The 2012 Canadian Cougar Silver Coin
The 2012 Canadian Cougar is the third release in the Royal Mint’s three-year, six-coin Canadian Wildlife series which is entering it’s second year of production in 2012. The Canadian Wildlife series of coins features reverse designs which represent Canada’s wildlife and each year the Royal Canadian Mint will be releasing two annual issues from this extraordinarily anticipated coin series through 2013.
The 2012 Canadian Cougar coin’s reverse depicts a Canadian Cougar with it’s mouth open and front paws upon a fallen tree. Designed by William Woodruff who is the Royal Mint’s Senior Engraver and designer, the image of the Canadian Cougar does an excellent job of portraying the creature’s unbelievable power and beauty. William Woodruff designed the reverse of the 2011 Canadian Grizzly as well.
On the 2012 Canadian Cougar coin’s obverse, designed by acclaimed Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt, is Queen Elizabeth II. The top of the coin reads “ELIZABETH II” and the bottom, “5 DOLLARS 2011″. and Susanna Blunt’s initials can be found on Queen Elizabeth’s shoulder. The Silver Canadian Grizzly is struck in one ounce of 99.99% pure silver, bears a face value of five dollars, and is extremely limited in mintage making these coins a highly demanded collectible by coin enthusiasts around the globe.
Canadian coins, unlike others of the British Commonwealth, do not exhibit the familiar portrait of the Queen which was created by Ian Rank-Broadley. Canadian coins portray the image of the Queen without a crown by artist Susanna Blunt. Susanna Blunt studied at London’s Royal Academy of Arts before moving on to become a teacher in San Francisco. She was born in 1941 in Harbin, China and has spent most of her life teaching in both private and public institutions including the University of Columbia.
Having gained recognition for her portraits of public figures such as Prince Edward, Blunt was invited to participate in a competition held by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2003 where her profile of the Queen without a crown was selected and can be seen today on the Royal Canadian Mint’s collectible coins as well as Canada’s circulating currency.
The Royal Canadian Mint produces Canada’s collector coins and medals such as the 2012 Canadian Cougar and the famous Canadian Maple Leaf. The mint is located on Ottawa and opened in 1908 as a branch of the Royal Mint in London. The Royal Canadian Mint has developed a reputation for high quality and innovation having set the standard for 24 karat gold coins in 1979 with the Gold Maple Leaf which was the world’s first mass produced .9999 fine gold coins. It was the first mint ever to produce numismatic gold coins of 99.9999% pure gold in 1998.
The Royal Canadian Mint is exclusively responsible for the production and distribution of the 2012 Canadian Cougar coins and has placed an aggressively strict, low mintage on them making the demand for these coins and those of the Canadian Wildlife series more unprecedented than ever before. These coins are sure to sell out to collectors all over the globe very quickly.
The powerful and agile cougar is found throughout North and South America and has a range all the way from British Columbia to Chile. This incredible animal is known by many different names throughout many cultures. Names such as puma, mountain lion, panther, catamount, and gato monte (cat of the mountain). They are the largest cat in Canada and the fourth largest in the world weighing up to 230 pounds, while measuring more than six feet in length. As frightening as the creatures are, it is amazing to note that cougars cannot roar but are the largest cats that can purr.
The 2012 Canadian Cougar Silver coin weighs 31.11 g, has a diameter of 38 mm, a thickness of 3.15 mm, and is composed of .9999 fine silver.
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