Few would contest the cougar’s reputation as a stealthy hunter that relies on its keen senses to survive in remote areas of western Canada. Its exceptional vision is uniquely adapted to allow the cougar to hunt its prey during any time of day – a feature that is beautifully showcased in this incredible $250 1 kilogram fine silver coin! This coin is part of a continuing series that celebrates the distinctive eyes of some of Canada’s renowned wildlife; the previous coin in this series, In the Eyes of the Snowy Owl, was an extremely sought-after and popular coin following its release.
The reverse image by Canadian artist Glen Loates offers a close-up portrait of the cougar (Felis concolor). Here, the shy predator’s piercing gaze is decidedly fixed upon the viewer as though each one is studying the other. But the selective use of coloured enamel ensures the female cougar’s eyes are the image’s focal point; the distinctive greenish hue recreates the light-reflective qualities of the animal’s eyes, which are protected from the bright light conditions by the contracted pupils. This selective enamel-filling creates an impression that both the viewer and the animal are locked in an exchange of gazes…a truly remarkable feature of this coin! The large cat’s facial features are also rendered in fine detail, from its short fur to its visible whiskers and attentive ears.
This coin, struck in a thrilling 1-kilogram (35 ounces) of .9999 pure silver, boasts a beautiful diameter of 10cm that has been enhanced by a high-quality proof finish. Featuring a very low mintage of only 500 coins worldwide, this work of art would make remarkable addition to any Canadiana- or wildlife-themed collection. As a pure silver coin struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.