The Grey Wolf Canis Lupus is the second animal to feature in our Kings of the Continents coin collection, which will portray some of the most dominant and revered animals on each continent.
Once prevalent over most of Europe, Asia and North America, the habitat of the grey wolf has been diminished because of widespread human encroachment of its habitat. The global population is today estimated at approximately 400,000 animals. Europe, excluding Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, has an estimated population of 12,000 wolves across 28+ countries.
Once widespread in Europe, wolves were dramatically reduced in number throughout the early nineteenth century, due to intense hunting. The recovery of European wolf populations only began after the 1950s, when traditional pastoral lifestyles were replaced by farming, removing the need to heavily persecute wolves. Today the grey wolf is protected in parts of Europe and is recovering in population overall.
Being carnivores, they hunt deer, moose and caribou as well as smaller mammals such as hares and squirrels. The positive ripple effects of wolves on keeping the eco system in balance is only recently started to be understood and fully appreciated.
Wolves have strong social bonds and typically mate for life. They live and hunt in packs of 7 to 8 animals on average, consisting of the alpha mother and alpha father wolves, their pups and older offspring. In the wild, they usually live up to 13 years old and in captivity, they live upwards of 15 years.
Fact: Wolves have unique howls that can be used to tell individuals apart.
* Struck from 1 ounces of 99.9% pure Proof Silver.
* Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
* Presentation Packaging
* The 2016 Grey Wolf Silver Proof has a limited mintage of only 5,000!
This impactful 1 oz. coin shows a colored image of a Grey Wolf snarling expressively against an engraved backdrop of a pine forest. The coin is encased in an elegant themed box which slides open to reveal the coin nestled in a black velvet interior. The uniquely numbered certificate of authenticity sits within the packaging.
Issued as Niue legal tender, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2016 year-date and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.
The Kings of the Continents, Grey Wolf 1 oz. Silver coin is encased in an elegant themed box which slides open to reveal the coin nestled in a black velvet interior. Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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