superb fine silver coin with vibrant selective colour celebrates one of
Canada’s most distinctive and iconic animal species. The bison is revered
in the legends, songs and dance of the Plains First Nations, and represents an
animal benefactor that sustained a traditional way of life. This fine silver
coin captures the majesty of the bison, which stands as an enduring icon of the
vast Canadian prairies. This
bison coin has a $20 denomination and is struck in one ounce of fine silver.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Doug
Comeau features a wildlife portrait of a plains bison in a natural setting. The land grazing animal is
shown in three-quarter profile against the rolling foothills in the background,
where the tall trees give a sense of the bison’s height in this open space.
Rich selective colour gives the wild bovine a life-like appearance, while
highly detailed engraving captures the texture of its dark-brown shaggy hair
and the roundness of its distinctive shoulder hump. The bison has raised its
head and gazes off beyond the image field to the right, allowing for a better
view of the horns on its head and its facial features. The green, yellow and
white colours of the grasses and wildflowers at its feet give a sense of the
diversity of plant life in its grassland habitat, while the engraved forest and
hills behind it convey the rugged beauty of Canada’s wilderness.