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SNOWY OWL Bubo Scandiacus Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2016


Majestic, powerful and hauntingly silent in flight, the Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) embodies the enigmatic nature of Canada’s Arctic region. It is one of the largest owl species and contrary to common belief, can see equally well day or night—an ability that is particularly important for this northern resident that must hunt under the midnight sun of the Arctic summer.

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Snowy Owl
The Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large owl of the typical owl family Strigidae.
The Snowy Owl is the official bird of the Canadian province of Quebec. It is also widely sought after by birdwatchers and nature-enthusiasts alike.
This yellow-eyed, black-beaked white bird is easily recognizable.
The Snowy Owl is typically found in the northern circumpolar region, where it makes its summer home north of latitude 60º north. They nest in the Arctic tundra of the northernmost stretches of Alaska, Canada, and Eurasia.
Though Snowy Owls have few predators, the adults are very watchful and are equipped to defend against any kind of threat towards them or their offspring.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)6.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse design by Canadian artist Douglas Laird features a beautiful snowy owl after the first snow. Intricately engraved and beautifully enhanced with vibrant colour, this unique close-up allows a magnificent view of this majestic creature’s remarkable features, from its rounded head and black bill to the down-covered legs and toes. Perched on a dried piece of wood in a rolling field, the owl’s brown-barred white plumage allows for an element of camouflage amidst its natural surroundings—particularly as the softly falling snow blankets the landscape. Using its acute hearing, the snowy owl has detected our intrusion and has swiveled its head to spy the viewer with the big, yellow eyes that help it seek its prey throughout the seasons.