The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the Wildlife Series of silver bullion coins in 2010. It will feature a total of six different designs released over the course of three years.
Besides the appeal of well executed rotating designs, each release of the series is also limited to a mintage of one million pieces. While this would be a high mintage for a numismatic issue, it is a fraction of the number of coins released for the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins, which are produced based on demand. The RCM sold 17,879,270 of the one ounce coins in 2010. For 2011, sales had reached 17.8 million by October 1, 2011.
At the time of initial release, the coins of the Wildlife Series have been priced at only a small premium above the high mintage Silver Maple Leaf coins. A major bullion dealer currently lists the latest Wildlife release at a lowest price of $3.29 over spot, compared to $2.29 over spot for the Maple Leaf coins. The slight additional premium can potentially pay off in the longer term. The first two releases of the Wildlife series currently sell for a healthy premium above spot.
The Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coins have a weight of one troy ounce and are struck in .9999 fine silver. Each coin carries an obverse design containing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Susanna Blunt. The face value of the coins is $5.
The first release of the series featured the Timber Wolf and was released in late 2010, carrying the 2011 date.
The second release featured the Grizzly Bear and was released and dated 2011.
The third coin in the series featuring the Cougar was released in late 2011 and carried the 2012 date.
The fourth release featured the Moose. These coins were announced in February 2012, and carry the 2012 date.
The fifth design within the series featured the Pronghorn Antelope. This coin was announced in August 2012 and carried the 2013 date.
The sixth and final design of the series featured the Wood Bison. The design for this 2013-dated coin was unveiled in February 2013 at the World Money Fair in Berlin.