The design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco features tranquil winter scene after snowfall. A snow-blanketed house on a hill appears in the engraved background.
In the foreground, a bright red northern cardinal is perched on a bittersweet branch in a spruce tree. Mintage is limited to 7,500. Composition 99.99% pure silver with selective colour. Brighter is better: Those crimson-coloured feathers are key to mating success for the male, whereas the female is a more subdued mix of tan and grey colours.
Male cardinals are rather territorial: they can mistake their reflection for a possible intruder and may spend hours fighting this imagined threat! Canada's northern cardinal population is steadily increasing thanks to backyard feeders (cardinals love sunflower seeds). The year-round resident was largely limited to southeastern regions of Canada but recently, it has been spotted as far west as Manitoba and east in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Black clamshell with black beauty box. Tony Bianco (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse). ###127774;No spotting or scratches on the coins, direct for the RCM. Some lint or dust may appear in pics.