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Canada 2013 Native American Traditions of Hunting #2 - Bison Hunter and Great White Buffalo $5 Pure Silver Proof

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Second in this new Native American series - and a phenomenal original work of art! An American Indian brave teaches his sons to hunt bison on this affordable, pure silver proof!

Sold out at the Mint! Welcome to the Traditions of Hunting, the new Native American and wildlife program from the Royal Canadian Mint! The second issue depicts an American Indian brave instructing his two young sons on how to hunt bison or buffalo. He silently gestures to the young boy, signaling "Quiet!", as a multi-point buck freezes in the tall grasses beyond. Armed with a bow and arrow, and camouflaged by an animal skin, the hunter will find his mark, as foreshadowed by the petroglyph drawing on the rock of a hunter shooting a buck! Continuing its long tradition of Native American-themed coins, the Bison Hunter is struck in 99.99% pure silver on a large 36 millimeter diameter, crown sized planchet.

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Investment Note - The mintage limit of 10,000 is low for this new Native American series, much less one that involves hunting big game! Last year's Native American Niobium Full Moons BiMetallic Program sold out in record time, and has increased in value. We believe this highly affordable series will be very popular!

The endangered wood bison, the largest land mammal of North America.The Tradition of Survival
For untold generations, Native Americans did not master the art of hunting for sport - they mastered hunting for their very survival. And they were very good at it, using weapons that we today would consider primitive. More than their weapons, they had to rely on their skills, ability, and knowledge - knowledge of the animal, the landscape, the weather, the seasons, light, and themselves.

“Stay low! You don’t want them to see you.” The bison continue grazing despite the boys’ excitement. The herd is right there in front of them! Eager eyes strain for a closer look; fingers yearn to touch the great beasts that offer themselves in sacrifice so the hunters can have food, clothing, tools and shelter.

This is the moment the boys have been waiting for. They have listened to their father’s wisdom, his spellbinding stories about the hunt; learned to watch nature for signs that the bison are ready. For young minds, the hours spent making arrows felt more like years - an exercise designed not only to manufacture deadly projectiles, but also to instill patience and discipline. This understanding teaches that it takes a carefully crafted arrow, and a focused mind and eye, to hit the mark.

A Native American brave hunter in his canoe, armed with bow and arrow.Now, with their bellies pressed against the ground, the boys’ eyes follow their father’s finger, scanning the herd, finally settling on the Great White Buffalo. He is the revered hero from the legends that echo in the boys’ hearts and minds. A white bison (bison being the correct term for this species), is so rare, its birth is deemed a miracle. This harbinger of important change brings with it the promise of hope and spiritual healing for Mother Earth. The White Buffalo is a sacred symbol of unity among all the people of the earth, and, as such, is spared from the hunt.

The hunting party gathers. Anticipation builds. Soon, the boys will join the tradition that has sustained their people for thousands of years. It is time to hunt and honor the great bison.

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The endangered wood bison, the largest land mammal of North America.An Original Work of Art!
Words were few as guidance, for hunting skills came from example. Understanding this spiritual connection to the earth, the animals and the rhythm of the seasons, was (and still is!) a large part of what makes a good hunter. The bison offered up food, clothing and housing to American Indian peoples for thousands of years, a sacrifice that never went unappreciated. Wisdom is to know this before your first hunt.

The realistic, naturalistic design by Native Americanartist Darlene Gait (of the Coast Salish tribe) features a captivating narrative of two young boys surveying a bison herd prior to their first hunt while their father points to the miraculous Great White Buffalo.

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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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Obverse

Canada 2013 Hunting Silver $5 Proof in BoxA meticulously detailed and finely engraved scene of an American Indian brave instructing his sons on how to hunt bison. He silently gestures to the Great White Buffalo! The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 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.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 23.17 g
Diameter 36 mm
Mintage Limit      10,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Darlene Gait
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

In pursuit of the great bison.

“Stay low! You don’t want them to see you.” The bison continue grazing despite the boys’ excitement. The herd is RIGHT there! Eyes strain for a closer look; fingers yearn to touch the great beasts that offer themselves in sacrifice so the villagers can have food, clothing, tools and shelter.

This is the moment the boys have been waiting for. They have listened to their father’s wisdom, his spellbinding stories about the hunt; learned to watch nature for signs that the bison are ready. For young minds, the hours spent making arrows felt more like years—an exercise designed to instill patience and discipline; the understanding that it takes a carefully crafted arrow, a focused mind and eye to hit the mark.

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Now, with their bellies pressed against the ground, the boys’ eyes follow their father’s finger, scanning the herd, finally settling on the White Buffalo; revered hero from the legends that echo in the boys’ hearts and minds. A white bison, bison being the correct term for this species, is so rare, its birth is deemed a miracle; a harbinger of important change that brings with it the promise of hope and spiritual healing for Mother Earth. The White Buffalo is a sacred symbol of unity among all the people of the earth, and, as such, is spared from the hunt.

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The hunting party gathers. Anticipation builds. Soon, the boys will join the tradition that has sustained their people for thousands of years. It is time to hunt and honour the great bison.

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