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Canada 2009 Native American Inuit Drum Dance - Nunavut Territory 10th Anniversary $100 Gold Proof

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This Native American-themed gold proof commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Nunavut Province!

Sold out at the Mint!In the Inuit language (Inuktitut), "Nunavut" means "our land." To Inuit, land is not something that is controlled or owned. It is a relationship—like an unbreakable bond between a newborn and its mother.

A Native American Inuit Drum Dance Performer For thousands of years, Inuit and their ancestors lived as nomads, eternally linked to the rhythm of the land and the seasons, moving from place to place as they followed the migratory patterns of caribou, seals, fish and birds. Their relationship with the land and wildlife around them became the very essence of their culture.

Contact with European explorers dramatically altered this way of life. Yet, after hundreds of years of change, the contemporary members of this ancient people came together to reclaim their past and preserve it for the future.

In 1973, they began a study to demonstrate the extent of Inuit aboriginal title in the Arctic; the basis of their land claim that would follow. Twenty-five years later, the Nunavut Act was adopted and received Royal Assent on July 9, 1998. Then, on April 1, 1999, people coast to coast celebrated Canada's youngest territory as Nunavut officially joined the federation of Canada.

No doubt, the Inuit celebrated the event with many a drum dance; a ritual that is as much a part of their cultural fabric as the land that surrounds them. The drum dance recounts people's experiences; tells stories and dreams; preserves ancestral wisdom and values. It is a living bond between those who have walked before us - and those who are yet to come.

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Investment Note
This year the mintage limit of the $100 gold coin remains at only 5,000. In 2007, the mintage limit was nearly slashed in half, being reduced from 9,000 to only 5,000, and the $100 gold proof naturally sold out. Once again, this is a very small mintage indeed for this ever-popular and affordable coin, so the 2009 entry in this 30-year-old series seems like a sure sell-out, too!

About the Artist
Andrew Qappik was born February 25, 1964, in Nunataq, Nunavut. This Native American artist is a Canadian citizen and a member of the Inuit people who currently resides in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Qappik is known for his printmaking and his contribution to the Nunavut Coat of arms. He designed the polar bear logo used by the Government of Nunavut, and advised the Chief Herald of Canada on NunavutÂ’s coat-of-arms and flag.

Qappik's artwork depicts both animals and scenes of traditional Inuit culture; these draw on his own personal experiences as an Inuit, as well as stories by his grandfathers, other relatives and elders. Some of these relatives have been an influence on Qappik's artistic sensibilities. He has a fondness for realistic forms and naturalistic scenes of Arctic life; an instinctive grasp of line, form and composition; and a use of lighter colored tones with little negative space.

Qappik's work is exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and in 2003 he received the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal. Andrew Qappik is also the designer of the Canada 2011 Mother and Child $3 Silver Proof with Rose- and Yellow-Gold Highlights.

Artist Andrew Qappik at work

The images above show the artist at work, as well as with one of his one-of-a-kind creations, many of which are held in private collections. Now you can enjoy the work of this fine artist on this stunning coin, minted in solid gold!

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Three representative faces of the Native American Inuit people gaze out from the surface of this coin, while centered within is a native dancer performing the ritual drum dance. The double date commemoration 1999-2009 and the denomination are also indicated.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and mint mark also appear.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2009
Face Value 100 Dollars
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit     5,000
Finish Proof
Composition .5833 Fine (14-Karat) Gold
alloyed with .4167 Fine Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Artist Andrew Qappik
Certificate Individually Numbered

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