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Canada 2010 7-Coin Specimen Set with Northern Harrier Hawk Dollar

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An unique finish, a new, even lower mintage limit, and unique animal dollar (found only here!) make for an incomparable set!

Specimen Set CoinsSold out at the Mint!The Specimen Set from the Royal Canadian Mint is indeed unique, unlike any other coin set found anywhere else in the world. Each coin features the mint's distinctive "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both brilliant and frosted finishes, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, providing a matte appearance. These combine to give the Specimen Set coins their special aesthetic appeal and flair.

The 2010 Specimen Set includes a specimen-finish example of each and every one of the circulation coins of Canada, each of which features a design of national importance, including:

    One Cent Maple Leaf Penny
    Five Cent Beaver Nickel
    Ten Cent Bluenose Schooner Dime
    Twenty-Five Cent Caribou Quarter
    Fifty Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar
    One Dollar Common Northern Harrier Hawk "Loonie"
    Two Dollar Bimetallic Polar Bear "Toonie"

However, instead of a standard common loon dollar, the 2010 Specimen Set includes a dollar found only in this set (and not released into circulation). This one-year-only design features a splendid Northern Harrier Hawk surveying its domain and searching for prey from a cattail or bulrush.

New this year - an even lower mintage limit - only 35,000!

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The Northern Harrier Hawk
The Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) is a handsome hawk, found throughout the northern parts of the northern hemisphere in Canada and the northernmost USA, and in northern Eurasia. It is known by several different names, including the hen harrier and the marsh hawk. It migrates to more southerly areas in winter, to the southernmost USA, Mexico, and Central America. It is the only harrier hawk indigenous to Canada.

A splendid Northern Harrier Hawk surveying its domain and searching for prey from a fence post.The Northern Harrier measures 18 to 22 inches (45-55 cm) in length, with a wingspan of between 40 and 48 inches (100-122 cm). It resembles other harriers in having distinct male and female plumages. The sexes also differ in weight, with males weighing an average of 12 to 13 ounces (350 g) and females an average of 19 ounces (530 g).

This medium-sized raptor (or bird of prey) breeds on moorland, bogs and farmland. The nest is on the ground. Four to six whitish eggs are laid. In winter, the Northern Harrier is a bird of open country, and will then roost communally, often with other, similarly sized raptors. This is a typical harrier, with long wings held in a shallow V in its low, contour-hugging, flight. Northern Harriers hunt small mammals and birds, surprising them as they drift low over fields and moors. This harrier tend to be a very vocal bird while it glides over its hunting ground.

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Investment Notes
The Specimen Set has sold out every year since the mint imposed a mintage limit of only 40,000 sets. However, for 2010 the mintage limit has been reduced to only 35,000! In addition, the 2010 Specimen Set is the only way to get the Northern Harrier Hawk dollar. All collectors of Canadian dollar coins and all loonie collectors need this coin. These factors combined with the premium packaging make this set a great value!

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The value-packed 2010 7-Coin Specimen Set from Canada includes the unique Northern Harrier Hawk dollar, found only here!


The obverse of each coin features the familiar designs found on the regular circulation coins of Canada as described and pictured above. The dollar coin depicts a splendid Northern Harrier Hawk surveying its domain and searching for prey from a cattail or bullrush.

The reverse of each coin features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and mint mark also appear.

The coins are sealed a sturdy plastic lens, attractively packaged inside a large, burgundy-leatherette book lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually numbered certificate with full specifications accompanies the set.

Set Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
Face Value 3 Dollars and 91 Cents
Mintage Limit 35,000
Finish Specimen
Artist Arnold Nogy (Northern Harrier Hawk dollar)
Certificate Individually Numbered

Individual Coin Specifications
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