The Canadian Arctic is one of only two places on Earth where wild herds of musk ox still roam. This ancient dweller of the High Arctic is the subject of the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest $100 for $100 series coin.
This 1-ounce coin is 99.99% pure silver, with a diameter of 40 millimetres and a nominal metal weight of 31.83 grams. The reverse design by Canadian artist Laurene Spino features three charging muskoxen in a typical defensive posture. Racing directly toward the viewer is a powerful male whose large horns and broad, long snout are showcased to striking advantage through a variety of finishes and engraving techniques. On each side of the male is a female turned slightly to the side of the coin. These views illustrate the female’s narrower and more curved horns and shaggy fur-covered forehead where her horns (unlike the male’s) do not meet. The reverse is engraved with the text “CANADA”, the date “2015”, and the face value of “100 DOLLARS”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
A fine investment or perfect gift for lovers of nature and Canadiana.