Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014)

Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014)

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Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014)

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$29.95 CAD
Mintage: 17,500
Canada and US only

Fourth coin in our popular Ducks of Canada series, order today!

This beautiful full-colour cupronickel coin features the Harlequin duck—the “fancy lord and lady” of Canada's east and west coasts. Named for the male's bright colouring, which resembles the clothing of the zany Harlequin character of traditional Italian commedia dell'arte, this pretty little duck is a strong swimmer with a distinctive mouse-like squeal. It winters on the rocky, isolated shores of Canada's east and west coasts, moving inland to fast-moving fresh-water streams for breeding season from May to September.

Histrionicus histrionicus is considered a species of conservation concern in Canada, especially in the east. It is a relatively uncommon duck remarkable for the male's colouring and its unique call. While the male bears slate blue, white, black, and russet plumage, the female and young are a more subdued brown, giving them camouflage against predators.

A beautiful gift for the bird lover in your life. Order your coin today!

Special features:
•  Beautifully portrayed in full colour cupronickel coin highlights the uniquely colourful beauty of the Harlequin duck.
•  The 4th coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's popular Ducks of Canada series. 
•  Celebrate the life and habits of a beloved Canadian species.
•  A beautiful addition to any collection featuring fine artwork, natural images, native species of Canada, birds or Canadiana.
•  A thoughtful and valuable collectible for nature lovers and art aficionados.

Design:
Your coin features a pair of Harlequin ducks standing on rocks in a fast-moving stream. Presented in profile, the brightly coloured male takes center stage, its characteristic blue and russet plumage marked with bright white lines and spots outlined in black. The white dot behind its eye and white colouring above its dark bill are shared by the female, who stands behind him on the left side of the image. Her light brown-grey body faces the viewer and her face is presented in profile, to highlight her facial markings. Both stand with their strong webbed feet spread sturdily atop small rocks covered with moss that jut from the freshwater rapids of their summer breeding habitat. The rapids rise behind the ducks, far into the background, lending the scene a dynamic feel. As with the other coins in this series, portions of the image extend past the inner frame of the reverse, giving the image a unique three-dimensional appearance.

Did you know…
•  The Harlequin duck is about 30 to 50 centimetres long and weighs less than a kilogram.
•  Its surprising call sounds much like the squeak of a mouse, lending it the nickname “sea mouse” in some parts of its range.

The Harlequin spends its summers inland on the shores of fresh-water rapids. It nests on the ground or in tree or rock cavities near the water, generally returning to the same breeding site each year. The Harlequin feeds on invertebrates and fish and is a strong diver who hunts voraciously for insect larvae on stream bottoms. In autumn, the Harlequin migrates to the rocky, stormy Pacific and Atlantic coasts of British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Maritimes, where it feeds on crabs, mussels, fish eggs, and other prey that it pulls from crevices in shallow water.

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

Order your coin today!

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Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014)
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (10)
  • Good value (6)
  • Great quality (5)
  • Unique (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (5)
  • Holiday gift (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality driven (7), Budget shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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5.0

Nice art work, pretty

By Ken

from Prince George

About Me Quality Driven

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Good Value
  • Unique

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Gift For Child

Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

Nice looking coin

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Vibrant

By Catmommy

from montreal, Quebec

About Me Bargain Hunter, Quality Driven

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Good Value

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

      Beautiful, vibrant colors, lovely birds.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Nice coin!

      By SIana

      from Canada

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Great Quality
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

          Great coin! Vibrant colors!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ducks

          By Sovereign American

          from Hortonville, WI

          About Me Quality Driven

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Good Value
          • Great Quality

          Cons

          • Too Small

          Best Uses

          • Gift For Adult
          • Holiday Gift

          Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

          These ducks are great. However I wished they were the size of that 50 cent butterfly from a few years ago.

           
          4.0

          Just Ducky!

          By Bruce

          from Albuquerque, NM

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift For Adult

            Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

            Attractive colors and design. Would enjoy more information about the nature and habitat of this duck in the printed information that accompanies the coin. Looking forward to the next coin in this series.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great Series

            By Peter Darcy

            from Whitby

            About Me Quality Driven

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Good Value
            • Great Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

                I have the first three coins and most of the bird series. Being an avid Birder, these coins offer great quality for the price. They compliment the 1oz silver coins as I strive for any good representation of our avian friends.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Animal loveer

                By Golfbdt

                from London, Ontario

                About Me Avid collector

                Pros

                • Great Quality Beautiful L

                Cons

                • None of the above

                Best Uses

                • For The Collector

                Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

                Addition to personal collection, have all other 25 cent coins with coloured animals on them. I find them to be great pieces of art on a small canvas. One day I will turn them over to my granddaughter so that she may enjoy them.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                one of a kind duck

                By buddha

                from thunder bay, ontario, canada

                About Me Quality Driven

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Good Value
                • Great Quality
                • Nicely Detailed
                • Unique
                • Vivid Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift For Adult
                  • Holiday Gift

                  Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

                  a beautiful addition to my collection.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful coin

                  By Ali Muhialdin

                  from Montreal, Quebec

                  About Me Bargain Hunter, Dealer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Nice Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Collection Hobby
                    • Gift For Adult

                    Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

                    Beautiful design and colors. Would definitely add it to my collection.

                     
                    5.0

                    Ducks With Color Of Autumn!!

                    By Firebreak!!!

                    from Greenville, PA.

                    About Me Bargain Hunter, Colorized Coin Collector, Disabled Veteran, Father, Grandfather, Numismatist, Quality Driven

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Quality
                    • One Of A Kind
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Duck Hunters
                      • Gift For Adult
                      • Gift For Child
                      • Holiday Gift
                      • Special Occasion
                      • Wedding/Anniversary Gift

                      Comments about Harlequin Duck - Coloured Coin (2014):

                      Just slightly larger than the Silver Issue yet just as Beautiful. With the addition of water flowing behind the Ducks makes this another .25 cent coin to collect for it's cost of owning it. I still think the appeal and design of the scene will be very collectible to Duck Hunters World Wide all over North America. I still has a relative low mintage considering how huge the Coin Market is today. So, pick up one or two as gifts for friends and your own personal collection of Colorized Coins. There should still be at least one or two more to add to this series along with the many Species of Owl's. Tell everyone at the RCM another fine series of coins coin collectors will LOVE!!!

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                      Specifications

                      • No.130588
                      • Mintage17,500
                      • Compositioncupronickel
                      • Finishspecimen
                      • Weight (g) 13.7
                      • Diameter (mm) 35
                      • Edgeplain
                      • Certificateserialized
                      • Face value25 cents
                      • ArtistTrevor Tennant (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)