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BABY BURROWING OWL Colored 1 oz Silver Proof Coin 20$ Canada 2015


This 1 oz Silver 999 coin is dedicated to the young Burrowing Owls, particularly endearing for their extra-long legs that stick out from beneath their bodies like stilts. The coin is enhanced with colour to showcase the baby Burrowing Owl's plumage and bright yellow eyes. Limited worldwide mintage of only 7.500 pieces.

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Burrowing Owl
The Burrowing Owl is a small ground-dwelling Owl with long legs, a round head and no ear tufts. It has also been called Ground Owl, Prairie Dog Owl, Rattlesnake Owl, Howdy Owl, Cuckoo Owl, Tunnel Owl, Gopher Owl, and Hill Owl. The facial disc is pale brownish with prominent white eyebrows above the bright yellow eyes. The bill is greyish-olive and the cere greyish-brown. There is a distinct whitish throat band.
Upperparts are brown, with the forehead and crown having whitish streaks and dots. Elsewhere is irregularly dotted whitish to pale ochre with relatively large, rounded spots. Flight feathers are barred light and dark, and the tail is brown has 3-4 pale bars.
Underparts are whitish to pale buff with dense dusky brown bars. Tarsi are conspicuously long and sparsely feathered. The olive-grey toes are bristled, and the claws are dark horn with blackish tips. Females are usually darker than the males.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
The coin's reverse was designed by Canadian artist Arnold Nogy and features a heartwarming design of an adult Burrowing Owl standing next to its owlet while holding a tasty offering of a grasshopper in its beak. Beautiful selective colouring showcases the Burrowing Owl's brown and white speckled plumage and highlights the key difference between an adult and its young; chicks have a solid, buff-coloured chest whereas an adult's chest is barred. The tall grass highlights the Burrowing Owl's prairie habitat and one can perhaps detect the shadowy entrance to a burrow behind the adorable pair. The coin's obverse depists the effigy of Her Queel Elizabeth II.