The fifth coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s popular Ducks of Canada series features a small, striking western dabbler: the Cinnamon Teal.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Denis Mayer Jr. features a coloured male and female Cinnamon Teal in their natural habitat. In the foreground on the right side of the image, the stunning crimson male with his striking red eye and characteristic patch of light blue on his wing-front wades in a pond near a swimming female. The female, with gray-brown colouring and dark eye stripe, bobs gently in the water just behind the male on the left side of the composition. A lovely white water lily and bright green lily pad float in the foreground. The entire image is reflected in the rippling water.