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Canada 2013 American Bald Eagle #1 - Portrait of Power $20 Pure Silver Proof - MINT ERROR - NO EDGE LETTERS - MISSING EDGE LETTERING

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A masterwork of wildlife fine art, this powerful portrait of an American Bald Eagle is intricately rendered in pure silver on this meticulously engraved, low mintage proof beauty! This is A MINT ERROR! It is MISSING EDGE LETTERING! That's right, there are NO EDGE LETTERS! The Mint really goofed on this one!

Sold out at the Mint! Talisman Coins is proud to bring you the latest in the Royal Canadian Mint's Canadian Wildlife Exploration Program, featuring realistic, naturalistic representations of some of Canada's best-known animals! These outstanding wildlife designs recall those found on one of the most popular programs ever from the Royal Canadian Mint - the Wildlife Coin & Stamps Sets!

Investment Opportunity!UNPRECEDENTED MINT ERROR! The Royal Canadian Mint really goofed on this one! This was already a phenomenally popular release - the mintage of just 7,500 completely sold out at the Mint in mere hours on pre-release. Apparently a tiny number of faulty strikes escaped the Mint somehow, missing their edge lettering. That's right - NO EDGE LETTERS ARE PRESENT! Snap this one up and own an unique piece of numismatic history - and a phenomenal investment!

A portrait of power, the magnificent bald eagle in profile!This is the very first in the new American Bald Eagle Series, which will highlight the national bird of the United States of America from four different perspectives (please see below for more details on this program)! First up the Portrait of Power, a stunning profile vignette of this noble bird. Each one troy ounce, pure silver, frosted cameo proof in this new series features unique edge lettering (see image below)! Best of all is the extremely low mintage limit of 7,500 - all of which sold out at the Mint on pre-release! 

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Availability Note - This coin sold out at the Mint on pre-release in a matter of hours! As the first in a new series, we can not recommend this highly enough. Hesitate now and repent at your leisure!

A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo features a stunning profile portrait of a bald eagle. Viewed from its left side, the striking raptor fixes the viewer with its legendary gaze, its wide eye staring powerfully below its snowy feathered brow. The intricate patterns of its white head feathers are rendered in dimensional detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers. The eagle’s sharply curved beak is open to highlight its curved, pointed hook. This coin also features unique edge lettering, with the words “1 OZ FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR” engraved around the edge of the coin.

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Four American Bald Eagle $20 Pure Silver Proof coins are planned (each with edge lettering):
    1)  Noble Bird - Portrait of Power
    2)  Bald Eagle Pair - Lifelong Mates
    3)  Deadly Predator - Returning from the Hunt
    4)  Eagles Family - Mother Protecting Her Eaglets
+  American Bald Eagle $200 1 Ounce Pure Gold Proof (mintage 350)
+  American Bald Eagle $300 1 Ounce Pure Platinum Proof (mintage 200)

A pair of magnificent North American bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, perched on a rocky shore of a fast moving river.Low mintage coins featuring the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Ram include:
    1)  Bighorn Sheep Ram 25¢ 0.5 Gram Pure Gold Proof (mintage 10,000)
    2)  Bighorn Sheep Ram $300 1 Ounce Pure Platinum Proof (mintage 250)

Low mintage coins in the Silver Beaver Series include:
    1)  Beaver $20 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proof (mintage 8,500)
    2)  Beaver $50 5 Ounce Pure Silver Proof (mintage 1,500)

Low mintage coins in the Robert Bateman Moose Series include:
    1)  Bull Moose $20 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proof (mintage 7,500)
    2)  Bull Moose $250 1 Kilogram Pure Silver Proof (mintage 1,000)
    3)  Bull Moose - The Challenge $200 1 Ounce Pure Gold Proof (mintage 750)
    4)  Bull Moose $300 1 Ounce Pure Platinum Proof (mintage 250)

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The Magnificent Bald Eagle
The great Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a native North American bird of prey whose battle back from the brink of extinction in some areas in the 1970s, is a species success story. Today, its range covers most of North America, from Alaska to northern Mexico. In Canada, salmon-rich British Columbia is the astonishing hunter’s stronghold! However, this magnificent bird breeds in all provinces and territories. Its populations are regularly monitored by wilderness authorities.

