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Canada 2011 Colorful Birds - Black-Capped Chickadee on Pine Tree Branch 25 Cents Crown-Size Colorized Quarter Specimen

Canada 2011 Colorful Birds - Black-Capped Chickadee on Pine Tree Branch 25 Cents Crown-Size Colorized Quarter Specimen

Manufacturer: Canada
SKU: 02987
Price: $79.95 $69.95
List Price: $99.95 - Savings: $30.00
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A plump and puffy Black-Capped Chickadee pauses on a pine tree branch on this colorful crown-size quarter!

Sold out at the Mint!The 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 22° 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.

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An adult Black-Capped Chickadee pauses on a tree branch.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 Goldfinch, Blue Jay, and Barn Swallow, all of which sold out quickly at the Mint), the Black-Capped Chickadee looks like a real winner. Why not tame your own fine feathered friend today with this beautiful colored coin?

The Black-Capped Chickadee Colorized Quarter is the eighth entry in the extremely popular Colorful Birds of Canada series.

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A Significant New Quarter!
An adult Black-Capped Chickadee pauses on a tree branch to eat a meal of seeds. You'll fall in love with the Black-Capped Chickadee 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).

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! 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 to come!

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Technology Note
The Black-Capped Chickadee 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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Chickadee Quarter in boxThe 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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Obverse
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.

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 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
An adult Black-Capped Chickadee pauses on a tree branch.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 12.61 g
Diameter 35 mm
Mintage Limit    14,000
   
Finish Specimen with Color
Composition Nickel-Plated Steel
Edge Plain
   
Artist Arnold Nogy
Certificate Individually Numbered


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