The eagle has been prominently displayed on the obverse of the coin with its wings spread in flight.In its talons, the predator holds a fish, which it undoubtedly snatched from a brook or stream for its most recent meal. Avian enthusiasts will find themselves impressed by the accurate depiction of this fierce fowl from the dynamic positioning of its flapping wings to the textured pattern of its feathers. Also engraved on the front side are the coins weight, purity and the name Canada.
The reverse side of the coin honors Canadas history with an effigy of Elizabeth II. This portrait serves as a tribute to Canadas former status under British rule. Encircling the Queenis a border of text, which includes her name along with the coins denomination and mintage year.