Gold Gyrfalcon Coin

Facts at a Glance

  •  The Royal Canadian Mint’s coins are sought after by investors and collectors around the world for their exceptional beauty and purity.
  • Intricately engraved radial lines featured on the coin’s obverse create a stunning light-diffracting pattern that is specific to this coin.
  • Masterfully crafted by Royal Canadian Mint engravers using a variety of engraving techniques and finishes to bring depth and texture to this stunning image of Canadian wildlife.
  • An astute investment and exquisite complement to any precious metals collection.
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Description

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 predator along the entire Arctic coast, the gyrfalcon makes a fitting subject for the Royal Canadian Mint’s stunning 2016 gold coin.

The reverse design by famed Canadian wildlife artist Steve Hepburn features a noble gyrfalcon, the largest of all falcons in the world, in flight. Viewed in profile from its left side, the gyrfalcon is shown with its powerful wings swept down. As if launching itself from a boulder on the rugged coast of Baffin Bay. Its large hunter’s eye, powerful hooked beak and razor-sharp talons are clear in this stunning portrayal. The detailed coloration of its plumage is captured in 0.9999 pure gold using skilled engraving techniques that flicker and shine in bright light. This dynamic image almost brings this peerless predator to life, seeming ready to soar right off the coin to stalk the frigid Arctic skies in search of prey.

The obverse features the official Canadian effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. This right-profile portrait of the Queen, familiar from the Canadian maple leaf series, was the first numismatic image of the Her Majesty without a crown.

About the gyrfalcon

The largest falcon in the world, the ghostly gyrfalcon is a fierce predator in the High Arctic, where it reigns over barren tundra and desolate coasts. There it chases down ptarmigans in flight or plummets from the sky at breathtaking speeds to strike prey to the ground. Nesting on remote cliffs in the far reaches of Canada and Alaska, Gyrfalcons in North America are rarely seen due to their rapid flight and lightning-like strikes on prey. Gyrfalcon is pronounced as “JER-falcon.” The name probably evolved from Old Norse, which gives you an idea of just how far back the gyrfalcon’s partnership with humans goes.

The gyrfalcon has long associated with people, primarily for hunting and in the art of falconry. In the medieval era, the gyrfalcon was considered a royal bird. Due to its rarity and the difficulties involved in obtaining it, in European falconry the gyrfalcon was reserved for kings and nobles; very rarely was a man of lesser rank seen with a gyrfalcon on his fist.

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Specifications

Mint: Royal Canadian Mint

Item Number: 151710

UPC: 6-23932-07431-6

Composition: 99.99% pure gold

Weight: 1/4 oz (7.77 g)

Diameter (mm): 20

Face Value: $10 Canadian dollars

Finish: Frosted relief with radial lines

Edge: Serrated

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Gold Canadian Gyrfalcon coin?

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. A Gold Canadian Gyrfalcon coin is made of 1/4 oz of 0.9999 gold and features a beautifully detailed gyrfalcon on the back side.

Who designed the Gold Gyrfalcon coin?

The Gold Gyrfalcon coin was designed by a Canadian nature artist named Steve Hepburn. The design shows a gyrfalcon soaring through the air. 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.

What is the Royal Canadian Mint?

The Royal Canadian Mint is the mint of Canada, which means they’re responsible for producing the coins that are in circulation. Like the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, the Royal Canadian Mint Gold Gyrfalcon goes through a long design and minting process before entering circulation.

Where can I buy Canadian Gold Gyrfalcon coins?

If you’re looking to invest in Gold Gyrfalcon coins, there are several ways you can get one of these beautiful coins for yourself. Many gold companies and coin sellers have Gold Gyrfalcon coins available, as well as some of the other popular Canadian coins. At Birch Gold Group, you can find Gold Gyrfalcon coins to add to your investment portfolio. As always, make sure you’re buying from a reputable coin dealer to ensure you’re purchasing a real Gold Gyrfalcon coin that was minted by the Royal Canadian Mint.

What percentage of gold is the Gold Gyrfalcon coin?

The metals that make up a coin are important, and the Gold Gyrfalcon coin is made of 1/4 oz of 0.9999 gold, which means you get a pure product that looks great and carries value. If you find a Gold Gyrfalcon coin that doesn’t have the “9999” stamp on the back of the coin, it’s an indication that it’s counterfeit.

What is the face value of the Gold Canadian Gyrfalcon coin?

There are plenty of fine details included on the Gold Canadian Gyrfalcon coin, just like the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf and many other popular coins. The face value is one of the details you’ll find right on the front of the Gold Gyrfalcon coin, which is the side with Queen Elizabeth. The face value of the Gold Gyrfalcon is $10 (CAN).

Is a Gold Gyrfalcon coin a good investment?

Coins can be a good investment, but the actual value of a coin can fluctuate based on current market conditions and changes in the price of gold. Whether you’re investing in a Gold Gyrfalcon or the Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf coin, you have plenty of options. Often, gold is used to hedge against inflation and protect savings. This is because, historically, gold has held its value over extended periods of time and can be viewed as less risky compared to other forms of investment.

Can a Gold Gyrfalcon coin be added to a precious metals IRA?

Yes, a Gold Gyrfalcon coin can be added to a precious metals IRA. The IRS allows four different metals to be added to an IRA, with gold being one of them. By adding gold to your IRA, you can diversify your portfolio to protect your retirement account from economic events like inflation or currency devaluation. At Birch Gold Group, our Precious Metals Specialists can help you transfer your retirement account into a precious metals IRA, whether it’s a 401(k), Roth IRA, or another type of retirement account. After choosing your precious metals, such as Gold Gyrfalcon coins, and adding them to your account, your metals will be stored in an insured depository.

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