The Royal Canadian Mint has released the third coin in their silver and niobium series honoring the seasonal moon phases of the Algonquin people. The latest design features the Wolf Moon.
The Algonquins used the moon to track time and assigned a name to each full moon. The four coin series includes the buck, hunter, wolf, and pink moon to represent the summer, autumn, winter, and spring. The hunter’s moon and buck’s moon coins were released during 2011, followed by the two final releases during 2012.
The reverse design by John Mantha features a wolf howling under a full moon. The blue hues of the niobium core emphasize the chill of the winter night air. The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Susanna Blunt.
The coin is created by an innovative minting process during which the niobium insert is struck into the core of a sterling silver coin and the selectively oxidized to create a unique finish with a bright blue color against the white moon. The reverse has an outer ring has of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper with an inner niobium core. The obverse is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Each coin has a diameter of 28 mm and weight of 8.5 grams.
A mintage limit of 7,500 coins worldwide has been imposed. The coins are currently available on the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at http://mint.ca