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Canada 2013 Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 Centennial 100th Anniversary - Canada's Arctic Landscape $250 1 Kilogram Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Proof GX - MINTAGE 750

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Commemorate the centennial of the landmark Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913, a landmark in polar exploration, with this TRULY HUGE silver kilogram, featuring the stark, otherworldly and stunningly dramatic Arctic landscape!

The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing a multi-coin programto commemorate the centennial of the landmark Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1916. This intricately engraved scene depicts the north shore of Baffin Island, overlooking Lancaster Sound, at the mouth of the Northwest Passage. This vignette captures the Arctic’s various landscape elements: icebergs, glaciers, mountains, ice plains, and frozen waters. The Canadian Arctic Expedition was a landmark event in the exploration of the uncharted polar regions, helping to map the extent of Canada’s Arctic territory, discover hitherto unknown islands, and uncover important research about the people, flora, fauna, and geology of the region. The year 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Expedition, whose landscapes are rendered in exquisite detail, made all the more desirable by the Royal Canadian Mint's huge tableau in full, frosted cameo proof finish and ultra high medallic relief - at more than 100 mm in diameter, it is a full 4 inches across! Even better is the extremely low mintage limit - only 750 and destined to sell out quickly! Don't delay!

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A dog sled and explorers of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913.Mintage Note! Only 750 of these huge, dramatic silver kilograms commemorating the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 will be minted, making this issue truly rare and meaning only that many lucky individuals will ever be able to own this monstrous beauty! This door-stopper's desirability is further enhanced by the high relief, medallic design that must be seen to be believed, and its composition of 99.99% pure silver - the purest silver on the planet!

The Mint has released an outstanding program of coins in honor of the centennial of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, including several numismatic silver dollars. All feature a minutely detailed design depicting explores and their team of sled dogs. This silver dollar design is available in 3 different varieties, included among these program options:

    • Silver Dollar #1 - A Brilliant Uncirculated Pure Silver Dollar in presentation case
    • Silver Dollar #2 - A Proof Pure Silver Dollar in presentation case
    • Pure Silver Proof Set - Very low-mintage 7-Coin Pure Silver Proof Set with gold-plated silver dollar (in this set only!)
    • Gold Proof #1 - The affordable Inuit Native American Owl Shaman 1/25 Ounce Pure Gold Proof
    • Gold Proof #2 - The mintage of 2,500 Arctic Expedition Dog Sled $100 Gold Proof
    • Silver Kilogram - Ultra-rare, mintage of 750 Canada's Arctic Landscape 1 Kilogram Ultra High Relief Silver Proof

...and don't forget the Australian Antarctic Territories Pure Silver Dollar Program!

Designed by Canadian artist W. David Ward, this huge, pure silver kilogram presents a highly detailed portrait of the north shore of Baffin Island, overlooking Lancaster Sound, at the mouth of the Northwest Passage - a scene that captures the Arctic’s various landscape elements: icebergs, glaciers, mountains, ice plains, and frozen waters. Amid the semi-frozen sea water of Lancaster Sound, dotted with masses of ice, large icebergs float majestically under a cloud-filled sky. In the distance, on both sides of the Sound, jagged glacier-topped mountains rise against the horizon.

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The Canadian Arctic Expedition
A sailing ship and explorers of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913, with Native American Inuit snow dwelling.The Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913–1916 was a scientific expedition inside the Arctic Circle organized and led by Vilhjalmur Stefansson. The expedition was originally to be sponsored by the National Geographic Society of the United States and the American Museum of Natural History. However, Canada took over the sponsorship because of the potential for discovery of new land and because Stefansson, who though born in Canada was now an American, re-established his Canadian citizenship. The Canadian Arctic Expedition was divided into a Northern Party (led by Stefansson), and a Southern Party led by Rudolph M. Anderson.

The objective of the Northern Party was to explore for new land north and west of the known land of the Canadian Arctic. At this time the possible existence of large, undiscovered land masses, comparable to the Canadian Arctic islands or even a small continent, was (correctly) thought scientifically plausible. The approach of the Northern Party, besides searching for new land, was a program of through-ice depth soundings to map the edge of the continental shelf. Meteorological, magnetic, and marine biological investigations were also planned.

