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Canada 2013 American Bald Eagle #4 - Mother Protecting Her Baby Eaglets - Defending The Family Nest $20 Pure Silver Proof with Edge Lettering WX

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A masterwork of wildlife fine art, this moving portrait of an American Bald Eagle returning to its nest with a freshly caught fish, rendered in pure silver on this meticulously engraved, low mintage proof beauty features edge lettering!

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!

This is the fourth and final release in the extraordinarily popular 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)! We're pleased to present Eagles Family - Mother Protecting Her Eaglets, a stunning 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 - just like the first three in the series, Portrait of Power, Lifelong Mates and, Returning from the Hunt!

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A portrait of power, the magnificent bald eagle in profile!Availability Note - This coin sold out at the Mint on pre-release in a matter of hours! As the fourth and final release in an extremely popular series, we can not recommend this highly enough. Hesitate now and repent at your leisure!

Investment Note - Both the Bull Moose and the Beaver $20 1 Ounce Pure Silver Proofs sold out at the Mint immediately and have appreciated significantly in a very short time. We expect the American Bald Eagles to perform likewise - and their mintage limits are only 7,500 each! If you want to get in on the ground floor, act now - do not delay!

A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Claudio D’Angelo depicts a majestic female bald eagle protecting her two young eaglets in their treetop nest. The mother eagle dominates the center of the image. Viewed from behind, her left eye turned warily to the viewer, she raises her long left wing in a protective stance. Her snowy tail feathers, dark body and distinctive head are engraved in stunning detail. The mother sits at the edge of her large nest, which is nestled among the boughs of a high treetop. The intricate weaving of twigs and branches is rendered in painstaking detail and accentuated with a combination of polishes. The head and tail of the mother as well as the delicate feathers of the baby birds, have been given a soft matte finish that stands proud against the brilliant polished background. Every detail has been considered and selectively treated to deliver the best possible finish.

Please note, four different finishes are used to highlight this majestic bird! From the naturally bright and lofty sky to a softer matte on the head and tail of the mother eagle, each detail of the image was carefully honed to bring this iconic figure to life. 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.

Unique to this series, the edge lettering legend 1 OZ FINE SILVER - 1 OZ ARGENT PUR guarantees the weight and purity of the metal content.Most 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.

Bald_Eagle_Flying.jpg 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 both this Bald Eagle Silver Proof (to say nothing of the previous in the series)! Finally, the edge lettering is a nice little bonus, too!

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Technology 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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Canada 2013 Bald Eagle Silver $20 Proof in BoxObverse
A meticulously detailed and finely profiled portrait of a noble bald eagle mother protecting her baby eaglets in their nest. The artistry is so subtle and intricate that the individual feathers on the eagles 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, 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

Unique to this series, the edge lettering legend 1 OZ FINE SILVER - 1 OZ ARGENT PUR guarantees the weight and purity of the metal content.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color outer box. 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
Edge Plain with Edge Lettering
Artist Claudio D'Angelo
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Fierce Protectress

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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The bald eagle does not reach reproductive maturity until about its fifth year of life, at which time the eagle seeks a mate that will likely become its life partner. Together, this pair will build a massive nest, usually in a tall sturdy conifer near the ocean or another large body of water, but sometimes on a cliff face or other isolated natural feature.

Eagles do not necessarily reproduce each year, but when they do, the female lays between one and three large eggs. The incubation period lasts about 35 days, with the female generally taking on the role of lead incubator but occasionally trading places with the male to hunt and feed herself. The small grey downy eaglets will not have any feathers for more than a month. For this first month, one of the adults—usually the female—is always with the eaglets to protect them, shelter them and keep them warm. The male will hunt and bring back food for this period. Both parents take great care around their young, curling their talons under and moving carefully in the nest.

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At two and a half to three months of age, the eaglets have grown considerably and now have the feathers necessary for flight. They experiment with trial flights and begin learning from their parents how to hunt, fly and feed themselves. They will moult over the next four years but will not acquire their distinctive adult colouring until they reach maturity. Once they have fledged, the juveniles stay with or near their parents for about two months. In Canada, the time from birth to leaving the nest lasts from spring to late summer. Parents may continue to help feed their offspring throughout the first fall and winter since the young eagles’ hunting skills are immature at this time. Alternatively, the young eagles may join others in communal wintering grounds, practicing together the skills necessary for survival.

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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