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MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD The Migratory Birds Convention 100 Years of Protection Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2016


Migratory Birds Convention represents an enduring partnership between Canada and the United States to protect our beloved migratory bird populations. This Silver coin is the first coin in this new series and features the bluebird, a colourful bird protected under its provisions. Limited mintage to only 7.000 pieces worldwide!

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Mountain Bluebirds
There are three species of these colorful North American birds. Eastern and western bluebirds have a reddish brown breast, which contrasts with their predominately blue plumage. Their relative, the (male) mountain bluebird is entirely blue. Eastern bluebirds are primarily found east of the Rockies, and range from Canada to Mexico and Honduras. They are much admired for their lovely coloring and for a distinctive song that many hear as "chur-lee, chur-lee." The eastern bluebird is the state bird of both New York and Missouri. Western bluebirds are found west of the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. The mountain bluebird also inhabits much of western North America—often at elevations above 7,000 feet (2,133 meters). Bluebirds eat small fruits and hunt insects, spiders, and other creatures from above. The birds perch, watch, and then swoop to the ground to pounce on their prey. Bluebirds living in higher latitudes may head south if food becomes scarce or temperatures too cold. Mountain bluebirds typically migrate to lower elevations during the same lean seasons. Bluebirds are considered fairly common, but their numbers have declined substantially during the last century. Populations have been given a boost by the birdhouse boxes that have become popular in many parks and backyards.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

This $20 coin is 99.99% pure silver, with a diameter of 38 millimetres and a nominal metal weight of 31.39 grams. The reverse design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo features a stunning side profile of a mountain bluebird in flight over an open meadow, where a nest box sits on a fencepost alongside a rocky stream. Finely detailed engraving gives this portrait a beautiful, life-like quality by recreating the songbird’s fine features, from its pointed black bill to the feathers of its tail and outstretched wings. Selective colour recreates the mountain bluebird’s most defining feature—its dazzling sky-blue plumage—and adds a vibrant, gem-like splash of colour against the engraved rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the background.