2013 Canada Silver Bald Eagle Lifelong Mates 1 Ounce (oz) Proof (PR)70 Deep Cameo (DCAM) First Strike (FS) PCGS Bald Eagle Label includes the Original Government Packaging (OGP) and Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
The 2013 Canada Silver Bald Eagle Lifelong Mates 1 Ounce Proof coin is certified to be 99.99% pure silver with a diameter of 38 millimeters and a metal weight of 31.39 grams. The reverse image by Canadian artist Claudio D'Angelo features a bald eagle pair standing on a rocky shoreline by a large river backed by vast mountains and is engraved with the word "CANADA" the date "2013" and the face value of "20 DOLLARS." This coin also features unique edge lettering, with the words "FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR 1 OZ" engraved around the edge of the coin. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susann Blunt.
A certificate of authenticity accompanies this item and attests that the 2013 $20 fine silver coin is proof quality and is authorized by the Government of Canada. It was expertly struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, and has a limited mintage worldwide.
A Match for Life
The amazing bald eagle -- Haliaeetus leucocephalus -- is Canada's largest bird of prey and the only eagle exclusive to North America. An apex predator with no natural enemies, the bald eagle has long been a potent symbol of vision, power and stoicism. The adult boasts a wing span of more than 2 meters, a standing height of about 1 meter, and an average weight of up to 7 kilograms. Females are generally larger than males. The renowned raptor is noted for its distinctive dark-feathered body and white-feathered head, large golden eyes, bright yellow beak and massive yellow claws armed with sharp, powerful talons. This long-lived bird can survive nearly 30 years in the wild and even longer in captivity. Nesting in tall trees normally near large bodies of water, bald eagles survive on a diet of fish, birds, invertebrates and small mammals, but are opportunistic feeders who will also steal from other predators and eat carrion.
The bald eagle does not reach reproductive maturity until its fifth year of life, at which time the eagle seeks a mate that will likely become its life partner. In some instances, mated adult eagles will seek a new partner if one of the pair leaves the region or dies, or if the pair have difficulty reproducing.
The mating process begins with courtship, which is an amazing sight to behold for lucky onlookers. The courtship "dance" is a display of amazing partnered aerodynamics as the couple swoops, dives, spins, wheels, locks claws, chases and calls to one another in full flight high above the ground. Once mated, the pair seeks a nesting spot. Most bald eagles in Canada, concentrated particularly on the Pacific Coast, choose broad, tall conifers near the ocean or another large body of water. Those without access to trees will nest in cliffs or other elevated and isolated natural features. The region immediately surrounding the chosen nesting spot becomes the pair's defensible hunting and breeding territory.
Together, the couple tackles the considerable task of nest building. Bald eagle nests are massive structures of branch and twig averaging several meters in diameter and a meter deep. The nests become firmly established for this long-lived bird, which adds new material to the nest each year. Some eagle pairs will build more than one such nest within their territory, and will alternate their usage from year to year. The female will lay her one to three large eggs on a soft feather-lined divot in the center of the structure.
In Canada, large bald eagle populations are concentrated along the Pacific Coast; however, stable smaller populations are also found across the Prairie Provinces, in Northern Ontario, on Cape Breton Island, and in Newfoundland-and-Labrador. At-risk populations are still found in Southern Ontario and New Brunswick.
||31.39g | 1 Troy Ounce
||99.99% pure silver