A brilliant, blue and white Blue
Jay alights on a maple branch, on this colorful crown-size
Flight seems almost effortless for the Blue Jay as it glides through
the air with surprising speed while barely flapping its wings. However,
a jay’s quiet arrival is often announced by its harsh calls,
which sometimes mimic other birds such as the Red-Shouldered Hawk. The
jay’s calls often alerts other birds to the presence of
cats or other possible predators.
A Highly Intelligent Avian
The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta
) is a passerine bird, and a member of the family Corvidae
native to North America. It belongs to the "blue", Canadian or American
jays, which are, among the Corvidae, not closely related to other jays.
It is adaptable, aggressive and omnivorous, and has been colonizing new
habitats for many decades.
Here's a surprise - the Blue Jay's vivid blue color is an illusion
created by the unique inner structure of the jay’s feathers
they way they reflect light. Crush a Blue Jay feather and the blue
tones disappear! This shimmering blue adorns the Jay’s crest,
back, wings and tail, which are also accented in black and white.
Unlike many other bird species, there are no obvious differences in the
plumage of males and females.
Jays are quite intelligent birds. Young individuals
playfully snatch brightly colored or reflective objects, such as
bottle caps or pieces of aluminum foil, and carry them around until
they lose interest. Jays will wait and watch for a person to put food
down and as soon as the person walks away they will swoop down and
steal it. Along with crows, jays will also watch a person planting seed
crops and afterwards dig up and eat the seeds. Jays are very
territorial birds, and they will chase others from a feeder for an
Blue Jay is the provincial bird of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Toronto's Major League Baseball team is called the Blue Jays. The Blue
Jay is also the athletic mascot of The Johns Hopkins University,
Elizabethtown College, and Creighton University, although the latter
spells the name as Bluejay.
With the lowest mintage in the entire Colorful
Birds of Canada
series (along with the American
), the Blue Jay looks like a real winner. Why not
your own fine feathered friend today with this beautiful colored coin?
The Blue Jay Colorized Quarter is the sixth entry in the
Birds of Canada
here for all of the Colorful Birds of Canada coins!
Significant New Quarter!
You'll fall in
the Blue Jay Colorized Quarter! Stunning its
it's a true keeper, and features a number of significant facts! This is
largest quarter ever issued by Canada - in fact, it's truly
"crown-sized", a full 35 mm in diameter! As you might
significantly heavier, weighing nearly three times as much as standard
quarter, and features the most colorful image ever on a Canadian
colorized quarter. What's more, this quarter is minted in the Royal
Canadian Mint's exclusive specimen finish (more information on this
here for more great quarters!
Perhaps most important is the
mintage limit of only 14,000
low for any Canadian quarter, and comparable to typical pure silver
Canadian commemorative coins featuring holograms or colorization that
sell for multiples of its price. This is by far the lowest
mintage limit of any of the Colorful Birds of Canada, and
so seems destined to sell out very quickly!
affordable and a great value - so get yours today - it will truly be
one of your favorites for years
The Blue Jay Crown-Size Quarter features the
Mint’s patented colorization technology. The RCM leads the
with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is
actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients,
and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning, full-color
portrait on each coin.
here for other great colored coins!
The Specimen Finish
This coin features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a
three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area
or relief) includes both frosted and mirrored surfaces, while the
fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting,
matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen
here for more coins and sets featuring the unique, Canadian specimen
A Blue Jay
dramatically alights on a maple tree branch,
all highlighted in
color by the
Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology. The date of
issue and denomination are both indicated.
The coin is encapsulated
burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with
black velvet and protected by a black outer sleeve. An
individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.