This $20 fine silver coin features the iconic red-tailed hawk. The coin is double struck with proof finish, and contains just over one ounce of fine silver. It is engraved with the year “2016”, and the face value of “20 DOLLARS”. HST/GST exempt.
The design by Canadian Artist Emily Damstra features the Red-Tailed hawk in its natural setting. This large bird is viewed from the perspective of its prey. The hawk is in a dive on outstretched wings, fixed gaze and talons ready. Engraving recreates details in the features, while selective colour captures the reddish-brown, cream, yellow and brown-spotted patterning of this fierce, determined bird.
This red-tailed hawk is a top predator, using tall perches to spot their prey. Red-tailed hawks also hunt from the air. As they circle, they can spot a mouse from 30 meters, they then swoop down and grab their prey in its talons.
Male and female red-tailed hawks look alike, their length is 45cm-65cm, with a wingspan of 114 cm-133cm, and can weigh from 690 grams to 1460 grams.