2016 $50 Wanduta: Portrait of a Chief - 5-oz. Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 623932077539

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Country: Canada
Year: 2016

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In a time when certain cultural practices of CanadaÕs Aboriginal peoples were regulated or prohibited, individuals such as Wanduta risked prosecution to safeguard their sacred traditions. This fine silver coin honours the Dakota Elder and spiritual healer for his dedication to preserving cultural rites such as ceremonial dances, which are an integral expression of their Dakota identity. A commemoration of one personÕs courage and dedication to preserving the cultural traditions of his community and his people.

The reverse design by Canadian artist Darlene Gait features a full-face portrait of Wanduta (Red Arrow), a Sioux Valley Dakota Chief who defended the communityÕs ceremonial dance rites when such activities were prohibited under the Indian Act. The full application of colour over the engraving captures the beautiful complexities of WandutaÕs traditional regalia, circa 1913. Finely detailed engraving adds texture to the eagle feathers that adorn the full headdress, as well as the beautifully coloured beads that are woven in a geometric design on the headband above WandutaÕs brow. Around the spiritual healerÕs neck is a treaty medalÑa symbolic display of a Dakota leaderÕs peaceful intentions and a reminder of historic alliances with the British.

Full colour brings this beautifully engraved portrait to life in outstanding detailÑfrom WandutaÕs traditional regalia and headdress, to the King George III medal worn around his neck. A stunning addition to any history- or cultural-themed collection, and an excellent opportunity to initiate discussion or raise awareness about the history and traditions of CanadaÕs Indigenous peoples.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 50 Dollars
Year: 2016

Diameter: 65.25mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Bullion Weight: 5.066 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Sioux Valley Dakota Chief
Artist: Darlene Gait
Finish: Proof
Quantity Produced: 1200
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Aboriginal Culture

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