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This silver 999 coin captures nature’s beauty and resilience in the aftermath of an icy mid-winter freeze. First-time application of an enhanced finish recreates the look and feel of ice for a realistic viewing experience of a winter freeze’s impact on the Canadian landscape! The coin has a limited worldwide mintage of only 8.000 pieces!

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The Evening Grosbeak
The evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) is a large, stocky finch with colourful plumage, a short, slightly notched tail, and a very large, conical bill. The common name of the evening grosbeak comes from an old but mistaken belief that this species sings only in the evenings.
The male evening grosbeak is quite distinctive, being mostly bright yellow with a brownish-black head, neck and throat, a black tail and wings, and large white wing patches. The dark head is marked by a conspicuous bright yellow forehead and yellow stripes above the eyes. Outside of the breeding season, the heavy bill is off-white or buff, but it becomes pale greenish-yellow in spring. The evening grosbeak’s legs and feet are fleshy pink to brown.
The female evening grosbeak is slightly smaller than the male and has much paler, duller plumage. Most of the female’s head and body is greyish-brown, with a yellowish wash on the sides of the neck and white under the tail. The wings and tail are black, with white and grey patches on the wings, a white tail tip and white spotting on the black uppertail coverts. The female evening grosbeak may also have faint dark ‘moustache’ stripes either side of the chin, and a dark line above the bill to the eye. Juveniles are similar in appearance to the adult female, but are duller and browner overall.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse image by Canadian artists Tony Bianco and Arnold Nogy features three evening grosbeaks (Coccothraustes vespertinus) as they move along ice-covered branches. Selective colour allows for the birds, and berries in the foreground to stand out from the engraved countryside in the background, while the addition of high gloss overlay recreated the glistening ice veneer of a winter freeze.