2012 Alaska Wolves!

2012 Wolf One Ounce Silver Proof

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2011 Eagle Back

2012 Gray Wolves
2012 Gray Wolves

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Dr. Gary Kuchinka of Kasilof, Alaska submitted the winning drawing. The medallion features a pair of Alaska Timber Wolves.

The final mintage number for the 2012 One Ounce Silver Proof Wolf was 1,800 pieces; by far, the lowest mintage number to date for any Official Alaska State Medallion! Final mintage for the Two Ounce Proof was 52 and mintage of the One Ounce Gold Proof finalized at 30.


Alaska's Timber Wolf is the largest wolf found in the United States and one of the largest in the world, weighing up to 175 pounds. They are fierce, intelligent hunters and very efficient. The social structure of the wolf pack allows them to hunt big game that they would not be able to take one-on-one such as buffalo, elk, caribou and moose. Although there have been no documented accounts of wolves attacking humans in North America, local wisdom suggests keeping a safe distance. Most wolves are various shades of gray, but can range from pure white to black. Usually their coloration is somewhat related to their habitat. Wolves are rarely seen in their natural surrounding. They can make themselves almost invisible even in sparse brush because the coloration of their fur provides excellent camouflage. Those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Alaskan wolf will behold something of the spirit of the Great Land itself, and the true majesty of the wild.