The objective of the Southern party was scientific documentation of the geography, geology, resources, wildlife, and people of the Mackenzie River delta and adjacent regions of Canada between Cape Parry and the Kent Peninsula, for about 100 mi (160 km) inland, and southern and eastern Victoria Island. Copper deposits and trade routes were of particular interest.

A dog sled and explorers of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913.1913 was a particularly bad year for Arctic navigation. All of the expedition ships were frozen in before they could reach their initial destination of Herschel Island. The principal ship of the expedition, the Karluk, was carried off and eventually crushed by the ice, leading to loss of eleven lives before a famous rescue. Most of the Southern Party had traveled in other ships of the expedition, and Stefansson left the Karluk with a party of five before the ship was carried off. Stefansson promptly purchased a small schooner, the North Star, reconstituted the Northern Party with local hires and resumed exploring. Only one of the fourteen Karluk survivors rejoined the expedition.

The expedition purchased another ship, the Polar Bear, in 1915. The Southern Party remained in the North through the summer of 1916, exploring and mapping as far east as Bathurst Inlet. Some members of the Northern Party continued exploring through 1918. The expedition discovered land previously unknown even to the Inuit (including Brock, Mackenzie King, Borden, Meighen, and Lougheed Islands), produced valuable data, and launched the careers of several explorers and scientists. The controversies it engendered persisted for decades.

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Investment Note
If you're considering this Proof Silver Kilo as an investment, it's kind of hard to go wrong here:
    • Ultra-low mintage limit - only 750 worldwide!
    • Tremendous size - 1000 grams (1 kilogram)!
    • An original work of art, commissioned exclusively by this coin, by a well-known and working artist!
    • The meticulous detailing and incredible design one expects from the artistic engravers at the Royal Canadian Mint!
    • Struck in ultra high, medallic relief, with tremendous depth of field for a dramatic and powerful scene!
    • The last two silver kilograms from the RCM (the 2010 Banff 1 Kilo and the 2011 Maple Forever 1 Kilo) disappeared quickly and are nearly impossible to locate in the aftermarket!
From a numismatic point of view - this stark and otherworldly landscape will be the centerpiece of your collection!

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Purity 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 one kilogram silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
Canada 2013 Arctic Landscape $250 Silver Kilogram in boxA stark and otherworldly landscape, struck in ultra high, medallic relief. A highly detailed portrait of the north shore of Baffin Island, overlooking Lancaster Sound, at the mouth of the Northwest Passage - a scene that captures the Arctic’s various landscape elements: icebergs, glaciers, mountains, ice plains, and frozen waters. Amid the semi-frozen sea water of Lancaster Sound, dotted with masses of ice, large icebergs float majestically under a cloud-filled sky. In the distance, on both sides of the Sound, jagged glacier-topped mountains rise against the horizon. There are no legends other than the country name CANADA on the obverse to detract from the power and the beauty of the dramatic design.

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") the date of issue and the denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated and presented inside a solid maple wood casket or coffer, 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 2013
 
Face Value 250 Dollars
Weight 1000.00 g
Diameter 101.60 mm (4 inches)
Mintage Limit      750
 
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist W. David Ward
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

The Arctic: Canada’s Crowning Glory

Sculpted by relentless winds, grinding ice, and bitter cold, the vast, open Canadian Arctic landscape embodies the ancient spirit of Earth’s glacial past. Locked in twilight for much of the year, cast in blinding contrast for its few months of midnight sun, the Canadian Arctic is like no other place on Earth.

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That humans have thrived here for millennia is astonishing. Having evolved a lifestyle integrated with the freezing and thawing of the frozen ocean waters that surround and touch each island and archipelago, the peoples of this land have adapted to a landscape of striking extremes.

And don't forget the southern polar region, the frozen continent of Antarctica!

For Canadians, the Arctic represents not only a massive component of the nation’s geography and the interconnectedness of Canadian lands from sea to sea to sea, but the source of the ice, snow, and cold that has carved out not only the land but the soul of this country. Mapped by Canadian explorers such as those of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition, the lands, waterways, and continental shelves extending from the Northwest Passage to the nearer North are sovereign Canadian territories that play an important role in the heritage of Canada’s people, geography, and environment.

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