It is one of Canada’s largest and most powerful birds of prey, a raptor whose high-pitched call is
generally reserved for its mate and nestlings. Swooping and soaring in the skies over open country,
the golden eagle is named for its gleaming feathers, which shine brighter than ever on the reverse
of this .9999 pure gold coin.
The reverse design by artist Pierre Leduc features the right side-profile of a golden eagle (Aquila
chrysaetos), an avian apex predator known for speed and agility in flight. Finely detailed engraving
captures the fierce intensity of the eagle’s stare and adds textural detail to its layered plumage. The
side view also emphasizes the curvature of the hooked beak as the eagle emits a high-pitched yelp.
Engraved on the reverse are the words “CANADA”, “500 DOLLARS”, “2019”, and “5 OZ 9999 Au”
along with a unique 40th anniversary of the Gold Maple Leaf commemorative privy mark. The
obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
A commanding wildlife portrait that conveys all of the
power and agility of one of the best-known birds of
prey in the Northern Hemisphere.