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This beautiful and popular coin features a Mallard pair swimming in tranquil water. The brown-and-white female leads the way, glancing back at her mate, who turns his green head to her. Behind them loom wetland reeds where water meets land, and further back still the pines and deciduous trees of Canada's boreal forest tower against a bright, clear sky. The coin is also engraved with the word "CANADA," the date "2013" and the face value of "25 CENTS."
Abundant throughout North America, the Mallard is one of the most well-known species of wild duck. The plumage of Mallards is instantly recognizable. The male, or drake, has a bright green head, ochre yellow bill, and brown chest. He bears patches (known as "specula") of indigo blue on its greyish, brown wings. On the other hand, the female, bears mottled brown and white plumage, sharing with the drake a striking indigo speculum decorating the upper back edge of each wing. Mallard mating pairs travel together from their wintering grounds to their home breeding territory in early spring.
• Mintage: 17,500
• Composition: Cupronickel
• Finish: Specimen with colour
• Diameter (mm) 35
• Edge: Plain
• Certificate: Serialized
• Face value: 25 cents
• Artist: Trevor Tennant (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
• 2013 25¢ Coloured Coin - Mallard