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1988 $100 Proof Canadian Bowhead Whale Gold Coin

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The 1988 release of the Proof Bowhead Whale Gold Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint celebrated one of the most beloved and protected species living in the waters around Canada. The bowhead whale is the only member of its species endemic to Arctic and subarctic waters. Provident Metals currently has 1988 $100 Proof Canadian Bowhead Whale Gold Coins available to you for purchase online.


  • Arrives with an individual protective plastic flip!
  • Commemorates the Bowhead Whale!
  • Limited mintage of just 53,000 gold coins!
  • Contains 1/4 Troy oz of actual gold content.
  • Issued a face value of $100 (CAD) by the government of Canada.
  • The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II.
  • On the reverse is the image of a bowhead whale and its young calf.

When you purchase one of these 1988 $100 Proof Canadian Bowhead Whale Gold Coins from Provident Metals, you will receive a proof coin that is housed in an individual protective plastic flip. The coins have frosted designs with mirrored fields. Each Proof Canadian Bowhead Whale boasts .583 gold content.


The obverse side of the 1988 Proof Canadian Bowhead Whale Gold Coins features a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II. In this design from Arnold Machin, Her Majesty is shown in right-profile relief with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara on her head. This effigy is just the second used on Canadian coins during her reign and was in place from 1965 to 1989. The inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, D.G. REGINA, and CANADA.


On the reverse field of 1988 $100 Proof Bowhead Whale Gold Coins is an image of a bowhead female with its young calf. Newborn bowhead whale calves typically weigh 13-15 feet in length at birth with a weight of around 2,200 pounds. Within 30 minutes of being born, the bowhead whale calf can swim on its own. Inscriptions on this face of the coin read CANADA, 1988, and 100 DOLLARS.


The bowhead whale is the only member of the baleen whale species endemic to the Arctic and subarctic waters of the world. The whale is named for the triangular shape of its head that is used to break through ice in the Arctic. Bowhead whales have the largest mouth of any animal in the world, with a length that runs 13 feet of its body, accounting for nearly one-third the total length of the whales.


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Product Details

Year 1988
Mint Mark Not Shown
Metals Purity .583
Producer Royal Canadian Mint
Thickness 2.2 mm
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Proof
Denomination $100 CAD
Country Canada
Designer (Obverse) Arnold Machin
Edge Style Reeded
Certificate of Authenticity No
Packaging Plastic Flip
Metal Content .25 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Product Series Bowhead Whale
Provident ID 3851446