This 2018 $3 proof fine silver coin is the third in the Grandmother Moon series. The coin is dated 2018 with a $3 denomination and weighs just over one quarter ounce of pure silver. Adding to its collectability, the mintage is extremely limited to just 4,000. As a pure silver coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is HST/GST exempt.
Algonquin artist Frank Polson has created a captivating image of a full moon filling the sky as it sits low in the horizon behind a leafless tree. To the left, a woman sits at the foot of a maple tree while maple sap drips from a wooden spout into a basket below. Two more birch bark baskets are at the ready. The use of bold lines and the insertion of vivid colour within black areas as if to reveal what lies within, is a signature design element in woodland art.
Sugar moon brings us the maple sap that begins to flow. It’s a key medicine in Anishinaabe tradition and the third teaching from Grandmother Moon who makes 13 appearances throughout the year to watch over Mother Earth’s children and light their paths with her gentle wisdom.
March is an important time of cleansing and renewal after a long winter, and drinking sap from the maple tree balances our blood and heals us. But more than the physical, sugar moon is about the spiritual health of our lives. Do we honour and respect all our relations—the people, animals, rocks, stars and trees? Do our daily actions contribute to the well-being of everything that surrounds us? As we drink maple sap, we are reminded how all creation nurtures and sustains us, and our responsibility towards all life according to divine law.