The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled the latest design within the Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coin series. This represents the fifth coin within the six coin series. For information on the series and images of the first four designs, refer to this post.
The 2013 Pronghorn Antelope Silver Coin features a depiction of the animal by Canadian artist and coin designer Emily S. Damstra. Similar to the previous release, the image is framed within a circular area, leaving a field for the inscriptions “Canada” and “Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur”. The fineness of “9999” is included within the area of the image.
The 99.99% pure one ounce silver bullion coin carries a maximum mintage of one million coins. The coins will be distributed through the Royal Canadian Mint’s network of bullion distributors. One bullion dealer is showing a shipping date of September 16th for the coins, another is accepting pre-orders without a specified shipping date.
Previous releases of the series have been popular with collectors due to the fantastic designs and limited mintages. While most bullion coins have mintages which are based on public demand and can stretch into the tens of millions, for the Canadian Wildlife series, the mintage is capped at one million coins per design.
Despite the mintage limit, the Wildlife coins are still priced as bullion. Purchasers have the opportunity to see their coins increase in value due to a rise in intrinsic value or numismatic premium. The first two issues of the series currently sell at premiums above their silver value.