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1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin – Ducks of Canada: Canvasback – Mintage: 10,000 (2016)

1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin – Ducks of Canada: Canvasback – Mintage: 10,000 (2016)

$69.95 CAD
Mintage: 10,000
Ships May-17-2019
Canada and US only

Makes the perfect gift for a family member or a friend who enjoys birds or nature!

Aythya valisineria, North America's largest diving duck, is noted for its exceptional physical abilities and the striking colouration of the drake (male) of the species. This amazing diver feeds primarily in shallow waters, but can dive more than 9 metres when necessary. It is also an incredibly fast flyer; it has been tracked flying at more than 100 kilometres per hour.

Weighing about one kilogram, the canvasback stands approximately 50 centimetres tall and has a wing span of about 85 centimetres. It has a round, stout body and webbed feet. The male bears stunning dark red plumage on its head, a black breast, rump and tail, and canvas-white feathers on its back, wings, and belly—from which the species gets its name. It also has an elegantly sloped forehead and a relatively long black bill. The mal's eyes are bright red. The female's brown and white body and darker red-brown head camouflage her among the marsh vegetation where she makes her nest.

The canvasback spends its summers in breeding grounds on the lakes, ponds, prairie potholes and rivers of western North America, from central Alaska and most of Yukon and the western Northwest Territories through much of Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, and south and western Manitoba and into the north central United States. Unlike most ducks, it does not build its nest on land; instead, it lays its eggs in a floating nest fashioned from marsh vegetation and lined with down. In late autumn, it migrates south and spends its winters on the Pacific coast of the United States, across the south-central United States, along the eastern Atlantic coast, the Gulf coast (especially Louisiana), and across much of northern Mexico.

Your coin is the perfect gift for a friend or a family member who enjoys birds or nature. Order your coin today!

Special features:
  • The canvasback is the sixth coin in our popular Ducks of Canada series.
  • A limited mintage of 10,000 and highly popular subject matter for bird watchers, duck hunters and coloured coin admirers means that this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors.
  • Beautifully designed by Saskatchewan artist Glen C. Scrimshaw this coin celebrates the beauty of Canada's waterfowl with a male and female canvasback in their natural habitat on a selectively coloured and engraved coin of 99.99% pure silver.
  • Your coin is GST/HST exempt and has a limited mintage worldwide.

About the Design:

Designed by Canadian artist Glen C. Scrimshaw, your coin features a coloured and engraved male and female canvasback in their natural habitat. Standing at the right front side of the image, the male is presented in profile from its left. The stance highlights the drake's characteristically sloped bill, graceful neck, and distinctive colouring. The male stands on a floating nest filled with eight small eggs. The female paddles in the water on the left side of the image, slightly behind the male. Her pose showcases the swimming posture of the canvasback as well as the female's mottled brown colouring. The background presents a beautifully coloured sunrise scene on a misty tree-lined lake.


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

Order your coin today!


Ducks Of Canada:Canvasback Fine Silver coin


I now am enjoying my most recent collection of Pure Silver coins .9999




- Ducks of Canada: Canvasback


Worth keeping if you are collecting coins

Grama Reen

Dover Centre, Ontario


Glen Scrimshaw is one of Canada's premier artists


I am a proud owner of many Scrimshaw paintings and he is one of Western Canada's most loved artists. the negative comments must be from Eastern Canada.

prairie girl

Vancouver BC


ordinary coin


I needed this coin to complete the set. I might add, that if this was the first coin in a series, the duck coins would have never taken off. In this case, 5 of 6 coins have already been purchased and so the sixth coin is simple Hum-Drum


Central Ontario


Nice Coin


Nice coin but common looking not much wow

Ade the collector



Another nice duck coin!


No background color as in some of the past duck coins. The color on the ducks alone is really nice just the same.


Blue Rock, OH


1/2 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin – Ducks of Canada: Canvasback – Mintage: 10000 (2016)

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Hi, when I saw the coin at first I was surprised to see a round, raised, convex, circular shape that looked like a imperfection - I understand now that it is the sun...but I see no "beautifully coloured sunrise". Please tell me if the pimple on the coin is supposed to be there and where is the colour of a sunrise? The ducks are absolutely perfect.


Hi John, Yes the round, raised convex circular shape is the sun. The description of the coin design mentions "...beautifully coloured sunrise scene..." referencing the coloured ducks, which are the main focus of the scene. The sun is intentionally not coloured.


Will the RCM be publishing a twenty-five cent Canvasback Coin?


Hi Trishy, We don't publish our coin designs in advance. If you sign up for our email newsletter you will be amongst the first to know should we issue a twenty-five cent Canvasback Coin.


Is there supposed to be a representation of a sun in the background? In other words, a raised round silver spot?

Retired Coin-man

Hi, Yes, the coin has a sun in the described in the product description on the product page; "The background presents a beautifully coloured sunrise scene on a misty tree-lined lake."


  • No.142650
  • Mintage10,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 15.87
  • Diameter (mm) 34
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value10 dollars
  • ArtistGlen Scrimshaw (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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