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Commems Collection Canadian: 2014 Bald Eagle With Fish Silver $20

 
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The first $20 silver coin in the series - "A Day in the Life of a Bald Eagle" - was released by the Royal Canadian Mint In 2014. It was an unadorned silver coin, and followed the 2013 four-coin Bald Eagle $20 series.

Presented here is the "Bald Eagle with Fish" coin. Its reverse design presents a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in "hunter" mode just moments after catching a fish in its sharp talons; it is depicted rising from the water to return with its prey to its nest. A rocky shoreline with a few trees is seen behind the eagle in the background. Claudio D'Angelo is the Quebec-based artist responsible for the design. D'Angelo also designed the other $20 coins in the 2014 series - the colourized "Soaring Bald Eagle," and the selectively-gold-plated "Perched Eagle." (Here's a link to my post on the Soaring Bald Eagle Coin; a post about the "Perched Eagle" will follow at a future date.)

The coin's obverse features the Susanna Blunt, right-facing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

From the Mint's web page for the coin:

An apex predator with no natural enemies as an adult, the Bald Eagle has long been a potent symbol of vision, power,and stoicism. The adult boasts a wing span of more than 2 metres, a standing height of about 1 metre, and an average weight of up to 7 kilograms. Nesting in tall trees near large bodies of water and well away from human habitation, 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 coin was struck on a one-ounce 0.9999 fine silver planchet (31.39 grams) as a proof coin. It had a maximum stated mintage of 8,500, and, per the Mint's 2014 Annual Report, sold 7,235 units - ~85% of the Mint's stated maximum. The issue price for the coin was $89.95 (CAD) [~$73.00 USD at the time]. As with the other coins in the series, the "Bald Eagle with Fish" coin has a serrated/reeded edge and is 38 millimeters in diameter.

2014 Bald Eagle with Fish $20 Silver Coin - Reverse



For more of my topics on commemorative coins and medals, including more on Canadian commemoratives, see: Commems Collection.



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Is anyone here rooting for the fish?
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Is anyone here rooting for the fish?

Maybe the fish is in a hurry and is just catching a quick lift to the other side of the lake?


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Is anyone here rooting for the fish?

Are you kidding? The fish? That poor Eagle!

OK, stop and think about it... how many fish do you know of that are swimming upside down when an eagle swoops and clutches them in its' claws? Yet the fish on this coin is...in fact...belly up!

This image actually depicts the predation of an eagle experiencing the jumping belly-slam attack method of the Canucky Piranha Trout Salmo bellygetta birdius

The Canucky Piranha Trout, being designed with telescopic lenses in their eyes, lie in hunting packs at the bottom of a lake hoping to see any bird of prey swooping down on another fish. The alpha Canucky Piranha Trout then propels itself at terrific speeds up and out of the water, performs a 1/2 somersault, and slams it's chiten-armoured (not a misspelling - we are talking about Canada here!) belly into the dangling claws of the eagle. The surprise of the attack aids what happens next.

The sheer force of the belly-slam impact not only ruins the bird's flight path stability, but since the eagle was in a high speed dive, its' own downward inertia causes the bird to impact the water with great energy and the bird is driven far below the water's surface. The waiting pack of Canucky Piranha Trout pack eagerly then...well...have a party over their foul deed.



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