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 thirty ninth is a 2014 CAD $5 "Bald Eagle".
It weights 31.1g with silver purity of 99.99% and Bullion finish. The mintage was 1,000,000 units.
This is the second of four coins in the Bullion finished "Birds of Prey" series, the Bald Eagle.
A true apex predator with no natural enemies as an adult, the majestic bald eagle has long been the embodiment of power, wisdom and calmness. The bald eagle is not actually bald on its head, but rather has white feathers and was named after an older meaning of bald which more closely resembled "white-headed".
The adult has a wingspan over 2 metres, weighs about 7 kilograms and has a standing height of about 1 metre. The females are noticeably larger than the males, up to about 25% and both are imposing predators that dominate their habitats. Bald Eagles make one of the largest nests of any bird, sometimes as much as 4 metres deep and 2.5 metres across and they can weigh up to a ton.
Young bald eagles are different in plumage than mature adults and typically have light brown feathers around their head, rather than white.
These rugged and majestic predators have been used as symbols by many cultures, from ancient American civilizations to the United States for whom it is their national symbol.
The reverse, designed by Emily Damstra, shows a Bald Eagle carrying a fish in its talons.
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