The Royal Canadian Mint has reported that it has sold all 50,000 of its 2016 “Wild Canada” Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins featuring a “Wolf” privy mark and a Reverse Proof finish. The Mint sells its bullion issues to a network of authorized buyers, who then make the coins available to the public.
A press release notes that available inventory for the issue was claimed by buyers in 41 days, far faster than the Mint had anticipated. It is the first of six planned “Wild Canada” privy-marked Silver Maple Leaf bullion releases, with the next issue — featuring a grizzly bear mark — due to be be sold in early 2016.
The coins are composed of an ounce of silver that is 99.99% pure. The reverse design features a large Maple Leaf at its center, with CANADA, 9999 FINE SILVER, 1 OZ, and 9999 ARGENT PUR (French for “Pure Silver”) inscribed along the rim. Its exclusive privy mark portrays a wolf howling and is placed below the leaf on the left.
The obverse bears Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, the denomination of 5 DOLLARS, and 2016 included in the field.
A close-up of the reverse’s privy mark is provided above. For more information on the Royal Canadian Mint’s bullion Program, please visit its Web site. The 2016 Canada 1 oz Silver Maple Leaf Wolf Privy Reverse Proof coin can be purchased from authorized distributors like APMEX. A short 2014 promotional video for Silver Maple Leaf coins can be viewed below: