2016 $500 Mythical Realms of the Haida: The Orca - Pure Gold Coin

SKU: 623932069930

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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Haida Gwaii is a place of astounding natural beauty; a land of ancient legends where mythical beings move about in the guise of familiar animals from our three-dimensional world. This mesmerizing new coin series portrays three of the most powerful supernatural beings from the realms of water, earth and sky. A limited-edition work of art with only 50 coins available worldwide. HST/GST exempt.

The Design:

Haida artist April White—SGaana Jaad of the Yahqu'iaanaas Raven Clan—has created a mesmerizing image of an orca leaping out of the water. Look closely and you will see a female form hidden beneath the orca “cloak.” She is using her arms and legs in the orca's fins and tail to propel herself forward. Her shoulder is situated directly beneath the orca's eye, and her black hair is flowing along its back, echoed in the orca's black ribs. The ethereal essence of the scene is further enhanced by the silhouette of a full moon created by the circular outline of the design.

The Orca:

The orca is considered the most powerful supernatural being of the undersea realm and this SGaana Jaad(Killer Whale Woman) is a noble matriarch, a fact revealed in the labret that adorns the lower lip of her mouth that also doubles as the orca's blowhole.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 500 Dollars
Year: 2016

Diameter: 60.15mm
Material: Gold
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 156.05 grams
Bullion Weight: 5.017 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: An orca leaping out of the water - look closely and you sill see a female form hidden beneath the orca "cloak".
Artist: April White
Finish: Proof
Series: Mythical Realms of the Haida
Quantity Produced: 50
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Aboriginal Culture

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