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The mighty bison steps forward in this classically styled, classically engraved portrait.

A grassland icon stands tall in this superbly engraved wildlife portrait, which captures the majesty of the species and its historic habitat. An inspiring emblem of strength, the plains bison (Bison bison bison) that once dominated the vast Canadian prairie continues to be a species of great historical and cultural importance in Canada.

It never fails to capture our imaginations through its imposing stature and innate strength, as conveyed by the two bulls featured in this 2 oz. 99.99% pure silver portrait.

A classic portrait with classically engraved details—it’s a true testament to fine craftsmanship and artistry.


  • Superbly sculpted. This 2 oz. 99.99% pure silver coin features a classic design style and classically engraved details. There are no hidden features or special tech—it’s simply a captivating work of art that has been perfectly executed in the finest silver.
  • Low mintage. Only 4,500 coins have been struck. Given the low mintage and the popularity of the theme, this bison portrait is sure to be a sought-after piece!
  • For wildlife lovers. A striking addition to any silver or wildlife-themed collection.
  • Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.


This coin is crafted in a 2 oz. of 99.99% pure silver and features a 50 mm diameter that provides more space for finely engraved details.


On the coin’s reverse, multiple frostings add a sense of depth and create a striking contrast between the different design elements, resulting in a more realistic portrait of the bison and its environment.


  • Is it “buffalo” or “bison”? Those terms are often used interchangeably, but scientifically speaking, they’re two different species: bison are indigenous to North America and Europe, while buffalo are found in Africa (cape buffalo) and Asia (water buffalo).
  • Two subspecies are found in Canada: the plains bison and the wood bison. The wood bison is heavier and has a more distinctive shoulder hump, while the plains bison is lighter in colour and has a stockier build.


Designed by Canadian wildlife artist Claudio D’Angelo, your coin’s reverse features a side-view portrait of two plains bison (Bison bison bison) in its grassland habitat during the harsh winter months. Two males (members of a bachelor group) are positioned in a way that best showcases their physical features, with one bull standing at the top of a knoll and the other below facing the opposite direction. The obverse features a field pattern and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

“While sketching out various design possibilities, I came up with the idea of a bison bull walking up a mound, with a second one walking in the opposite direction below, effectively creating a clockwise motion. It allowed me to illustrate both animals in their entirety, while also keeping with a round format. Years ago, I had the good fortune of observing bison in the wild, and I was struck by the imposing stature and domineering nature of the bulls. I had no doubt that these were not animals to be trifled with, and that memory fueled my desire to evoke as much of their inherent grandeur as possible.” CLAUDIO D’ANGELO, ARTIST

“No-tech coins are like coming home for an engraver: they’re familiar, even rejuvenating. It’s a joy to sculpt a natural, organic scene with a striking composition. And a layout like this one, where the focus is nicely centred, allows me to use the maximum relief height assigned by Engineering to realize the full form and weight of these majestic animals.” ERIC BOYER, 3D ARTIST AND ENGRAVER


The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.

Royal Canadian Mint
CAD 30
Claudio D'Angelo
2 oz

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