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Canada 2013 Oh! Canada Series #01 - Inuit Inukshuk and Northern Lights - Native American Symbol - Arctic Aurora Borealis $10 Pure Silver Proof

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Get the Inukshuk, the FIRST in the new and affordable Oh! Canada Series of pure silver proofs that celebrate 12 iconic touchstones of, and all that is great about, Canada!

Sold out at the Mint! Celebrate Canada’s uniqueness with the Oh! Canada Program! Canada's national identity is much like its majestic landscape: diverse, storied, and always fascinating! In the ever-changing world of Canadiana, a few concepts tend to reflect the nation’s natural assets and social and cultural institutions. Born of this complex background, these twelve Canadian icons are undeniable touchstones of the majestic land, its wildlife, people and spirit. These are the scenes that plumb the depths of Canada's own pride in itself, while kindling the world's love for the great nation that is Canada! Collect these twelve eminently affordable pure silver proofs - then revisit your coins again and again to marvel at their cultural significance and detailed imagery!

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Twelve Tremendous, Affordable, Definitively Canadian Pure Silver Proofs!
O Canada 12 Coins for 2013

InukshukThe very first release in the new O Canada Series features a meticulously rendered Inukshuk in raised relief, framed against icy mountains and a frigid, frozen sea. Look closely at the background and you’ll see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) illuminating the Arctic sky in a dazzling display of shimmering light! The distinct design hallmark of the O Canada Program has the central image set between two semi-circular banners (each laser polished to a gleaming, mirror-like finish) with the top band proudly proclaiming the legend “Canada”, and the denomination in the lower band.

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Landmark in a Barren Land
An inukshuk (plural form: inuksuit; singular form often pronounced inutsuk in certain Inuit dialects) is a stone landmark used as a milestone or directional marker by the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Inuksuit have become the de facto symbol of the Territory of Nunavut since its establishment on April 1, 1999. An inukshuk can even be found on the official flag of the territory.

In the Inuit language, the word “Inukshuk” means "in the likeness of a human being"; as such, it is a powerful symbol of survival, family and community. Dotting the vast northern lands, inukshuks (also known as inuksuks) can take different forms for specific purposes, such as ways to mark fishing and hunting grounds, traditional animal migration routes, or as a welcome sign that says “You are on the right path” to a lonely traveler in the otherwise featureless and forbidding Arctic landscape. Subscribe now!

Inuksuit differ from some cairns in significance. The Arctic Circle, dominated by permafrost, has few natural landmarks and thus the inukshuk can be central to navigation across the barren tundra. They vary in shape and size, and perform a diverse array of tasks. It is a symbol with deep roots in the Inuit culture, a directional marker that signifies safety, hope and friendship. As time goes by more and more people of non-Inuit origin are adopting this uniquely Canadian symbol as one of their own!

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The Territorial Flag of Nunavut, Featuring an Inukshuk and the North Star
Official Flag of the Territory of Nunavut

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Technology Note
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 silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Inukshuk $10 Silver in BoxObverse
An inukshuk stands tall against the frozen Arctic sea and landscape, with the Northern Lights shimmering in the sky above. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse
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.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a protective, die cut cardboard shipper. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included. A solid maple wood display case for the entire 12 coin series will be available to purchasers of the entire series one quarter to halfway through the releases.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit      40,000
   
Finish Matte Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Tony Bianco
Certificate Individually Numbered

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