Canada: Latest Range of Majestic Polar Bears Gold and Silver Premium Bullion Coins Now Available

The Royal Canadian Mint have released their latest series of premium gold and silver bullion coins entitled The Majestic Polar Bears in a special presentation designed for all gift-giving occasions.

by Michael Alexander | Published on April 15, 2024

Gold 1/10th ounce and silver one ounce coins are specially selected and presented in a practical format designed for gift-giving occasions throughout the year. The special packaging is suitable for an assortment of anniversaries and events and which are available directly from the Royal Canadian Mint. The Polar Bearrange introduced last year is a premium bullion product which offers a popular theme for Canadian coinage and an appropriate and memorable gift to mark special moments and family milestones. 

Each year, the reverse side will feature new designs focusing on Polar bears which are the largest land carnivore, but yet they are surprisingly tiny and helpless at birth. Blind, toothless, and covered in a very fine fur that makes them look hairless, new-born cubs only measure about 30 centimetres or 11 inches long and weigh less than a kilogram. Cubs are born during a mother polar bear’s hibernation and grow rapidly during the first months, receiving nourishment during this time. When mother and cub emerges from hibernation, a cub - sometimes more than one will usually stay by their mother’s side for two to three years. After reaching maturity, their instinct is to wander and claim territory for themselves, often relying on ice flows to take them further afield. Canada, as a country with vast amounts of coastline in the Arctic is home to many polar bears who settle in areas where the seal population is substantial as this animal is a polar bear’s main source of food.

Designed by Canadian artist W. Allan Hancock, his work depicts both a polar bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and her almost independent cub nuzzling in their Arctic habitat. The scene is set against vivid radial lines that create a dramatic sunburst finish as well as a security feature. The reverse also includes the coin’s purity 9999 and weight 1 OZ (gold and silver) placed above the design and along the rim. The text CANADA and the year of issue 2024 are shown below the primary design along the lower edge. The polar bear paw prints on each coin’s reverse are a collection-wide design feature and are exclusive to this line of Premium Bullion coins. The obverse side includes the effigy of HM King Charles III designed by Canadian artist Steven Rosati and depicts the King facing to the left surrounded by the legend CHARLES III D G REX. The denomination 5 DOLLARS is placed below the King’s likeness on both metals.

Denomination  Metal  Weight  Diameter  Quality  Mintage Limit  
5 Dollars  .9999 Silver  31.1 g.  38 mm.  Select Bullion  25,000 
5 Dollars  .9999 Gold  3.11 g.  16 mm.  Select Bullion  5,000 

Each encapsulated coin is enclosed in a coin-card format which is also easily removable. For additional information, please visit the webshop of the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Author: Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander image Michael’s background in both numismatics and banknotes spans more than three decades and whose activities have varied from being a dedicated world coin collector to coin & medal design, marketing, theme concept and production. His additional interests include banknote research and in 1997, he founded the London Banknote and Monetary Research Centre to further these interests and activities. The company continues to offer monthly currency bulletins to both online and printed publications which includes information about the latest banknote news and releases from Central Banks and Monetary Authorities around the world. Michael has been a contributor to COIN NEWS magazine based in the UK since 1998 where many of his in-depth interviews, articles and bulletins have been published.

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