Loving and strong. Dedicated and ferocious. The polar bear is an enduring symbol of the Arctic
wilderness, where the sea ice is the cornerstone of life. This fine silver coin features a touching motherand-cub
portrait of this beloved species, but with the addition of textural engraving that seemingly
pushes the ice fragments right to the coin’s edge.
The reverse image by Tony Bianco travels to the True North for a glimpse of the polar bear (Ursus
maritimus) at play. The engraved scene is a touching portrait of a mother and cub swimming in the
cold waters of the Canadian Arctic, their closeness reflected in the way they are positioned as they
emerge from the icy depths. Textural engraving adds a sense of movement across the surface of the
water, where the ebb and flow generated by the swimmers’ movements pushes the floating ice right
to the coin’s edge. The theme continues onto the fully engraved edge, which mimics the look of
jagged ice and gives the coin its unique shape. The similarly engraved obverse features wave-driven
ice shapes that form a frame around the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
celebration of the Canadian Arctic uses innovative
engineering design and Virtual Minting to shape the
coin’s edge and surface in a way that perfectly
complements the “glacial” theme.