Canada 2011 Colorful Birds - Black-Capped Chickadee on Pine Tree Branch 25 Cents Crown-Size Colorized Quarter Specimen
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A plump and
puffy Black-Capped Chickadee pauses on a pine tree
branch on this colorful crown-size
latest release in the extremely popular is Colorful
Birds of Canada
series is a cute, puffy little songbird with excellent communication
skills! The Black-Capped Chickadee lives in wooded areas the northern
United States and Canada (including Alaska!). As a northern resident,
it has developed significant thermoregulation abilities - on cold
nights, the chickadee can reduce its body temperature by up to
Fahrenheit (12° Celsius) to conserve energy! The Black-Capped
Chickadee is the official state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts,
as well as the official provincial bird of New Brunswick.
Birds of a Feather...
The Black-Capped Chickadee has a black cap and bib with white sides to
the face. Its underparts are white with rusty brown on the flanks and
its back is gray. It has a short dark bill, short wings and a long
tail. Males are larger. The tail is normally primarily slate-gray but
has been observed in some Mid-Atlantic birds to be completely white and
seemingly longer and more prominent than the normal gray tail.
The vocalizations of the Black-Capped Chickadees are highly complex.
More than a dozen distinct types of calls and responses have been
classified, many of which are complex. In this way the Black-Capped
Chickadee is able to communicate different types of information.
Chickadees' complex vocalizations are likely an evolutionary adaptation
to their habitat: they live and feed in dense vegetation, and even when
the flock is close together, individual birds tend to be out of each
others' visual range.
During the fall migration and winter, chickadees often flock together.
Many other species of birds (including titmice, nuthatches, and
warblers) can often be found foraging with these flocks. Mixed flocks
stay together because the chickadees call out whenever they find a good
source of food. This calling-out forms cohesion for the group, allowing
the other birds to find food more efficiently. When flocking,
Black-Capped Chickadees quickly establish a rigid social hierarchy.
With the lowest mintage in the entire Colorful
Birds of Canada
series (along with the American
Jay, and Barn
Swallow, all of which sold out quickly at the Mint),
the Black-Capped Chickadee looks like a real winner. Why not
your own fine feathered friend today with this beautiful colored coin?
The Black-Capped Chickadee Colorized Quarter is the eighth
entry in the
Birds of Canada series.
Significant New Quarter!
You'll fall in
the Black-Capped Chickadee 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 expect,
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
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!All previous Colorful Birds
of Canada have sold out at the Mint!Very
affordable and a great value - so get yours today - it will truly be
one of your favorites for years
The Black-Capped Chickadee 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.
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
A plump and
puffy Black-Capped Chickadee pauses on a pine tree branch,
all highlighted in
color by the
Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology. The date of
issue and denomination are both indicated.
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.
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.