and Canadian pride. Each coin tells a story, capturing unique moments through its depiction of the wildlife in its habitat. Whether you’re seeking a unique souvenir, a gift for a fellow collector, or a new piece for your own collection, Colonial Acres Coins has an excellent selection of these coins. Dive into the world of coin collecting and start gathering these remarkable historical pieces today by shopping online!