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Based on its initial collector response, the new “O Canada” coin series is likely to be one of the most sought after and difficult to obtain collections from the Royal Canadian Mint in 2013. This is the first coin in the new 12 coin series celebrating our national identity and featuring some of Canada’s most popular images and icons. Coins will be released one per month in each month of 2013.
This coin design features an Inukshuk with mountains, frozen sea and the northern lights around it, all true characteristics of the Canadian Arctic. Living high above the tree line on the Arctic tundra, the Inuit and other migratory people of the High Arctic have used the tools provided to them by nature to not only thrive in one of the planet's most hostile climates, but also help to ensure the survival of others in their region. One of these tools is the Inukshuk. Its name meaning "a thing that acts on behalf of a person," an Inukshuk (pronounced "inook-shook") is a sculpture of piled stone used as a place marker, navigational aid and communication tool. This coin tells the beautiful story of the history and traditions of the Inukshuk and the Canadian Arctic
Each coin in the series will be of the highest quality produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, double struck in pure silver with a near flawless matte proof finish and a weight of just over half an ounce.
• Total mintage for each coin is limited to 40,000
• This is a pure silver item which is GST/HST exempt
Designs for the 12 Coin Series:
1. The Inukshuk
2. The Beaver
3. The RCMP
4. The Polar Bear
5. Summer Life
6. The Wolf
7. Niagara Falls
8. The Caribou
10. The Orca
11. The Maple Leaf (Colour)
• 2013 $10 “O Canada” Series First Coin "The Inukshuk"