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NORTHERN FLICKER Birds Among Nature Colours Silver Coin 10$ Canada 2017


This beautiful Silver coin is the second issue in the new exciting “Birds Among Nature’s Colours” series and depicts a Northern Flicker, known for its loud drumming and a rolling call. The coin has a beautiful colouration, has a Proof quality and comes packaged in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 15.000 pcs worldwide.

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Northern Flicker
The northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) is a medium-sized member of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands, and is one of the few woodpecker species that migrate. Over 100 common names for the northern flicker are known. Among them are: “yellowhammer” (not to be confused with the Eurasian yellowhammer), clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, and gawker bird. Many of these names are attempts at imitating some of its calls.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2017
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.87
  • Diameter (mm)34
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)15.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse image by Canadian artist Jean-Charles Daumas captures the delicate beauty of springtime in Canada’s many forests. Returning to its breeding range after wintering in the south, the northern flicker is positioned vertically on a tree limb to allow a full view of its distinctively patterned plumage. Intricate engraving captures its likeness in outstanding detail, from the relatively long bill to the darker markings on its tail and upper wing feathers. Towards the base of the tree, selective colour adds a bright splash of colour to the woodland scene. Red, green, yellow and white paint beautifully recreate the three-leaf clusters of red trillium (Trillium erectum) and white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), which carpet the forest floor each April and May. On the left of the reverse, the inscription: “10 DOLLARS” – the face value. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “CANADA” – the issue country, “D·G·REGINA” – Dei Gratia Regina, “2017” – the year of issue and “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen.