The reverse of the coin is designed by Canadian artist Claude Thivierge, travels deep into one of Canada's forests, to catch a glimpse of a species whose haunting cry defines the call of the wild. Black rhodium plating sets the tone for a nighttime encounter in a clearing, where, viewed in three-quarter profile, Canis lupus raises its head to the sky and releases its howl into the winter night. Behind the wolf, the coin's polished silver surface is left unplated to mimic the light of the engraved full moon, which faintly illuminates the landscape below, and the wolf from behind. On top of the reverse, the inscription: "CANADA" – the issuing country. On the left, the inscription: "20 DOLLARS" – the face value. On the right, the inscription: "2018" – the year of issue. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: "D·G·REGINA" – Dei Gratia Regina and "ELIZABETH II" – the name of the Queen.
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