Found throughout much of Canada, the majestic red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a graceful glider and a swift hunter that soars effortlessly above the open country. Its superb vision allows it to swoop down upon its prey with a swift efficiency that makes it a compelling symbol for resilience and strength—a sentiment that resonates in this superb fine silver coin.
Item Number: 150199
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Artist: Emily S. Damstra
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with custom beauty box
- First coin issued this year in the ongoing Majestic Animal series, which celebrates some of Canada’s most distinctive and iconic animal species.
- The intricately engraved design is brought to life through the use of multiple finishes and selective colour that recreates the appearance of a western red-tailed hawk in the wild.
- Certified 99.99% pure silver coin with a limited mintage worldwide.
- This beloved series of coins is highly sought-after—those issued in 2015 sold out quickly, order this one today!
- This gorgeous coin combines rich artistry and craftsmanship, resulting in a timeless collectible and a dazzling piece of art.
- An exquisite addition to any nature, wilderness or Canadiana-themed collection.
- An incomparable gift for outdoor enthusiasts, travellers and nature lovers.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra uses selective colour to highlight the engraved depiction of a red-tailed hawk in its natural setting. In a unique twist, this large, broad-shaped bird is viewed from the perspective of its prey, as though the viewer were staring up at the sky from ground level; the hawk is depicted in a controlled dive on outstretched wings, with talons ready and a fixed gaze that conveys the strength, fierceness and determination associated with this species. Intricate engraving recreates the smallest of details—from the softly feathered legs to the textured appearance of its overlapping feathers—while the selective application of reddish-brown, cream and yellow colours recreate the whitish underbelly and predominantly brown-spotted patterning of the western subspecies (Buteo jamaicensis calurus). In the background, the towering peaks and trees of Western Canada rise up beneath the great expanse of sky—a fitting, grand setting for this celebration of a majestic species.