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GREAT BLUE HERON Ardea Celebrating 150th Anniversary Silver Coin 10$ Canada 2017


Fourth 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, a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), stands in the shallow water of the rivers of New Brunswick. Limited mintage to 25.000 pieces in the world.

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Great Blue Heron
Great blue herons are waders, typically seen along coastlines, in marshes, or near the shores of ponds or streams. They are expert fishers. Herons snare their aquatic prey by walking slowly, or standing still for long periods of time and waiting for fish to come within range of their long necks and blade-like bills. The deathblow is delivered with a quick thrust of the sharp bill, and the prey is swallowed whole. Great blue herons have been known to choke to death by attempting to swallow fish too large for their long, S-shaped necks. Though they are best known as fishers, mice constitute a large part of their diet, and they also eat insects and other small creatures.

  • 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 a photograph captured by Canadian photographer Claude Belanger, the reverse captures an idyllic scene along the water’s edge in New Brunswick. The application of colour over the detailed engraving recreates the life-like qualities of the original photograph, in which a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) stands in the shallow water. Partially shielded by the dried grass and reeds that line the riverbank, the side-profile view showcases the long-legged bird’s pointed beak, its striking blue-grey plumage, and the longer feathers on its head, wings and chest. The reverse also features the engraved word “Canada” and the dates “1867-2017” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.