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Canada 2011 Native American Wildlife Designs #2 - Orca Killer Whale 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 orca or killer whale completely breaching or leaping out of the water.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 an Orca or Killer Whale executed with Hunt’s unique interpretation of traditional Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit tribal forms. The breeching orca’s powerful head, body, and dorsal and pectoral fins have escaped the swell of the sea, hurtling the mythical sea-king from the ocean into the air - its two domains. Inside its body, an ovoid form represents the many generations, past and present, of the community in which the orca thrives.

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Highly Intelligent Marine Hunter - Endangered
The killer whale (Orcinus orca), commonly referred to as the orca, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which they are the largest member. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. They are able to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots, making them the world's fastest sea mammals.

Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators and preying on even large sharks.

An adult orca or killer whale exhibiting spyhopping behavior, which helps it to see its surroundings better. Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, are taught to and passed on to subsequent generations, in what has been described as manifestations of culture.

The IUCN currently assesses the orca's conservation status as data deficient because of the likelihood that one or more killer whale types are separate species. Some local populations are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution (by PCBs), capture for marine mammal parks, and conflicts with fisheries. In late 2005, the killer whales known as the "southern resident killer whales" were placed on the U.S. Endangered Species list.

Wild killer whales are not considered a threat to humans, although there have been cases of captive orcas killing or injuring their handlers at marine theme parks. Killer whales feature strongly in the mythologies of indigenous cultures, especially the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, with their reputation ranging from being the souls of humans to merciless killers.

Their distinctive intelligence, sociability, and playfulness, particularly their spectacular leaps, have made orcas an important symbol of Wildlife Conservation.

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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 Orca Proof In BoxAn orca or killer whale (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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