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Canada 2012 Loonie Special Edition $1 25th Anniversary - Native American Artistic Two Loons One Dollar Pure Silver Proof with Color

Canada 2012 Loonie Special Edition $1 25th Anniversary - Native American Artistic Two Loons One Dollar Pure Silver Proof with Color

Manufacturer: Canada
SKU: 04071
Price: $199.95 $149.95
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The Loonie turns 25! Get this special edition, full color, loon pure silver dollar (by Native American artist Richard Hunt) while they're still available!

Sold out at the Mint! In 1987 a new one dollar coin replaced the one dollar bill in Canada. Introduced as a cost saving measure, the new coin was instantly nicknamed the "loonie" thanks to the lovely loon design created by well-known wildlife artist Robert-Ralph Carmichael. The name caught on and Canada gained a new word at the same time as Canadians began using the new coin every day. The circulation loonie one dollar coin is made of aureate (steel plated with bronze). However, this special edition Loonie is minted of one full troy ounce of the purest silver on the planet; it's a true silver dollar! The color image depicts Native American artist Richard Hunt's original masterwork Two Loons. This beautiful work of art covers the entire coin face (with no legends to detract from the design), in vibrant colors sealed over an engraved surface.

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The original masterpiece artwork Two Loons by Native American Indian or First Nations artist Richard Hunt.A Magnificent, Original Work of Art
This pure silver dollar depicts Richard Hunt’s original masterpiece Two Loons. The image, steeped in the tradition of Hunt’s Kwaguilth tribe Native American heritage, depicts two loons facing one another in profile, beak-to-beak, each with one stylized wing raised above its diamond-patterned black-and-gray back. The image is then mirrored beneath them, as though their “kiss” is reflected in water. While the loons at the top of the image are white with gray detailing, those in the reflection are entirely gray, except for their red-toned eyes. A circle of white diamond shapes against the black frame surrounding the image represent the birds’ markings. The Native American image is quartered into alternating light green and red segments behind the loons. The red coloring in the image suggests the stunning orange-red of a West Coast sunset. The soft green is complementary to the red, reinforcing the dualism of the image. No text appears on this side of the coin, so as not to detract from the majesty of the design.

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About the Artist
Richard Hunt was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1951 but has lived most of his life in Victoria. He is a member of the Kwaguilth (also Kwakiutl or Kwakwaka'wakw) tribe or Nation of the Pacific Northwest, though he also can trace Tlinglit lineage in his ancestry. He began carving with his father, the late Henry Hunt, at the age of thirteen. In 1973, Richard began work at the Royal British Columbia Museum as an apprentice carver under his father. The following year he assumed the duties of chief carver in the Thunderbird Park Carving Program. He remained at the museum in that capacity for twelve years. In 1986, Richard began a new career as a freelance artist. He comes from a family of internationally respected artists, which include his father, his brothers Tony and Stanley, and his grandfather, the famed Chief Mungo Martin.

Kwaguilth tribe Native American Indian artist Richard Hunt with two of his works

One of Richard's claims to fame is having carved the thickest totem pole in the world! Located in Duncan, British Columbia and finish in 1988, this monumental pole measures over 6 ft (1.8 m) in diameter! It is carved in the Kwakwaka'wakw style and represents Cedar Man transforming into his human form. Richard has created other original totem poles (as shown above, with a portrait of the artist). Now you can enjoy the work of this Native American master, minted in the world's purest silver on this stunning, full color silver dollar!

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Investment Note
This Artistic Native American Loonie Pure Silver Dollar has a mintage limit of only 10,000, which is among the lowest mintages ever for a Canadian silver dollar. In addition, the Native American design is both an original work of art and a highly desired theme in modern numismatics. All loonie collectors, and all silver dollar collectors, need this coin. We believe that this will be a very scarce issue, difficult to find in the aftermarket, once it is sold out at the Mint.

Technology Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse

Canada 2012 Loonie 25th Artistic Native American $1 in boxNative American (American Indian) artist Richard Hunt's original work of art Two Loons. No legends appear on this side of the coin, so as not to detract from the majesty of the design.

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Reverse
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"), date and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full color outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2012
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38.00 mm
Mintage Limit       10,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
Artist Richard Hunt
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Celebrating 25 Years of Canada’s Iconic Loonie
In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Loonie—the iconic Canadian one-dollar coin bearing the image of the Common Loon. Like its namesake, the Loonie has proven resilient and emblematic.

In 1987, there was no online banking, no in-store debit—even bank machines were a new idea. Canada’s one-dollar currency was a paper banknote and the idea of replacing lightweight paper money with coinage came with some debate. But replacing the green, black, and white one-dollar bills, which had a lifespan of only nine to twelve months compared to a coin’s twenty-year lifetime, would save Canadians millions of dollars.

The new one-dollar circulation coin was one of the biggest changes to Canadian coinage in fifty years, but the idea of a one-dollar coin in Canada wasn’t completely new. The Voyageur dollar, whose reverse image was designed by Toronto sculptor Emanuel Hahn, circulated in silver from 1935 to 1967 and in nickel from 1968 to 1987. This image of a fur trader and a native Canadian paddling a canoe was originally chosen for the new one-dollar coin in the mid-1980s. But in November of 1986, the master dies (molds) for the new one-dollar Voyageur coin inexplicably disappeared somewhere between the Mint’s Ottawa and Winnipeg facilities.

To protect against possible forgeries using the missing dies, the federal government chose Ontario artist Robert Carmichael’s Common Loon design as the replacement. When the new coin came into circulation in June 1987, Canadians had already dubbed it the “Loonie”—referring to its reverse image of a Common Loon.

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Some groups had extra reason to celebrate the Loonie, though. The visually impaired would find it much easier to distinguish the unique eleven-sided coin, something that was impossible with the old one-dollar banknotes. And as one-dollar notes were phased out, buses, subways, and streetcars had fewer problems with paper-jammed fare boxes.

This painted 38-millimetre fine silver 1-oz proof coin with a weight of 31.39 grams features Canadian artist Richard Hunt’s Two Loons. The image, steeped in the tradition of Hunt’s Kwaguilth first nation heritage, depicts two loons kissing one another as their kiss is reflected in the water beneath them. The diamond shapes surrounding the image represent the birds’ markings. The loon holds a strong presence in First Nations dance and imagery, evoking the peace of solitude. The red colouring in the image depicts the stunning orange-red of a West Coast sunset. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

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