Talisman Coins and
the Royal Canadian Mint are proud to offer you this new numismatic
experience - the first ever
Canadian niobium coins!
proof finds pure niobium combined with precious silver to create the
effect of a huge, full moon rising over a howling wolf,
on this third in a series of four Native
designs created by noted Canadian artist and
illustrator John Mantha. (Please see the article lower in this
presentation for more information about this artist.) Let's see - it's
the third in a new, Native
, which is the first Canadian niobium
coin series ever. It features one of the most popular animals with
collectors, the lone
. Did we mention that the mintage limit is only 7,500?
even need to suggest that you act quickly? As
anticipated, ALL FOUR of the Native American Niobium Proofs sold out at
the Mint in record time - don't delay on this one!
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note - The
mintage limit of 7,500 seems way too low for the first-ever Canadian
Niobium bimetallic proofs, much less for the next in a new, four coin
Native American series! All
FOUR of the Native American Niobium Proofs (Buck Moon, Hunter's Moon,
Lone Wolf Moon and Pink Phlox Moon) sold out in record time!
We look at cable TV or check the internet to see if it's going to rain,
but there was a time when people gleaned far more information merely by
gazing upward - particularly at night. Throughout history, cultures
around the world have recognized the moon as the guardian of
nature’s cycles. Its perpetual waxing and waning,
“dying” and reappearing, marked the passage of time
clock time, but rather the mythic time that governs the rhythms of
life: the ebb and flow of the sea, the birth, maturation and migration
of animals, and the scattering of seeds the sprouting of new plants.
In North America, the Native
peoples, including the many
Algonquin tribes, utilized the lunar cycle as a celestial calendar to
track time. They assigned a name to each full moon, to reflect the
seasonal activities that accompanied its specific cycle. The Algonquin
people lived across a vast territory from the Atlantic in the east to
Lake Superior in the west, and the geographical distances between them
produced a variety of names for each full moon.
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featuring that most popular of animals, the wolf!
is the quintessential months of snow and ice. Its full moon is known as
Snow Moon or Old Moon, but the most common name is Wolf Moon to reflect
the fact that wolves are often heard howling outside Native
villages, the sound amplified by the crisp, open air—a
song of longing inspired by the ever-changing cycle of life.
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The first-ever Niobium coins from the Royal Canadian Mint feature a
distinctly Native American theme. The four coins in the series are:
Buck Moon - Golden Yellow
Hunter's Moon - Orange
Wolf Moon - Blue
Pink Phlox Moon - Pink
Two DISCOUNTED, multi-coin proof sets of the Native American Bimetallic
Niobium and Silver Series may be available:
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link above to see whether they are available!
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Why do we like this coin so much? Let us count the ways:
1) The first-ever Niobium coin
from the Royal Canadian Mint!
2) Unusual, non-through-metal
style BiMetallic coin!
3) Full proof finish with
mirrored fields and frosted cameo relief
4) Extremely low mintage limit
of only 7,500 !
5) An original work of art by
illustrator John Mantha!
All this, and, oh yes, it combines two hugely popular themes, Native
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its
many proprietary technologies. Now it has added another high-tech
process to its stable of legal tender enhancements - oxidized niobium
metal combined with silver for a dramatic and colorful effect!
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A lone wolf howls in front
of the Full Wolf's Moon
of January, which appears huge low on the horizon. The denomination is
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A frosted cameo portrait of Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II of England
in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen
to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna
Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by
the Grace of God") also appears.
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Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a wooden
presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black
outer box. The case doubles as a flip-style display easel. An
individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is
About the Artist - John
Canadian artist John Mantha has created countless visual
for advertising agencies, corporations, book publishers, magazines,
television and movies, so when he was asked to design coins, he eagerly
embraced this challenging new medium.
is undeterred by the challenge of downsizing his creative thinking from
a movie screen or book page to the minute proportions of a coin, "The
size of the finished product is really secondary. I see my role as an
interpreter. I listen carefully to my client to get a
for what they are trying to say, and then figure out how to express it
through my art. Some people speak multiple languages to verbally
communicate an idea, but the languages I use are visual; and they
include everything from the paint or pencil; the paper or canvas;
colors, shapes, style and perspective."
Moon Series of Niobium and Silver Proof Bimetallic Proofs
is Mantha's sixth collaboration with the Mint. "I have a great
appreciation for the beauty of the full moon," he says. "I grew up in
Sault Ste. Marie and would go canoing deep in the bush, where it starts
to get dark as soon as the sun disappears behind the trees. But if
there's a full moon, it makes all the difference when you have to find
your way around the camp site."
While doing background research for the Full Moon Series, Mantha
discovered that Canada's First Nations (Indians) people share a deep
connection with the moon
"In fact, aboriginal cultures around the world consistently look to the
skies for information - when to plant; when to hunt; when animals begin
"I believe the moon has magical qualities that are undeniable," says
Mantha, "Ever notice how people glance up at night, even if for a
second? The moon's size and location may change, but its powerful
allure remains the same. This is why I kept it silver in all the
designs. Regardless of the weather or the season, the moon is constant:
a reassuring source of comfort for us here on earth."
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