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Canada 2011 Native American Wildlife Designs #4 - Kingfisher in the Boreal Forest Endangered Species 50 Cents Animal 1/25 Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Half Dollar Proof

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This unique, pure silver animal proof is actually an original work of art, by Native American artist Corrine Hunt!

The Complete 4-Coin Collections consisting of all four different Native American Wildlife Designs may be available - click here to see if they are!

Sold out at the Mint!This new series from the Royal Canadian Mint features unique designs of four well-known, North American animals. Each coin is, in fact, an original work of art, executed by Native American artist Corrine Hunt. With their unprecedented and extremely low mintage limit of only 2,500 per 1/25 ounce pure gold proof, affordable price, and exceptional wildlife motifs, we expect these Native American animal designs to sell out very quickly at the Mint! Read on to learn more about the artist and the wildlife.

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An adult male belted kingfish displays his bright blue plumage.Investment Opportunity - Lowest mintage limit ever for this size gold proof - only 2,500! We recommend this as a buy-and-hold investment. A fast sell out was predicted and has occurred.

The animal design by Corrine Hunt depicts a Kingfisher in the Boreal Forest executed with Hunt’s unique interpretation of traditional Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit tribal forms. The kingfisher patiently waits in a pine tree, overlooking the water. Six ovoid shapes - symbols of regeneration - sprout at the ends of the tree branches, representing the forest’s cycles of life, death, and rebirth. A reflection of the forest in the water below completes the circle of life’s elements: air, land, and water.

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The Kingfisher and the Boreal Forest
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management and development, as well as conservation, of all types of forests. The various forest biospheres are critical to human life on this planet. Not only do they harbor tens of thousands of species of plants and animals (many endangered), but they also scrub our atmosphere, removing carbon dioxide and replenishing oxygen (which we breath).

The Canadian boreal forest is, in fact, the world’s largest ecosystem, one of the last untouched swaths of forest on Earth. This habitat that covers roughly 58% of Canada’s massive landmass. Some 15% of the total population (including 80% of members of Canada’s Native American tribes) live within the boreal forest, along with countless species of flora and fauna. Three billion birds flock to the boreal forest every year to breed and fledge their young. It is also home to dozens of mammal, hundreds of fish, thousands of plant, and tens of thousands of insect species.

Canada's boreal forest’s size and qualities as a habitat make it an indispensable resource for the conservation of North American wildlife: its soil absorbs and holds more carbon per hectare than any other ecosystem in the world. By keeping carbon, a harmful greenhouse gas, from escaping into and accumulating in the atmosphere, our boreal forest is helping to manage negative environmental impacts on a global scale, and preserving habitats for living beings everywhere.

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About the Artist
Corrine Hunt was born in 1959 in Alert Bay, British Columbia. She is a member of the Raven Gwa'waina clan from Ts'akis, a Kwakwaka'wakw Komoyue village on Vancouver Island. Her paternal grandmother, A'neesla’ga Abusa, was a Tlingit noblewoman from Alaska. In 1965 Abusa gave her the name "Killer Whale Scratching Her Back on the Beach". Corrine combines Kwakwaka'wakw and Tlingit influences in her work.

Pacific Northwest Native American or Indian artist Corrine Hunt.Corrine’s rich family history includes internationally renowned First Nations artists Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt, all of whom have influenced her art. Norman Brotchie, her maternal uncle, attracted her interest with his beautifully hand engraved jewelry and was instrumental in introducing her to the Kwakwaka'wakw art of engraving. Corrine has been working as a jeweler since 1985, and in recent years has worked on large-scale sculpture and custom furniture, blending traditional design with contemporary materials like stainless steel and aluminum. She says of this combination, "I want to show how both the Native American people and their art have evolved." Corrine too has mentored First Nations and other artists and continues to be a strong and vocal supporter of the arts in British Columbia.

In the process of her art, she is continually inventing and reinventing stories from her culture, honoring her roots and cultivating a refreshing artistic expression at the same time. The results are extraordinary pieces that are both ageless and contemporary. Corrine's engravings are not overly ornate; like poetry, they convey their message using as few lines as possible.

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Masterpieces of Design and the Minter's Art
This coin is one design in two different series (one gold, one silver) of four coins designed by Native American artist Corrine Hunt. Corrine is the co-designer of the gold, silver, and bronze medals (produced by the Royal Canadian Mint) for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, as well as the medals for the 2010 Paralympic Games. Each wildlife design is available in both silver and gold:

    Wood Bison
    Orca Killer Whale
    Peregrine Falcon
    Kingfisher & Boreal Forest

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Investment Note
The 2011 Flock of Canada Geese 1/25 Ounce Gold Proof had a total mintage of only 10,000 (the lowest for this size Canadian coin up to that point) and it sold out handily in a matter of weeks. Along comes these four gold proofs in the Native American Wildlife Designs series, each with a mintage of only 2,500 - and the sky's the limit as to what heights these might hit!

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Technology Note
The marvelous minting technology of the Royal Canadian Mint has brought us the world’s smallest pure gold coin, in a purity (99.99%) that puts other, larger gold coins to shame!

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Obverse
Native Wildlife Gold Kingfisher Proof In BoxA belted kingfisher perched in the boreal forest (in Pacific Northwest Indian style, by Native American artists Corrine Hunt). The date and denomination are both indicated.

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Reverse
A frosted cameo proof portrait of 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 reads ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God").

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Packaging

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

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2011
 
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 1.27 g
Diameter 13.92 mm
Mintage Limit     2,500
 
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Artist Corrine Hunt
Certificate Individually Numbered

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