2013 25-cent Birds of Canada - Barn Owl

2013 25-cent Birds of Canada - Barn Owl


 
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2013 25-cent Birds of Canada - Barn Owl

Though found in geographies around the globe, the Barn Owl in Canada is an endangered species whose unique physical traits and exceptional hunting skills make it an exceptional member of the owl family.

This coloured cupronickel coin has a diameter of 35 millimetres. The reverse image, designed by Canadian artist Trevor Tennant, features a painted barn owl in full flight, viewed from its left side as it flaps its broad white and gold wings, perhaps readying itself to swoop in silence on its unsuspecting prey. The owl's left profile is rendered to stunning effect, with the side of its distinctive oval face, snubbed beak and small, piercing black eye beautifully portrayed against the sunset.

Its long legs and sharp talons are held aloft below its short, square tail feathers. In the background is a wire fenced field of tall grasses flanked, in the far background, by an abandoned barn-one of the barn owl's preferred nesting spots.

The pinkish sky of sunset meets the field on the horizon. The reverse is engraved with the word 'CANADA,' the date '2013,' and the face value of '25 CENTS.' The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Specifications:
Item number: 122415
Face Value: 25 cents
Mintage: 17,500
Composition: Cupronickel
Diameter (mm): 35
Edge: Plain
Finish: Specimen
Certificate: Serialized

Special Features:
- The 12th coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's renowned Birds of Canada series, this painted coin beautifully portrays the gorgeous colouring and wing detail of the much-beloved American Robin.
- An exceptional addition to any nature-focused or Canadiana collection.
- A beautiful gift for people who love birds, natural imagery, exquisite natural artwork, and Canadian themes.

Packaging:
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded maroon clamshell case lined with black flock and protected by a black sleeve.

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