It is sleek, strong and surprisingly secretive. Canada's largest big cat is more common in our western regions, where forest cover keeps it hidden from view. The cougar's big paws—as seen on this coin—allow it to climb, prowl and pounce, while its stealth and agility help it go undetected by its prey until it's too late. Captured in the highest standard of gold purity (99.999% or five 9s), our new annual series offers a glimpse of a wild and untamed Canada. Each of these Canadian Wildlife Portraits is a close encounter with a large animal in the wild—a natural work of art that has been lovingly brought to life with exceptionally detailed engraving.
Composition 99.999% pure gold
Weight (g) 35
Diameter (mm) 34
Face value 350 dollars
Artist Denis Mayer Jr. (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)