Designs of the Canadian Wildlife Series
The Royal Canadian Mint rolled out six designs in all in the Canadian Wildlife Series between 2011 and 2013. The coin designs were issued in pairs, with two each in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Through the first four releases in 2011 and 2012, you will notice initials of “WW” on the reverse field.
Each of the designs in this series include:
- Timber Wolf: The debut design of the Timber Wolf captures the majestic predator standing in outsized proportion to the fir-tree woods in the distant background.
- Cougar: One of North America’s stealthiest predators, the cougar is known to live throughout Canada from coast-to-coast, occupying forests in the plains and mountains alike.
- Moose: One of the largest mammals on the North American continent, the moose is shown in this design with its thick fur and massive antlers.
- Pronghorn Antelope: The only member of its species found on the North American continent, the Pronghorn is common throughout the plains of Canada and is a favorite target of hunters.
- Wood Bison: In the final design of the series, the powerful wood bison is depicted as it runs through a shallow body of water.
On the obverse of all Canadian Wildlife Series coins, you will find an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is featured in right-profile relief in a 2003 design from Susanna Blunt. This design is notable for being the fourth on Canadian coins during Elizabeth II’s reign, the second monarch portrait ever created by a Canadian artist, and the first in Elizabeth II’s reign to lack a crown.