Few animals are as emblematic of Canada’s rugged, unspoiled wilderness as the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos). Playing a complex role in the biodiversity of western and northern Canada, this largely solitary animal has long been revered as an important cultural and spiritual symbol. With this superb Grizzly Bear series of coins, the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the majestic animal by depicting different scenes in the life of a grizzly bear.
The reverse image by Canadian artist Lauren Crawshaw presents a touching portrait of the bond that exists within a family of grizzly bears, which are rendered with finely detailed engraving. With the mountains of western Canada serving as a backdrop, a female grizzly bear is lying in the grass on a warm summer day; her expression is a touching one that is filled with maternal love and attentive devotion to her brood. One cub playfully stands on its mother’s hip with an expressive stance, vocalising and excitedly moving its forepaws as though communicating a story to its captivated audience. A quieter sibling lies close to the mother, draping itself over the female’s forepaw; this cub’s head is turned towards the viewer, as though peering hesitatingly out of the coin’s image field with an innocent expression.
A beautiful addition to any nature, wildlife and Canadian-themed collection.