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IMPOSING ALPHA WOLF Wildlife Nature Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2015


Guardian of its territory, the wolf is a fearless hunter that relies on its remarkable intelligence, its keen senses, and a pack mentality to maintain its reputation as an apex predator. It also plays an important role in the biodiversity of the remote areas it inhabits, from Labrador to British Columbia and north. Mintage 6500 pcs worldwide.

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Alpha Wolf
Measuring up to 90 centimetres in height at the shoulders and 200 centimetres from snout to bushy tail, the wolf’s appearance is comparable to that of a large German shepherd, but with a broader skull. Swiftly moving on its powerful legs and large feet, the wolf uses its sense of smell to pick up its prey’s scent, its acute hearing to detect it from far away, its eyesight to perceive the slightest movement... and its strong jaw to waste very little of its hard-earned meal.
The wolf is the largest wild dog species; based on genetics, many scientists believe the domestic dog descended from the wolf.
Hunting in packs of up to 12 individuals allows the wolves to chase large prey: deer, mountain goats, elk, moose, caribou, bison, etc.
Taking cues from the pack’s leader (or alpha male), the wolves will either take turns chasing their prey to the point of its exhaustion, or will lead it into a planned ambush.
The wolf typically trots at speeds of up to 16 kilometres per hour; it reserves its top speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour when closing in on its prey.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse image by Canadian artist Maurade Baynton features a lone wolf (Canis lupus) rendered in striking detail through expert engraving, which affords us a unique close-up view of the wolf’s characteristics. Here, our fearless hunter is perched on a rocky slope and holds its steely gaze as it surveys its remote territory and the horizon beyond the image field. The application of selective colouring allows the viewer to glimpse the wolf’s fine features and its handsomely coloured fur that allows this fearless carnivore to blend in with its surroundings. Behind the wolf, a mountain range looms over the river that winds through the forest valley below, with tall timbers that only add to the majesty of this natural setting.