The sixth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new O Canada series focusing on iconic Canadian images, this beautiful coin celebrates the powerful wolf—one of Canada’s most fascinating native species.
The reverse design by Canadian artists Pierre Leduc presents a full-body portrait of a lone wolf in a Canadian forest. The wolf stands at ease, tail relaxed behind it; nevertheless, its bent hind paws appear ready to leap to safety at a moment’s notice. The wolf gazes towards the viewer, its mouth low and slightly open in a wolfish grin. Its thick fur, sharp claws, and pointed ears are rendered in dimensional detail through exquisite engraving. The wolf stands atop a rocky outcropping amid small mosses and lichens. In the background, a stand of evergreens rises above and behind the central image.