The 1/4 oz gold Canadian Wolverine reverse proof coin, the second coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Animal Portrait Series, presents us with one of the world’s fiercest beasts. The obverse shows Susanna Blunt’s familiar 2003 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the first of its kind to show Elizabeth without her crown. The nominal face value of the coin, $10 CAD, as well as the mintage year 2018, appear on the obverse.
The reverse side features Canada’s native wolverine, a hardy predator famed for its ferocity and strength; its powerful jaws opened wide in this portrayal. Wolverines are notoriously feisty; this 40-lb demon has been known to kill 350-lb caribou and even attempt to drive full-grown grizzlies away from a kill. While we admit these might not be the smartest choices, we admire the wolverine’s moxie and its tenacity. Just look at the coin, and you can see this critter is ready to throw down: little eyes, short round ears, and stubby, powerful jaws built to crack bones and chew on frozen flesh. Kudos to Denis Mayer Jr. for this fantastic design.
The coin features a variety of unique finishes to recreate the effect of a woodblock portrait for the wolverine. Each coin is struck in 1/4 oz of 0.9999 fine gold. As a reverse-proof coin, each of these coins is struck with a frosted finish and mirrored background, creating a beautiful aesthetic effect that dazzles the viewer.
The Royal Canadian Mint is well-known for its exceptionally high-quality refining processes and anti-counterfeiting measures. The mint is an approved refinery on the London Bullion Market Association’s Good Delivery list, an internationally recognized seal of quality and approval within the global bullion market.
- Reverse proof finish for a stunning visual effect
- Featuring a beautiful woodblock style portrait of the fearsome wolverine
- 1/4 troy ounce of 0.9999 fine gold
- Struck by a mint renowned for its excellent quality and anti-counterfeiting measures