Friday, July 5, 2013

Fine Silver Hologram Coin - A Story of the Northern Lights: The Great Hare - Mintage: 8,500 (2013)

"I am thrilled beyond words and proud to have had the opportunity to work on the "A Story of the Northern Lights: The Great Hare" collector coin with the Royal Canadian Mint. There is a tremendous amount of art and culture that remains largely unknown to most Canadians. Putting this story on a coin allows us to educate in an innovative way and to reach people who may not otherwise learn of the richness of Indigenous culture in Canada." - Nathalie Bertin

Combines Odawa legend with hologram technology!

The many bands that comprise the Algonquin people share a number of stories about the awe-inspiring northern lights—including a cultural hero known as Nanahboozho, who would often shape-shift into the Great Hare. One such Odawa legend says that after creating Turtle Island, Nanahboozho travelled north and built great bonfires as a way to remind his people that he was thinking of them.

Designed by Canadian artist Nathalie Bertin, who is M├ętis, your stunningly beautiful coin displays the Odawa legend of Nanahboozho sitting by his fire that creates the northern lights. The colourful lights are highlighted with a uniquely shaped hologram that mimics their movement in the night sky. The reverse is also engraved with the word "CANADA," the date "2013" and the face value of "20 DOLLARS."

The Royal Canadian Mint to order yours today!