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Canada 2010 Colorful Birds - Blue Jay and Maple Tree 25 Cents Crown-Size Colorized Quarter Specimen

Canada 2010 Colorful Birds - Blue Jay and Maple Tree 25 Cents Crown-Size Colorized Quarter Specimen

Manufacturer: Canada
SKU: 02546
Price: $149.95 $89.95
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A brilliant, blue and white Blue Jay alights on a maple branch, on this colorful crown-size quarter!

Sold out at the Mint! 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 humans, cats or other possible predators.

A blue and white Blue Jay pauses on a snowy tree branch in the dead of winter.A Highly Intelligent Avian
The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 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 and 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 easier meal.

A blue and white Blue Jay pauses on a fence rail.The 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 Goldfinch), the Blue Jay looks like a real winner. Why not tame your own fine feathered friend today with this beautiful colored coin?

The Blue Jay Colorized Quarter is the sixth entry in the extremely popular Colorful Birds of Canada series.

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A Significant New Quarter!
You'll fall in love with the Blue Jay Colorized Quarter! Stunning its beauty, size and rarity, it's a true keeper, and features a number of significant facts! This is the largest quarter ever issued by Canada - in fact, it's truly "crown-sized", a full 35 mm in diameter! As you might expect, is also 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 below).

A blue and white Blue Jay pauses on a rotted fence post or a tree stump. Perhaps most important is the mintage limit of only 14,000, extremely 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! Very affordable and a great value - so get yours today - it will truly be one of your favorites for years to come!

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Technology Note
The Blue Jay Crown-Size Quarter features the Royal Canadian Mint’s patented colorization technology. The RCM leads the world 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.

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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 finish.

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Blue Jay Quarter in boxObverse
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.

Reverse
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 The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a 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.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 12.61 g
Diameter 35 mm
Mintage Limit    14,000
   
Finish Specimen
Composition Nickel-Plated Steel
Edge Plain
   
Artist Arnold Nogy
Certificate Individually Numbered


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