The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new silver coin featuring one of the region’s most enduring symbols of native North American culture, embodied in a way of life that continues to thrive and is a significant source of identity for those living in the Great White North and its polar climate. Featured on the 99.99% silver “reverse gold-plated” coin is an Inukshuk, an enduring Inuit tradition and a proud symbol of the Canadian North.
These sculptures of unworked stone form distinctive monuments, which were traditionally used to communicate direction for hunting, navigating along difficult terrain, or to warn of potential dangers ahead. Building an Inukshuk is a selfless act for the benefit of travelers, offering meaning and guidance, and exemplifying the community spirit for which Canadians are widely known.
The coin is designed by Canadian artist Tony Bianco and features the Inukshuk of the Innunguaq variety, with a “human-like” shape created by stacking multiple stones of different sizes so that large flat boulders form arms and rounded boulders form the legs and head. The reverse gold plating creates a striking background and contrasts with the meticulous engraving of the silver stone.
The gold-plated obverse features the silver effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt, with an added “P” mark to indicate the plated nature of the coin.
|Proof & reverse plating
The coin is available in-store and on-line; for more information on this and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their Web site. International orders will be dispatched where applicable.