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COMMON LOON Baby Animals Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2016


This is the ninth coin in the beloved Baby Animals series, which tenderly depicts baby animals in the Canadian wilderness. The coin in this edition showcases a classic canadian icon, the common loon (Gavia immer), with its offspring in one of the many lakes that are part of Canada’s famously scenic landscape. Limited mintage to 5.500 pcs in the world.

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Common Loon
Named for their clumsy, awkward appearance when walking on land, common loons are migratory birds which breed in forested lakes and large ponds in northern North America and parts of Greenland and Iceland. They winter all along North America’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts as well as in Europe and Iceland. Their unusual cries, which vary from wails to tremolos to yodels, are distinct to individuals and can be heard at great distances. Loon cries are most prevalent during breeding season as pairs aggressively defend their territories. Loons have striking red eyes, black heads and necks, and white striping, checkering, and spotting on their backs. They grow up to three feet (91 centimeters) in length and weigh up to 12 pounds (5 kilograms), feeding largely on fish and invertebrates.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse design by Canadian artist Glen Loates features selective colour over the engraved side-profile portrait of a baby loon, or chick, swimming at the edge of a lake in Algonquin Park. The brown-black downy feathers are given a soft appearance through detailed engraving as the chick splashes about in the water, flapping its wings and raising its webbed feet. The colour extends to the purple flowers and green-stemmed leaves of the pickerelweed in the foreground and behind the engraved adult female, which tenderly remains at the young loon’s side during its first weeks of life.