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Canada 2010 Native American Culture #2 - Return of the Tyee King Salmon - Circle of Life Shield $3 Pure Silver Proof with 24-Karat Rose & Yellow Gold-Plating

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Celebrate the Native American circle of life with this STUNNING, pure silver proof with rose & yellow gold highlights!

Sold out at the Mint!Based on a hand carved, red cedar shield originally created by Canadian artist Jody Broomfield of the Squamish Nation, Coast Salish people, this beautiful silver proof is a visual representation of the Native American appreciation of the circle of life, as represented by the positioning of the two salmon. The coin is highlighted with two different colors of 24-karat gold plating, rose gold and yellow gold (a Royal Canadian Mint first!); rose gold is also known as red gold and pink gold. The rose gold colors the salmon, where it appropriately suggests their hue as well! The fish are surrounded by a band with symbols representing the phases of the moon, which further enhance the theme of life's rhythms. Traditional engraving preserves the visual effects and textures of the cedar bark rope that form the outer ring of this decorative band.

King Salmon artwork, created by Squamish Nation, Coast Salish people artist Jody BroomfieldThe Circle of Life
Since time immemorial, salmon has been an essential food source for the native peoples of the Pacific Coast. A few weeks of intense work harvesting fish during the salmon run usually produced food stores sufficient to meet their needs for the upcoming year, enabling them to enjoy their leisure time and celebrate the harvest.

There are many different species of salmon, each with its unique characteristics, but all species begin their lives in freshwater streams, lakes or rivers, migrate to the ocean where they mature, then return to their birthplace to spawn and die. To the American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the salmon is therefore the perfect symbol for the circle of life.

The largest species of Pacific salmon is the Chinook or Black Salmon. First Nations people call it the Tyee (meaning King Salmon). It generally weighs between 30 and 40 pounds and can measure up to five feet long at maturity. Chinook salmon are highly valued, due in part to their scarcity relative to other Pacific salmon along most of the Pacific coast.

It is their predictability and rhythm that made the salmon highly symbolic as the “giver of life,” of prosperity, steadfastness and dependability. By living in balance and harmony with the natural world around them, Native Americans demonstrated a deep understanding of and appreciation for the ecology of nature. The salmon is often depicted in pairs as a sign of good luck.

The Return of the Tyee $3 Silver Proof is the second silver coin in this series of Native American works of art. The first issue, the Summer Moon Mask $20 Silver Proof, is sold out at the Mint.

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About the Artist
Jody Broomfield is a well known Northwest Coast Native American artist. As a proud member of the Squamish Nation, Jody combines his art form with his culture and traditions. He brings the beauty and spirit of his Coast Salish heritage into every piece he creates. Influenced by the pristine nature of British Columbia's forests and coastline, Broomfield's carvings are made with the finest local materials including wood and metals.

Squamish Nation, Coast Salish people Native American Indian artist Jody Broomfield at work

Each piece Jody creates is unique, and each is sacred. 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 pure silver and highlighted in two different colors of gold!

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Investment Note
A tyee, or king or chinook salmon of the Pacific Northwest.The Return of the Tyee $3 Pure Silver Proof has a mintage limit of only 15,000, very low for such an affordable, pure silver proof with such a desirable, Native American theme. Perhaps even more importantly, this is the very first coin ever issued by Canada with two colors of 24-karat gold plating, in this case rose gold and yellow gold! Throw in the unusual, three dollar denomination, and we believe that this will be a very scarce issue once it is sold out at the mint.

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Technology Note - Gold-Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty. This is the very first Royal Canadian Mint to feature two different colors of gold!

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The Canada 2009 Return of the Tyee Silver Proof in boxTechnology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This commemorative silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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A precise reproduction of artist Jody Broomfield's Return of the Tyee red cedar shield, an unique work of art, painstakingly rendered in exquisite detail through traditional engraving techniques and highlighted in 24-karat rose gold and yellow gold plating. There are no legends on the obverse to detract from the power and the beauty of the sacred design.


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") also appears, and the date and denomination are also indicated.


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.

The original Summer Moon Mask artwork, created by Squamish Nation, Coast Salish people artist Jody Broomfield
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
Face Value 3 Dollars
Weight 7.96 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit    15,000
Finish Proof with 24-Karat Gold-Plating
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Jody Broomfield
Certificate Individually Numbered

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