Colourful Songbirds of Canada: The Northern Cardinal - 1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin (2015)

1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin – Colourful Songbirds of Canada: The Northern Cardinal (2015)

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1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin – Colourful Songbirds of Canada: The Northern Cardinal (2015)

$64.95 CAD
Mintage: 15,000
Canada and US only
87% SOLD!

An ideal gift for someone who enjoys birds!

With its brilliant red plumage and a distinctive crest atop its head, the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) easily draws attention to itself wherever it is found. From southern Manitoba east to the Atlantic provinces, the beloved cardinal is one of many colourful songbird species that are testament to the inspiring beauty of nature in Canada.

An ideal gift for someone who enjoys birds! Order your single coin or order the five-coin subscription today!

Special features:
•  The first coin in a new 5-coin series entitled Colourful Songbirds of Canada, which captures the beauty of some of Canada's most distinctive bird species.
•  ALSO AVAILABLE AS A FIVE-COIN SUBSCRIPTION! Subscribe today and then relax knowing that you will receive all five coins one per month! As well, for people who subscribe, you will receive a FREE MUSICAL box to store your five coins: shipped with the fifth and final coin! When you open the box, it plays the sounds the five birds make with a classical melody in the background!
•  Celebrate the Northern Cardinal, whose song and bright colour have made it a favourite among bird watchers and nature lovers.
•  The image was designed by award-winning artist Derek C. Wicks, who was twice named the National Artist of the Year by Ducks Unlimited Canada.
•  This 99.99% pure silver coin shows application of selective colour to the engraved northern cardinal and recreates the vibrancy of the bird's colouring in the wild.
•  Your coin is GST/HST exempt.

About the Design:
The reverse design by Canadian artist Derek C. Wicks features a beautiful rendition of a northern cardinal in a tranquil setting. Finely detailed engraving showcases this songbird's distinctive features—from the pointed crest atop its head to its thick, short bill, as well as the soft feathers that lead to its tail. The use of selective colouring recreates the northern cardinal's brilliant red plumage viewed in three-quarter profile, as the bird sits nestled amidst engraved leaves and flower blossoms.

Did you know…
•  Usually male songbirds are the ones who sing—not so for the northern cardinal! Both the female and the male northern cardinal sing, using a variety of melodies to communicate.
•  The northern cardinal's different calls have been described as a metallic chip when the birds are excited, and a series of down-slurred whistles. The northern cardinal's call makes its presence known—even if it's well-hidden from view!
•  Northern Cardinals can be surprisingly territorial, especially during the breeding season. It's not unusual to see a northern cardinal attack its own reflection if it feels compelled to defend its territory against this "intruder."

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

Order your coin today!



  • No.141271
  • Mintage15,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 15.87
  • Diameter (mm) 34
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value10 dollars
  • ArtistDerek C. Wicks (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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