This striking 2014 $125 coin depicts a surreal rendering of a wolf in profile, its pose betraying a guttural, haunting howl. The painstaking level of detail in his luxurious coat of fur is matched only by the fine engraving of the Boreal forest setting in the distance. Four separate finishes have been used across the surface of this coin, in tandem with deep engraving to lend a sculptural quality to this piece. The Royal Canadian Mint has crafted this superb coin in a precedent-setting half-kilogram size; over 16 ounces of 99.99% fine silver! A limited mintage of 1,000 coins. HST/GST exempt.
Your coin was designed by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc and presents a profile portrait of a howling wolf backed by a coniferous forest. The central feature of the image is the highly detailed right-side profile of the head of a wolf, its muzzle turned skyward and its mouth open in the wolf’s familiar howling pose. Using up to four separate finishes to emphasize the texture of the wolf’s coat across its face, muzzle, ears, and neck, and to bring a lifelike gleam to its haunting eye, Royal Canadian Mint engravers have lent additional beauty to the artistry of the original design. These finishes also help to deepen the sense of high relief for the fore grounded wolf, which seems ready to emerge from the background of coniferous trees against which it is set.