This 2014 $20 fine silver coin is part of a new series from the Royal Canadian Mint that chronicles the life cycle of the fierce female cougar. Sightings of the cougar are rare as this secretive hunter passes through the landscape, making her the perfect subject to be captured on a coin.
The striking illustration by Glen Loates portrays the elusive cougar as it stalks and crouches on the limb of a sturdy maple tree. Its impressive musculature is displayed magnificently through expert engraving and multiple finishes. The selective colour application makes the coin come to life as the cougar sits nestled between brightly-coloured autumn leaves. The reverse displays the words "CANADA", the year "2014", and the face value of "20 DOLLARS" around the rim.
This coin has a diameter of 38mm, and weighs just over one troy ounce of 99.99% fine silver. Mintage is limited to 8,500 coins worldwide. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
About the Cougar:
Averaging 64kg (140lbs) in weight and up to 3 metres in length, the cougar is noted for its lithe musculature, long hind legs, and a tail that (at almost a metre long) acts as an important counterbalance for the impressive jumper. Cougars are known to disperse up to 1000km from their natal territory to establish their own hunting domains. They are predators of elk, deer, sheep, young moose, and a range of smaller and domesticated animals. Their most necessary requirements when choosing a dwelling are good cover, access to prey, and the privacy that allows the cougar to live the solitary life it enjoys. This solitary elusiveness, however, makes it very difficult for authorities to track and protect the creature.