The unique coast-dwelling Harlequin duck is a rare and lovely sight along Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic shores in winter, and among fast-moving inland streams in summer. This fourth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular Ducks of Canada series celebrates the striking Harlequin duck.
Item Number: 130588
Weight (g)*: 13.7
Diameter (mm): 35
Face Value: 25 cents
Artist: Trevor Tennant
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with black beauty box
- The uniquely colourful beauty of the Harlequin is portrayed in full colour on this 4th cupronickel coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular Ducks of Canada Series.
- Celebrate the life and habits of a beloved Canadian species.
- A beautiful addition to any collection featuring fine artwork, natural images, native species of Canada, birds, or Canadiana.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Trevor Tennant features a pair of Harlequin ducks standing on rocks in a fast-moving stream. Presented in profile, the brightly coloured male takes center stage, its characteristic blue and russet plumage marked with bright white lines and spots outlined in black. The white dot behind its eye and white colouring above its dark bill are shared by the female, who stands behind him on the left side of the image. Her light brown-grey body faces the viewer and her face is presented in profile, to highlight her facial markings. Both stand with their strong webbed feet spread sturdily atop small rocks covered with moss that jut from the freshwater rapids of their summer breeding habitat. The rapids rise behind the ducks, far into the background, lending the scene a dynamic feel. As with the other coins in this series, portions of the image extend past the inner frame of the reverse, giving the image a unique three-dimensional appearance.