Bald_Eagle_Flying.jpgMost people realize that (despite its name) the bald eagle is not actually bald. The term “bald” may come from an outmoded usage meaning “white”, or from the term “piebald,” which means “patchy.” The bald eagle’s head and tail are covered in bright white feathers and the remainder of its body is dark brown. It has a sharp hooked beak and large feet tipped with long, razor-like talons and small spicules (spikes) that make it an exceptional hunter.

Eagles are renowned for their amazing vision, which allows them to see up to seven times farther than humans. Their swiftness is also notable and they can reach especially high speeds when diving. They consume small mammals, snakes, other birds, and carrion.

A bald eagle’s nesting spot of choice is a large tree near an isolated, well-stocked body of water. Their nests are among the largest in the world, spanning over ten feet (three meters) and weighing up to a ton, and host two eaglets per breeding cycle. Bald eagles are believed to mate for life. Their mating dance is a sight to behold, as prospective partners take turns trying to impress one another with complicated aerial maneuvers that include cartwheels, talon-locking, and more.

Coastal eagles in more moderate climates tend to stay in the same territory year round; otherwise, eagles will migrate to coastal or southern wintering grounds. An apex predator exclusive to North America with no obvious natural enemies, the bald eagle population today seems to remain stable throughout most of its range.

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Investment Note
The bald eagle is one of the most popular of all American animals, as featured on many legal tender coins and its postage stamps of the United States; in fact, the bald eagle is the national bird of the United States! This pure silver coin has a total mintage limit of only 7,500, one of the lowest ever for a Canadian $20 silver proof. We believe that this will be a very scarce issue, difficult to find in the aftermarket for years to come. The first two issues in Wildlife Exploration Program (the 2012 Moose $20 Pure Silver Proof and the 2013 Beaver $20 Silver Proof) sold out at the Mint instantly - as did this Bald Eagle Silver Proof! Finally, the edge lettering is a nice little bonus, too!

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Canada 2013 Bald Eagle Silver $20 Proof in BoxTechnology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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A meticulously detailed and finely profiled portrait of a noble bald eagle. The artistry is so subtle and intricate that the individual feathers on the eagle can be clearly distinguished. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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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") also appears.

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Edge Lettering

MINT ERROR - It was supposed to have edge lettering like all its brethren, but this guy is missing the edge letters. WOW!


The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit     7,500
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Artist Claudio D'Angelo
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Portrait of Power

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 metres, a standing height of about 1 metre, 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, 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 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.

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Dominated by a massive, sharply curved yellow beak, the adult bald eagle’s distinctive head is covered to the neck with long, smooth white feathers. The arrangement of the feathers above its large golden eyes gives the adult eagle a frowning countenance that is perhaps a factor in the bird’s symbolic associations with power. The most important attribute on this iconic head, however, is the eyes. About four times more powerful than human sight, eagles’ vision, which is full-colour, has two focal centres, allowing the bird to see both in front and behind in a single glance. The eyes remain clean and moist with the help of translucent nictitating membranes that allow the bird to “blink” without disrupting its gaze. It is this gifted vision that empowers the eagle to spot relatively small prey underwater or in grassy plains while soaring hundreds of metres in the air - despite these prey animals’ natural camouflage.

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The bald eagle breathes through “naris” or nostrils on each side of its large beak. The beak itself, though impressive in size and shape, is used almost exclusively for tearing food and does not play a major role in hunting or fighting—the tasks of the bird’s massive talons. The bald eagle is not a vocal bird; its call resembles that of a gull. Its hearing, though not as keen as its sight, is about the same as that of most humans.

In Canada, most 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. At-risk populations are found in southern Ontario and New Brunswick.

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