This beautiful 2017 $20 fine silver coin pays tribute to the black bear, prominent in the myths and legends of Canada’s First Nations. The black bear is a powerful symbol of knowledge and might. Its reputation is that of a curious explorer, but one that is easily emboldened by hunger; with this fine silver coin, the Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates one of the most famous residents of Canada’s vast forests. This is the final coin issued in the Majestic Animal series, which celebrates Canada’s most distinctive and iconic animal species. The mintage of this coin is limited to just 6,500 coins, adding collectible scarcity to its artistic value. As a fine silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Pierre Leduc captures the majestic qualities of the black bear in remarkable detail against the engraved forest in the background. Standing on its four legs, the bear’s bulky body size is evident when seen in three-quarter profile as its front paws rest upon a rock in the foreground. Its head is turned to present the viewer with a front view of its carefully engraved facial features and its bold, inquisitive expression. Selective colour enhances the engraved textural details and brings to life the bear’s dark fur and lighter-coloured muzzle. In this hillside clearing near the edge of a forest, the black bear inspires awe as it stands out among the bright colours of the vegetation, logs and rocks that surround it.