The Royal Canadian Mint started this new coin series in 2014. The Canadian "Call of the Wild" gold coins consist of 99.999% pure gold, the highest level of gold purity available on the market. Three 1 oz gold coins make up the series, with one coin being issued in three successive years. All three coins have a legal face value of CAD $ 200, which is also the highest face value of any legal tender 1 oz gold bullion coin in the world. The coins are issued as brilliant uncirculated with a proof-like finish, sealed within a credit-card-sized assay card for authenticity verification. Each coin is hand polished to achieve a mirror-like background, making the coins a veritable pleasure to view and collect.
Each of the three coins of the series feature one of Canada's predatory animals on their reverse side that was designed by the Canadian artist Pierre Leduc. The 2014 gold coin depicted a howling gray wolf, the 2015 coin a growling cougar and the 2016 coin a roaring grizzly. The animals are depicted in close-up at their wildest moment with baring teeth, the gray wolf in mid-howl, the cougar while letting out a menacing growl and the grizzly while roaring angrily. All three coins depict stylized sound waves in the background. The reverse also contains a textured maple leaf design that has the last two digits of the year of mintage laser-engraved on it as a security feature that is meant to prevent counterfeiting. The letters PL indicating a proof-like finish appear near this security feature. "CANADA" is written above the animal design and references to the coin's purity and gold weight appear below.
The obverse side of the coins that was designed by Susanna Blunt depicts the British Queen in profile. The year of mintage, the CAD $ 200 face value and "ELIZABETH II" are inscribed along the coin's edge. The 2016 coin also has "D G Regina" inscribed. The presence of the British Queen on these Canadian coins is meant to illustrate Canada’s ongoing reverence for both its mother nation and the monarchy.
|Gold Purity||Gold Weight||Face Value||Diameter||Thickness|
|99.999 %||1 ounce each||CAD $ 200||30 mm||2.87 mm|
The "Call of the Wild" gold coin series is a new series issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. It depicts Canada's ferocious predatory animals in their wildest state. The first "Howling Wolf" gold coin was issued in February 2014. It was succeeded by the "Growling Cougar" gold coin in February 2015. The third and final coin of the series portraying a "Roaring Grizzly" was released in February 2016.
Whereas 2.000 coins were minted with the "Howling Wolf" design in 2014, only 250 coins were minted in both 2015 and 2016 featuring the "Growling Cougar" and "Roaring Grizzly". The sharply reduced mintage will contribute to make these coins very popular with investors expecting rapid value gains in the years to come.
The "Call of the Wild" gold coins are also available in extremely limited mintage (only 25 coins for 2015) in a 1/2 kg proof version out of 99.99% pure gold. These special coins are highly stylized and depict the respective wild animal and natural background with even more detail compared with the standard 1 oz version. The coins have a diameter of 85 mm and an official face value of CAD $ 1250.
The Royal Canadian Mint also produces 1/2 kg "Call of the Wild" silver coins. They are of the same size and just as detailed as the 1/2 kg gold proof coins. The coins out of 99.99% pure silver have an official face value of CAD $ 125 and only 1000 such silver coins will be minted in 2015.