APMEX has launched their most recent product, the 2015 3/4 oz Silver Canadian Grey Wolf Coin, from the world-renowned Royal Canadian Mint. We recently sat down with some members of the more than 1,100 strong RCM team to talk about this latest product featuring APMEX as the world retailer outside of Canada.
Joining from the Royal Canadian Mint were Senior Manager of Communications Alex Reeves, Product Manager Gabriel Khan and Senior Engraver Stanley Witten.
The Mint worked with Canadian artist Pierre Leduc to create the unique design for this coin, which portrays one of the most legendary and stunning animals on earth, the Grey Wolf, in its natural habitat. Reeves noted the design of the wolf is “reflective of Canada and its identity, but it’s something that resonates with Americans as well” as we share a continent.
Once the design completed the stringent approval process, it was on to the engraving. Witten, 25 year engraver with the Royal Canadian Mint, started his relief process with the artist’s finalized drawing. Using 3-D software called Arcam and a pressure sensitive stylus on a tablet, Witten meticulously turned the coin from drawing into virtual art that could be made into a moldable piece. Details such as the transition from fine fur to coarse and the minute detail of the razor sharp teeth are all precisely fashioned with only a maximum .2 mm relief.
Witten noted one of his favorite aspects of the Grey Wolf coin was that something was “happening on the coin and was not a static image” giving it a “unique perspective while keeping the image simple with enough detail to keep it interesting.”
Total time from initial concept to readied coin is 6-8 months, showing the true care and precision the Royal Canadian Mint takes into consideration for each of their products. “We’re very keen on demonstrating our capabilities to the fullest by offering more to the customer,” Reeves stated. They certainly held to that standard with this piece of specialty bullion. The 3/4 oz Grey Wolf coin truly sets itself apart, not only with its unique 3/4 oz size, but with its artistry and fineness, containing the RCM’s signature .9999 fine Silver purity. Khan noted, “We have probably one of the best looking coins in the world,” and we’d have to agree.
While interviewing the three Royal Canadian Mint team members, we couldn’t help but recognize the sense of pride they all conveyed when speaking about the coin, their country and their company. When asked about it, Khan responded, “We don’t see it as a job, we see it as a passion.” This notion was seconded by Witten, stating, “We have a lot to be proud of.”
The Royal Canadian Mint produces some of the world’s most attractive coins and we are excited by this latest product. APMEX is the exclusive retailer outside of Canada for the 3/4 oz Silver Canadian Grey Wolf coin, demonstrating our commitment to bringing unique and interesting products to our customers.