The gyrfalcon has been prized by humans as a hunting companion since ancient times. Associated not only with falconry but also with royalty and nobility, and a celebrated circumpolar Arctic coastal dweller, the gyrfalcon—the largest of the falcon species—makes a fitting subject for the Royal Canadian Mint’s stunning 2016 gold coin.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn features a gyrfalcon in flight. Viewed in profile from its left side, the gyrfalcon is presented with its powerful wings drawn forward. Its large eye, sharply curved beak, and sharp claws are highlighted in this stunning portrayal. The detailed coloration of its plumage is captured in the purest gold using a variety of engraving techniques. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
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Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Item Number: 151710
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight*: 1/4 oz (7.77 g)
Diameter (mm): 20
Face Value: 10 dollars (CAN)
Finish: Frosted relief with radial lines