Canada 2012 Loonie Special Edition $1 25th Anniversary - Native American Artistic Two Loons One Dollar Pure Silver Proof with Color
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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!
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.
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
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.
A Magnificent, Original Work of
This pure silver dollar depicts Richard Hunt’s original
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
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.
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. Click
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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.
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
enjoy the work of this Native American master, minted in the world's purest
silver on this stunning, full
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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.
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
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
fineness. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!
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.
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style
presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a full
outer sleeve. An
individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
Fine (Pure) Silver
Complete Certificate Text
Celebrating 25 Years of
Canada’s Iconic Loonie
In 2012, the Royal
celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Loonie—the iconic
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
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
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
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
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
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. Click
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