This 2016 large and impressive $125 proof fine silver coin weighs half a kilogram, or just over 16 troy ounces, and is the final coin in a series which celebrates Canada’s wildlife. Mintage is limited to just 600 pieces, adding significant scarcity and collectability to the attractive art and impressive silver weight. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
The image by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc showcases a portrait Canada’s second largest land based carnivore - the grizzly. The grizzly’s large head is raised with mouth open in a roar. Its characteristic fur covered ears, sharp teeth, and small dark eyes are finely engraved, while in the background a river runs through a wilderness of bushy undergrowth dotted by evergreens.
The Grizzly Bear:
These massive and powerful animals can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and stand up to 8 feet tall on their hind legs, yet they are capable of running at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Perhaps best known as salmon hunters during the spawning season, grizzlies are opportunistic omnivores, eating almost anything that is in season, from fruits, nuts and berries, to insects and small mammals, to large prey.