Capture the elusive Great Lynx,
the Native American Spirit of the Underwater Panther, with
this massive, crown-size color quarter, 3rd in the
new Mythical Creatures series!
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Mishepishu (pronounced Mee-shee-PEE-shoe, and also spelt Mishipeshu),
whose name comes from the Algonquin Ojibwe word meaning "Great Water
Lynx" or "Underwater Panther", is described as a huge
with horns on his head, a scaly, dragon-like body and
the tail of a fish. As a shape-shifting Native
spirit, this water-dwelling feline lives in the bottom of Lake
Superior, Lake Ontario, and possibly other Great Lakes as well.
Mishepishu’s job is to protect the copper and other metals
in the rocks throughout the region. This is why legend says that its
horns are made of copper. Mishipeshu is reputed to be the source for
the sudden, and extremely dangerous) storms that erupt on the Great
Lakes - warnings from this Water Spirit that one has gotten too close
to his treasures!
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Are the Native
reports of the great, water dwelling lynx merely myth? Or could this
legendary spirit of the Great Lakes possibly exist? You can
decide with this truly stunning, oversized quarter with a
full-color image of the elusive Mishepishu, the third in the new Mythical
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The Great Water Lynx of
Mishipeshu, also spelled Mishepishu, is the most important water beings
for the Ojibwa, a tribe of the Algonquian Indians. It received
name from its looks; Mishipeshu translates as "The Great Lynx" or
"Underwater Panther". It has the head and paws of a giant cat but is
covered in scales and has dagger-like spikes running along its back and
Mishipeshu is merely a legend to some, but for the Algonquin
, it is as real as the water and the precious metal it
guards. Mishipeshu the lynx
known for hoarding vast amounts of copper in Lake Superior, and the
Great Lakes Region. For this reason, mining copper in its environs was
taboo, forbidden by the Ojibwa tribe. It was even worse to take it from
the Great Lynx's home, Michipicoten Island - this was considered to be
stealing from Mishipeshu himself. One should always beware the wrath of
Mishipeshu, who possesses power over the volatility of the Great Lakes.
Although legends also claim there are many Mishepishu throughout the
Great Lakes, you’ll probably never see a live Mishepishu
because they can
change form so quickly. But if you ever see a storm cloud suddenly
form over one of the Great Lakes, it may be the great Mishepishu
you not to get too close to his treasures.
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The oversized Mishepishu Underwater Panther Color Quarter is the 3rd in
a series of three Mythical
to be released by the Royal Canadian Mint. The
coins in this series are:
or Sasquatch (also known as the Yeti)
the Lake Monster
the Water Dwelling Lynx of the Great Lakes
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with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is
actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients,
and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning, full-color
portrait on each coin.
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The Specimen Finish
This coin features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a
three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area
or relief) includes both frosted and mirrored surfaces, while the
fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting,
matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen
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spirit Mishepishu, the great lynx of the Great Lakes, swims through its
watery habitat, rendered in
color by the
Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology. The date of
issue and denomination are both indicated.