Today we will continue the series called "Canadian Wildlife".
The Royal Canadian Mint is known by its high quality work and the enormous number of commemorative coins issued each year. Among these commemoratives we find many, individual or in series, under the theme "wildlife".
Canada, with its vast lands and seas, is the home of a varied fauna and that will be showed in this series.
I will try to post land animals, sea animals and birds, in that order.
The twenty-sixth is a 2015 CAD $5 "Great Horned Owl".
It weights 31.1g with silver purity of 99.99% and Brilliant Uncirculated finish. The mintage was 1,000,000 units. The issue price was BV (Bullion Value).
This coin is the fourth in a six-coin series titled "Birds of Prey".
With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is the quintessential owl of storybooks. This powerful predator can take down birds and mammals even larger than itself, but it also dines on daintier fare such as tiny scorpions, mice, and frogs. It’s one of the most common owls in North America, equally at home in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities, and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics.
Designed by Canadian artist Emily Damstra, the reverse features the menacing image of a great horned owl as it swoops in on its prey. The birds figure is finished in a frosted relief, with the background featuring a unique lined, textured background.
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