The Canadian Wildlife Series of bullion coins from the Royal Canadian Mint is one of the most popular in recent memory from the mint. Struck from 2011 to 2013, the series featured unique designs representing various creatures from the Canadian wilderness. Today, the 2012 1 oz Canadian Silver Cougar Coin is available with NGC certification from JM Bullion.
- First release in 2012, and third overall in the Canadian Wildlife Series.
- Just 748 coins thus far earned this grade from the NGC!
- Arrives in a protective slab courtesy of the NGC.
- Contains 1 oz of .9999 pure silver.
- Face value of $5 (CAD) is fully backed by the government of Canada.
- Earned a Mint State 68 grade from the NGC.
- Features the image of the fearsome cougar in the wild.
In 2011 the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled the first of the Canadian Wildlife Silver bullion coins with the release of the 2011 Canadian Silver Wolf. Over the course of three years the mint released a total of six coin designs in the series, with two new coins released each year. The release schedule featured February and August releases, and this particular 2012 1 oz. Canadian Silver Cougar was the first in the 2012 release schedule.
Each of the 2012 1 oz Canadian Silver Cougar coins in this listing is in MS68 condition according to the NGC. Coins of this grade still have an attractive strike and full mint luster, but also feature three to four minor detracting flaws. These flaws are often limited to miniscule contact marks, and are located outside of the coins primary focal areas.
On the reverse is the image of a cougar sitting atop a fallen log, ready to pounce on its prey. This design came from Royal Canadian Mint Assistant Engraver William Woodruff, who designed the first four coins released in the program.
The obverse features the familiar right-profile portrait of Englands Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 2003 by Susanna Blunt, this is the third-generation image of the Queen to appear on modern Canadian bullion.
The Royal Canadian Mint was founded in 1908, and operates two different facilities. The original mint is located in the federal capital of Ottawa, while a second mint is located in Winnipeg, and was opened in the 1980s.
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