2013 Canada Silver Bald Eagle Returning from the Hunt 1 Ounce (oz) Proof includes the Original Government Packaging (OGP) and Certificate of Authenticity (COA).
The 2013 Canada Silver Bald Eagle Returning from the Hunt 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 with a freshly caught fish clutched in one claw, about to land on a pine bough. The reverse image 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.
The Day's Catch
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 and tail, 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.
When it comes to hunting, the bald eagle's most important assets are its eyes, its talons, and its exceptional diving speed. Eagle vision is about six times stronger than that of humans. In addition, transparent nictitating membranes on their eyes allow eagles to "blink" without losing sight of prey for even a moment. The eagle's claws are its key tool for hunting, nest building and more. Composed of three front toes and one back toe, all tipped with long keratinous talons, its claws are connected to tendons in the eagle's legs and feet that allow it to clampdown on captured prey with crushing force. Once the hunter has spotted the day's catch, it will dive at speeds in excess of 120 kilometers per hour, snatching its prey from the water or ground with lightning speed. The eagle later uses a claw to hold its catch while tearing at it with its sharp curved beak to eat.
The pillars of the bald eagle diet are fish, birds and small mammals; however, it will also scavenge, consuming carrion such as dead fish (whose white underside is particularly easy to spot from the eagle's airborne vantage point) when available. Salmon are particularly important to winter survival of eagles which winter on the Pacific Coast. Bald eagles focus on wounded prey, but can easily take down healthy prey animals. They are also opportunists with no compunction about stealing the hard-won food of others, particularly other aquatic birds such as osprey or even aquatic mammals like otters. The eagles will relentlessly chase their smaller bird competitors until the victim's prize is dropped, or will even snatch a fish or mouse from the talons of a smaller bird mid-flight.
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