The third coin in the 5-coin series entitled Colourful Songbirds of Canada, showcases the beauty of some of Canada’s most distinctive bird species. This coin offers a detailed depiction of a Blue Jay, whose bright colouring has long enchanted bird-watchers and nature lovers from Alberta to Newfoundland.
There are few birds that are as readily recognized as the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata). With its incomparable blue-hued plumage, this noisy songbird infuses its surroundings with a colourful presence as it moves about the wooded areas from central Alberta to southern Ontario, and east through the Atlantic Provinces. As one of Canada’s most colourful songbird species, its depiction on this stunning coin is testament to the beauty of Canada’s natural landscape.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Derek C. Wicks features a side profile image of a Blue Jay, which allows for an optimal view of the bird’s contrasting feather patterns that make it so unique. The blue hue for which the jay is famous for is recreated with selective colour that enhances the coin’s detailed engraving, including the meticulously rendered pear tree blossoms that surround the colourful songbird.
A thoughtful gift for bird-watchers, art appreciators and anyone who admires the timeless beauty of the wildlife!