This 2017 $20 fine silver coin features the majestic polar bear, using its large paws to move through the changing landscape, be it deep snow, Arctic waters, or over thin ice. This coin pays tribute North America’s largest land carnivore, whose resilience makes it a powerful and fitting icon of the Canadian Arctic. The coin weighs just over one ounce of pure silver, and has a limited mintage of 7,500 coins. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo features a detailed side profile view of a polar bear against the landscape of the Canadian Arctic. Moving across the snow-covered ice and rocks, a polar bear extends its elongated neck to vocalize, while its gaze remains fixed on what lies beyond the coin’s rim. Advanced finishing techniques enhance the precision engraving that captures the polar bear’s likeness in stunning detail, from the texture of its dense fur to its facial features. Its left forepaw is suspended in air, mid-step; meanwhile, the sea ice gives way to open water in the background, where tall glaciers and icebergs rise up along the horizon. The entire design gains an added sense of movement through the bear’s distinctive paw prints, which are engraved on the coin’s edge in a continuous pattern.