As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary in July of 2017, the Royal Canadian Mint has introduced a coin series that showcases CanadaÕs iconic flora, fauna, landscapes and landmarks, with one coin for each province and territory. ÒWild Swift Fox and PupsÓ is the tenth coin in the series, and represents the province of Saskatchewan.
The coin is double dated 1867-2017 with a $10 denomination and weighs just over one half ounce of pure silver. The mintage is limited to 25,000. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this coin is HST/GST exempt.
Based on a photograph captured by Canadian photographer John E. Marriott, the reverse features vibrant colour over the detailed engraved image of swift fox in the open prairie landscape. There, amid the mixed-grass vegetation that dots the landscape near SaskatchewanÕs Grasslands National Park of Canada, a pup faces the viewer as it attempts to climb onto its motherÕs back. The young foxÕs paws are crossed over, adding to its air of innocence; meanwhile, the mother stares out from the coinÕs surface towards the viewerÑthis allows for a close view of the facial features and the patterned colouring of the foxÕs fur, along with a glimpse of this prairie residentÕs famously bushy tail. The reverse also features the engraved word ÒCANADAÓ and the dates Ò1867-2017Ó to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.