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.
Beautifully rendered in rich detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers, the reverse image by Canadian artist Lauren Crawshaw features a loving portrait of two grizzly bears forming a bond during the mating season. In the quiet of one of western Canada’s forests, a male and a female
have come together to begin their brief courtship. Seen in three-quarter profile but with its head turned to the side, the larger-sized male is on all fours in the grassy area where they have spent the day grazing. The smaller sized female is playfully standing against the side of the male, with large forepaws resting on either side of the male’s shoulder hump. But the female’s gaze is fixed upon the viewer, as though we are intruding upon an intimate moment.
A beautiful addition to any nature, wildlife and Canadianna-themed collection, and a thoughtful gift for those who share a love of art or admire Canada’s rugged wilderness and iconic animals.