The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue the 2011 "Grizzly" silver bullion coin; the second coin from its popular Canadian Wildlife 9999 fine one-ounce silver bullion coin series (the first one was the 2011 Lone Wolf Silver Bullion 5-Dollar Coin). Launched on January 28th, 2011, at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany, this silver bullion coin is struck from one ounce of 99.99% pure silver and bears a $5 face value.
The Grizzly Bear is one of the strongest and most impressive mammals in North America. It can run at speeds of 28 miles/hour and can weigh between 220-880 pounds. Standing up to eight feet tall, the solitary Grizzly lives in the tundra of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, as well as the subalpine forests of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
The grizzly design on this coin's reverse is the work of Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created in 2003 by Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt.
The Royal Canadian Mint will release a further two annual issues for both 2012 and 2013. A total of six different species will be represented in finely crafted bullion coins that are struck of the same pure silver as the Mint's world-famous Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins.