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AMERICAN AVOCET 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 second coin in this new series and features the American Avocet, a colourful bird protected under its provisions. Limited mintage to only 6.500 pieces worldwide.

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American Avocet
In response to predators, the American Avocet sometimes issues a series of call notes that gradually changes pitch, simulating the Doppler effect and thus making its approach seem faster than it actually is. Nesting American Avocets aggressively attack predators, sometimes physically striking Northern Harriers or Common Ravens. American Avocet chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators. he oldest recorded American Avocet was over 15 years old, when it was found in California, where it had been banded a decade and a half earlier.

  • 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

The reverse design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo features a beautiful engraved portrait of an American avocet on its approach to a shallow marsh. Against the rolling foothills and the row of cottonwoods in the background, the avocet prepares to land amid the grasses that sway in the tranquil breeze. One of the shorebird’s long legs skims the surface of the water to slow its descent, creating a soft wake in this otherwise tranquil setting. The application of rich colour over the detailed engraving recreates the avocet’s defining characteristics: its dark, upturned bill; its cinnamon-coloured neck; the contrasting black-and-white colours of its back and wings; and the blue-grey legs that allow it to wade gracefully through shallow waters.