The Chickadee Coins: A New Bird Coloured Coin from the Canadian Mint

The Black-capped Chickadee coin (2011), a 25-cent coloured coin released by the Royal Canadian Mint, is the eighth release in the series called Colorful Birds of Canada. The mintage of just 14,000 is the lowest for any Canadian quarter coins and also the lowest for any 25-cent coloured coin from the Colorful Birds Series.

The stunningly beautiful Black-capped Chickadee coin (2011), with its exclusive and unique Royal Canadian Mint specimen finish, is the largest quarter issued by the Canadian Mint, crown sized and 35 mm in diameter, weighing three times as much as the standard 25-cent coin, depicting the most colorful and adorable bird, the Black-capped Chickadee.

The Canadian specimen finish is a combination of three types of finishes. The relief or design on the coin which is the raised portion takes frosted as well as mirror finishes, while the rest of the background of the coin have a matte appearance due to subtle striations on the surface.

The obverse of the Black-capped Chickadee coin (2011) bears the colorful image of the cute, plump songbird, native to the woods and forests of Northern USA, Alaska and Canada. The bird is seen sitting on a lush green pine branch, with a golden brown pinecone seen near it. The large size of the 25 cent coloured coin helps bring out the details of the image very vividly. The Black-capped Chickadee has been declared the official state bird of Maine and Massachusetts and official provincial bird of New Brunswick.

The Black-capped Chickadee coin (2011) is presented nestled in a maroon flock-lined clamshell box with a protective black sleeve. This large 25 cent coloured coin, the Black-capped Chickadee coin (2011) from the Colorful Birds of Canada series is truly a collector’s delight.