The obverse side of the majestic 2015 1 oz Canadian Silver Red-Tailed Hawk (BU) features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II—the famous 2003 portrait by artist Susanna Blunt of Canada. Susanna, born in China, raised in Canada, and a student of the arts in London, England, has won several awards and accolades over the years, including the national competition for the 2003 portrait of Her Majesty.
Over the years, since the queen came to the throne, there have only been five portraits of the queen for minted coins. This was the fourth. The most recent portrait made its debut in late 2015. Also on the obverse side, you’ll discover the year the coin was minted and its face value.
The coin’s reverse side features the graceful yet fierce red-tailed hawk in the stance of a bird ready to prance down upon its prey. The bird’s wings and talons are spread wide, ready to devour its fearful prey, and its beak is open as if its likely cawing as it makes its descent. Also featured on the reverse side is the counts weight and fine silver purity of .9999, along with the initials of the hawk’s artist, illustrator Emily Damstra.
About the Red-Tailed Hawk
The red-tailed hawk is one of the most beautiful predatory birds in all of North America. They’re also the most common hawks found in Canada. The red-tailed hawk is known for its colorful wings of brick-red and light orange, and for its predatory nature. They’re commonly referred to as “buzzard hawks,” “chicken hawks,” and also simply “red hawks.” They prefer habitats such as wide-open fields and deserted deserts.
However, they’re highly-adaptable and can also be found deep within the forestry of mountains and rain forests. They like to perch up high and wait for their prey in these wide open space; prey such as mice, squirrels, rabbits, and even reptiles and other types of prey, before swooping down low and devouring the prey.
They’re also known to hunt in pairs, soaring through the skies in search of prey, and will not hesitate to seize another bird in flight. These beautiful birds are legally protected in both the U.S. and Canada by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.