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Canada 2011 Native American Wildlife Designs #3 - Peregrine Falcon 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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FalconInvestment 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 Peregrine Falcon executed with Hunt’s unique interpretation of traditional Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit tribal forms. The powerful bird’s unblinking eye scans its domain, as this great predator waits patiently on its perch, head thrust forward, ready to strike with unmatched speed. In its chest, an ovoid form - a symbol of life and rebirth - represents the hunter’s return from the brink of extinction.

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The Peregrine Falcon
Few creatures can be said to thrive well in both cities and the wilderness; however, the peregrine falcon is one! After nearly becoming extinct as a result of the use of DDT chemicals in the 1950s and 1960s, peregrine falcons were reintroduced and rehabilitated through the creation of nesting sites in urban areas. Peregrines’ preference for nesting on the sides of tall cliffs has found a functional substitute in the modern skyscraper, where pairs use the same nesting site year after year, generation after generation. Today, many U.S. cities, as well as Canadian cities Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Halifax, Saint John, Winnipeg, and Regina, among others, can boast being home to at least one nesting pair of peregrines.

The peregrine falcon is perhaps nature’s most striking, beautiful, and graceful aerial predators. Known for its breathtaking displays of in-flight agility, this raptor is also fast - it can also reach speeds over 200 mph (300 km/h) while swooping, making it the fastest animal on earth! Intimately tied to successful efforts to ban harmful DDT chemicals, and now a treasured sight for many North American city-dwellers, the peregrine falcon is simultaneously one of the world’s most majestic birds, and a great symbol of adaptability and resurgence.

Fit for a King (and a Holy Roman Emperor!)
Falcon_and_Nestlings.jpg The noble peregrine falcon figures large in history. After the expulsion of the Knights Hospitalers of St. John from Rhodes by the Ottoman Turks in 1522, they needed a new home base. In 1530 the Holy Roman Emperor, King Charles V of Spain, as King of Sicily, gave the Knights the island of Malta (and their new name) in perpetual fiefdom in exchange for the annual payment of a single Maltese falcon, which they were to send on All Souls Day to the King's representative, the Viceroy of Sicily. This move proved to be judicious indeed, as the Knights of Malta successfully withstood the Great Siege of Malta by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1565, thereby buying Christian Europe the time it desperately needed to prepare its defenses. Six years later, in 1571, a united European fleet would end the Muslim threat by decisively defeating the Turkish armada at the Battle of Lepanto, one of the turning points in world history. The historical fact of the king's payment was a key element in Dashiell Hammett's famous book The Maltese Falcon.

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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 Falcon Proof In BoxA peregrine falcon (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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