It is sleek, strong and surprisingly secretive. Canada’s largest big cat is more common in our western regions, where forest cover keeps it hidden from view. The cougar’s big paws — as seen on this coin — allow it to climb, prowl and pounce, while its stealth and agility help it go undetected by its prey until it’s too late. Captured in the highest standard of gold purity (99.999%), our new annual series offers a glimpse of a wild and untamed Canada. Each of these Canadian Wildlife Portraits is a close encounter with a large animal in the wild — a natural work of art that has been lovingly brought to life with exceptionally detailed engraving.
Designed by wildlife artist Denis Mayer Jr., the reverse travels deep into the forest for a rare encounter with the cougar. The climbing cougar is shown resting on a branch, its large paws prominently displayed, as it scans the horizon for signs of danger or prey. Also engraved on the reverse are the word “CANADA” and the year “2019”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.