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COMMON LOON Celebrating 150th Anniversary Silver Coin 10$ Canada 2017


First in an exciting 13 Fine Silver coin series as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, that showcases Canada’s iconic flora, fauna, landscapes and landmarks. This coin 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 25.000 pieces 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
  • Year2017
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.87
  • Diameter (mm)34
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)25.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

Based on an image by Canadian nature photographer Jim Cumming, the reverse transports the viewer to one of Ontario’s many lakes, where an iconic common loon (Gavia immer) has set up its summer home. Gliding across the glassy surface of its habitat, the loon tilts upwards in the water to stretch its wings, which offers the viewer a better glimpse of its remarkable wing feathers. The application of vibrant colour recreates the life-like qualities of the original photograph and captures the loon in fine detail, from its checkered plumage to the unique black-and-white collar beneath its jet-black head. The engraving brings a beautiful element of dimension to the overall design, which truly conveys the wild, untamed beauty of Ontario’s lakes. The reverse also features the engraved word “CANADA” and the dates “1867-2017” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.