As is tradition with the Royal Canadian Mint coins, on the obverse sign is the lovely Queen Elizabeth II herself looking off in right-profile portrait, designed by Susanna Blunt, the famous Canadian artist who won the 2003 national portrait competition.
Susanna’s design has been the official obverse side design since 2003, until late 2015 following the release of the latest portrait of the Queen. There have been five portraits of the Queen for Royal Canadian Mint since 1952 when the Queen took the throne.
The reverse side of the coin features the popular and standard silver maple leaf design with the majestic howling wolf privy. You’ll also discover the weight of the coinage in addition to its purity of .9999. The reverse side of this coin also features a unique Proof 70 finish.
About the Canadian Grey Wolf
The grey wolf is native to parts of North America, including Canada, as well as Eurasia. This sacred animal is also referred to as the timber wolf, or the western wolf. As a native to Canada, the grey wolf is known for its larger size, its greyish color and its less-pointed features. It is a member of the genus Canis, and is the second most specialized wolf, next to the Ethiopian wolf.
Meaning, the grey wolf is not highly-adaptable and is limited to specific climates and regions, which is why it’s mainly found in North America and Eurasia. The wolf is one of the most respected animals in the world and is also one of the most researched and written about animals. The wolf’s history with man is one of both friend and foe.
The Canadian Maple Leaf History
The sugar maple leaf is the national symbol of Canada, and is featured on coinage, the country’s flag, sports logos, airlines, restaurants, and more. Historically, the maple leaf was adopted by Canada as the country’s national symbol and emblem in the late 18th Century by French Canadians.
Montreal’s first official Mayor declared the sugar maple leaf as “the kind of our forest…the symbol of the Canadian people.” It was added to the country’s coat of arms in 1868 in Quebec and Ontario, and then later in 1921, it was added to Canada’s coat of arms.
It was in 1979 that the Royal Canadian Mint began to produce its very first maple leaf coinage. Maple leafs were produced in silver and gold as well as platinum and palladium bullion coinage.