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2 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Birds in the Backyard - Mintage: 3,000 (2019)

2 oz. Pure Silver Coloured Coin - Birds in the Backyard - Mintage: 3,000 (2019)

$189.95 CAD
Mintage: 3,000
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A special gathering of our colourful friends! Order today!

A backyard feeder or birdhouse is our way of putting out the welcome mat for our winged friends! Bird watching is one of the easiest ways to observe Canada’s wildlife. By attracting birds to our outdoor spaces, we can learn more about our avian neighbours—from their colour variations or their different calls. This simple viewing activity can provide hours of enjoyment, and every visit is a treasured moment. This 2 oz. pure silver coin invites you to a special backyard gathering. While our popular bird-themed coins often highlight one species at a time, this engraved piece brings together several different birds in one image. Selective colour highlights a few leaves of the catalpa tree. But all eyes are on the true stars of this design: the blue jay, the downy woodpecker, the northern cardinal and the purple martin—four of Canada’s famously colourful birds.

A beautiful 2 oz. pure silver coin featuring your favourite birds at a birdfeeder! Order today!

Special Features:
  • AN IDEAL GIFT FOR A BIRD LOVER! The design is an unusual opportunity to view four different bird species in one image—from the boisterous blue jay to the insect-eating purple martin, an ideal gift for a bird lover.
  • A FAVOURITE OF BIRDWATCHERS! Selective colour highlights the colourful feathers that make these birds a favourite of birdwatchers.
  • A POPULAR THEME! Our bird coins are always popular among collectors! While previous coins tend to highlight one species at a time, this beautiful piece brings together four different Canadian bird species in one viewing.
  • LIMITED WORLDWIDE MINTAGE! Limited mintage of 3,000 coins makes this sought-after coin a rare collectible.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • 2 OZ. 99.99% PURE SILVER! The 50-millimetre diameter allows for more engraved details and a more complex design. No GST/HST!


Designed by artist Neil Hamelin, the selectively coloured reverse features an engraved birdhouse in a catalpa tree (Catalpa speciosa). Several colourful Canadian bird species have gathered around this nesting box (from left to right): a curious blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), a little downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens), a northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)landing, and a perched purple martin (Progne subis). The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

This design faithfully captures the birdhouse we have in our backyard. It was painted from the vantage point that I get to enjoy when sitting in our yard and watching the birds.Neil Hamelin, Artist

Designs such as this one enable us to step away from the stress of everyday life and truly enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us.Christa Bruce, Product Manager, Royal Canadian Mint

Did you know…
  • A blue jay can be a bully at a feeder, where it may use its large size and loud call to intimidate smaller birds. But its colouring makes it a favourite of many Canadian birdwatchers! To attract a blue jay to your feeder, make sure it allows plenty of room for the blue jay to perch and keep it filled with sunflower seeds and peanuts. This mixture will attract cardinals, and other birds too.
  • Want to attract a woodpecker to your feeder? Downies are your best bet. These chickadee-sized woodpeckers have a preference for suet feeders, but they’ll happily snap up sunflower seeds, peanuts and chunky peanut butter—they’ll even drink from hummingbird feeders!
  • In Canada, purple martins flock to special types of birdhouses. These birdhouses either resemble gourds or multi-compartment hotels. This species is an aerial insectivore, so you’re not likely to see it at a feeder unless you leave crushed eggshells as a source of grit and calcium.


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

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  • No.173230
  • Mintage3,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 62.69
  • Diameter (mm) 50
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value30 dollars
  • ArtistNeil Hamelin (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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