2014 $50 Aboriginal Story: The Legend of the Spirit Bear - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932056978

RCM Number:
130557
Country: Canada
Year: 2014

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Description

This large 2014 $50 pure silver proof coin features The Legend of the Spirit Bear, a First Nations legend of how this bear came to be. A white Raven waves its wing to bring colour to the world. Below, retreating snow and ice reveal a new world brimming with life. Communities of earth mounds dot the land and people can now navigate rivers by canoe. British Columbia's mountains can be seen in the background and a bear totem appears before the sun. People gather around a fire, seemingly in preparation of war; a sight that inspires Raven to wave its wing once again to turn the great, humble bear white. With an extremely low mintage of just 1500 pieces, this is likely to be a scarce and highly sought after collectible. The coin contains just over five ounces of pure silver, and as a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, it is GST/HST Exempt. 

 

The Design:

Coast Salish First Nation's artist Darlene Gait has created a stunning narrative on the legend of Spirit Bear. A white Raven waves its wing to bring colour to the world. Below, retreating snow and ice reveal a wondrous new world brimming with life. Communities of earth mounds dot the land and people can now navigate rivers by canoe. British Columbia's mountains rise in the background and a prophetic bear totem appears before the sun. People gather around a great fire, seemingly in preparation of war; a sight that inspires Raven to wave its wing once again to turn the great, humble bear white.

 

The Legend of the Spirit Bear:

Spirit Bear is a black bear that has white fur due to a rare genetic trait. The greatest number of Spirit Bears are found in British Columbia on Princess Royal Island, where as many as one-tenth of the black bears born are white. When Raven first created the world, everything was white. After some time, Raven decided the world needed colour, but as the ice began to melt, people started fighting over the land that appeared. Years passed, more and more animals changed colour and the world became more beautiful than ever, but the people kept fighting over everything. So, Raven decided to remind them where they came from by turning one in every ten bears white.

Details

FEATURES:
Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 50 Dollars
Year: 2014

TECHNICAL SPECS:
Diameter: 65.25mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 157.6 grams
Bullion Weight: 5.067 Troy Ounces

EXTENDED INFORMATION:
Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Raven brings colour to the world, British Colmbia's mountains in background, people navigate river by canoe, prophetic bear
Artist: Darlene Gait
Finish: Proof
Series: Aboriginal story
Quantity Produced: 1500
Theme: Aboriginal art


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