There are three primary species of caribou left in North America: the barren-ground caribou, the Alaskan caribou, and the boreal woodland caribou. The latter numbers roughly 34,000 across Canada and is a sedentary animal as opposed to its migratory cousins.
All caribou are a subspecies of reindeer living on the North American continent. While the barren-ground caribou and Alaskan caribou tend to live in large congregations and typically only disperse during calving, the woodland boreal follows a different pattern. Most woodland boreal caribou live in smaller groups dispersed from other herds. The woodland caribou disperse even further apart at calving time.
Not only does the woodland caribou live in smaller herds isolated from one another during the winter months, but the woodland caribou is also relatively sedentary compared to the Alaskan caribou and barren-ground caribou. While these two subspecies move over great distances throughout the spring, summer, and fall, the boreal woodland caribou is sedentary and migrates within a 50-150 km range at a maximum.
Queen Elizabeth II is depicted in right-profile relief on the 2020 1/4 oz Canadian Gold Woodland Caribou Reverse Proof coin. It depicts the Queen in a fourth-generation design created by Susanna Blunt in 2003. In this design, the Queen is elegant and featured without the crown on her head.
A boreal woodland caribou is featured on the reverse of 2020 1/4 Canadian Gold Woodland Caribou Reverse Proof coins. The woodland caribou is the only member of the deer species in which the female members of the species grow antlers. The female grows much smaller antlers than the male and sheds her antlers during pregnancy.
These 2020 1/4 oz Canadian Gold Woodland Caribou Reverse Proof Coins are available to purchase here today with individual protective plastic flips, mint tubes, or Monster Boxes of 800 coins. Each individual coin has reverse-proof visuals with frosted background fields and mirrored design elements.