This fourth issue in the annual World's Wildlife Series is dedicated to the Bear (Ursidae), and contains four gold proof coins with different designs and in sizes ranging from one ounce to one tenth of an ounce. The smaller coins were only issued in this set, and not individually. There are two more sizes in the gold series - a five-ounce coin and a half-gram coin, as well as a silver ounce, which are not included.
The bear is one of the most famous animal species in the world and plays an important role in the mythology and culture of many nations because of its size and strength. The species belongs to the family of mammals and is divided into eight different subspecies. The most well-known subspecies include the polar bear from the Arctic and Northern Canada, the brown bear from North America, Europe and Russia, the giant panda from China, and the American black bear from North America and Mexico. While the animals' habitat once stretched across the globe, their territory has now been greatly reduced. Ongoing deforestation, illegal poaching, and climate change have led to the classification of some subspecies as endangered.
The set comes in a wooden box and a Certificate of Authenticity.