A brilliant crimson cardinal
pauses on a hawthorn branch in full bloom, on this colorful crown-size
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis
is one of the best-known and most brilliantly colored songbirds in
North America, where it resides throughout the year. In the winter, the
bright scarlet male stands out against white snow and green trees. This
medium-sized songbird isn't shy,
can often be seen chasing other birds away from feeders, even spending
hours pecking at its own reflection to dissuade an imaginary intruder
from its breeding territory.
Females resemble the males in size and profile, but lack the male's
vivid vermilion hues. They are mostly grayish–brown with a
reddish tint in their wings and tail feathers. Both have prominent
crests and dark face-masks surrounding the strong, coral-colored beak,
which is used to break open seeds and fruits.
Named after the crimson robes worn by Cardinals in the Roman Catholic
Church, the Northern Cardinal was once a popular cage bird for its
attractive plumage and range of calls, songs and whistles. The male
often calls attention to himself with the cheerful birdie, birdie, birdie
call. However, the female has a longer, more complex repertoire,
sometimes singing from the nest to inform her mate when food is needed.
A Most Popular Bird
The Northern Cardinal is perhaps the most popular songbird in North
America! In is referred to as the "northern" cardinal because it is the
only species of cardinal found exclusively in the Northern
It is the official state bird of more U.S. states than any other avian
(a grand total of seven), including:
The cardinal is also the mascot of a number of well-known sports teams,
including the Cardinals of the University of Louisville and Stanford
University. Regrettably, the Northern Cardinal is not the official bird
of any Canadian provinces or territories.
Ironically, the cardinal is not
the state bird of Missouri (home of the Major League Baseball St. Louis
Cardinals) or Arizona (home of the National Football League Arizona
Cardinals), even though both the bird and the sports teams are found in
The Northern Cardinal Colorized Quarter is the fourth entry in the very
popular Colorful Birds of Canada series.
here for all of the Colorful Birds of Canada coins!
Significant New Quarter!
You'll fall in
the Northern Cardinal 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 25,000, 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. Very affordable and a great value, it
seems destined to sell out quickly,
so get yours today - it will truly be one of your favorites for years
The Northern Cardinal 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
red Northern Cardinal alights on a hawthorn tree branch in full bloom,
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.