The reverse of the coin is designed by Canadian artist Claude Thivierge, fuses two different art styles—low poly art and a more true-to-life style—for a contemporary take on a classic wilderness icon. On this misty, moonlit night, Canis lupus moves swiftly and silently down a rocky outcrop in Canada's boreal forest. Bold colour over the engraved relief brings the landscape to life through a wealth of textural details that add a realistic touch to this multi-layered design. The coin's silver surface is visible within the two engraved wolves, which are comprised of multiple polygon shapes that define the low poly art style. In spite of the straight lines and pointed edges, each shape is carefully positioned to convey the natural curves of the grey wolf's familiar outline, while various finishing techniques mimic the effect of light and shadows. One wolf's instinctive leap suddenly creates the illusion of movement, transformation and the "shattering" of boundaries—those of its geometric form, and the reverse image itself—as its depiction artfully transitions. On top of the reverse, the inscriptions: "2018" – the year of issue and "CANADA" – the issuing country. On the bottom, the inscription: "20 DOLLARS" – the face value. 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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