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Canada 2013 Oh! Canada Series #09 - Hockey $10 Pure Silver Proof

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Play a game of hockey at the local outdoor hockey rink, the 9th 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!

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

A Highly Detailed, Original Work of Art!
Wayne Gretzky, This ninth release in the new O Canada series features a meticulously rendered design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco: a small group of town folks enjoying a pick-up game of the national sport of Canada, hockey, on a small local rink. In the foreground, we see the backs of a father and child, sticks over their shoulders and skates hanging from the sticks by their laces in a typical Canadian fashion. Bundled in warm coats, snow pants, and toques, they walk through the snow to the small outdoor community hockey rink such as dot Canadian towns from coast to coast. In the background, other players lean against the outside of the boards, sticks held high, waiting for their turn to join the game. On the rink itself, a parent and several children are playing a game of hockey. The parent and one of the children wave their hands and sticks high in the air, signaling that someone has scored a goal. In the distant background, stark leafless trees rise against the wintry horizon. The design also features a tiny pair of crossed hockey sticks in the cartouche to the left of the main Hockey Rink scene, balancing the date of issue on the right.

The distinct design hallmark of the O Canada series 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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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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Canada 2013 Hockey Silver $10 Proof in BoxObverse

A meticulously detailed and finely engraved detail of portrait of a local town hockey rink and its denizens. The traditional-style engraving has produced a magnificent work of beauty. 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 full color outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

A solid wood display case for the entire 12 coin series will be available to purchasers of the entire series sooner or later. The Mint said "Sooner than later," but we think that they meant, "Later."

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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

Complete Certificate Text

O Canada

Canada’s national identity is much like its majestic landscape: diverse, storied, and sometimes elusive. In the ever-changing tectonics of Canadian culture, identifiers tend to reflect the nation’s multicultural nature and its geography, fauna and flora, and social and political institutions. Born of this complex background, Canadian icons are distinct because they carry meaning for all Canadians, regardless of where we live or how we came to be here. These are the images that plumb the depths of Canadian pride and kindle Canadians’ love for their home.

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Great Canadian Sport, Greatest Canadian Passion
Saying that hockey is important to Canadians is akin to suggesting that water is important to fish—a major understatement. Today a multimillion-dollar industry supported by grassroots demand from fans, hockey’s origins and popularity in Canada have roots in the most profound elements of Canada’s national character. The story of Canadian hockey connects with this land’s diverse history of settlement, but goes much deeper into the primordial past of an ancient land populated by First Peoples whose culture had, over the span of millennia, become intrinsically intertwined with the world of the North.

Historians generally agree that the first formalized and refereed public hockey game was played in Montréal, Quebec, in 1875. In the intervening years, the professional and amateur variations of the game have become, by turns, national celebrations, passionate performances, arenas for controversy, patriotic symbols, and more. But beyond the professional ranks and elite amateur leagues, Canadians of all stripes have loved and played hockey-like sports for the entire lifespan of European settlement here—as the Aboriginal originators of the game did for centuries before that.

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Aside from the relative merits of teams and players, one of Canadians’ favourite topics of debate is the origin of hockey. Pinpointing hockey’s roots is not a straightforward exercise. From shinny to hurley to wicket and more, settlers in this wintery land played various forms of ice-bound games involving the use of curved sticks to manoeuvre an object into a goal. These games are mentioned in Canadian records from the early nineteenth century, but as to whether any of them can technically be considered hockey, widespread disagreement prevails.

There is little dispute, however, that hockey in the form Canadians understand today has important origins with Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Historians of the sport cite references to games that sound very much like modern team-based hockey contests played by the Haida Nation of the Northwest Pacific Coast, the Mi’kmaq of Canada’s East Coast region, and others. Some aboriginal versions of the sport were played on ice skates made from bone, lending the game the exceptional speed that distinguishes modern hockey.

While definitions of what constitutes early hockey remain contentious, it is the two elements of team contest and skating that fundamentally differentiate the game’s Canadian story. When Halifax-based craftsman John Forbes invented the spring skate in 1865, Canadian hockey took on a new life. Whereas past versions skates were cumbersome, Forbes’ skates provided the technological structure necessary for modern hockey’s unmatched speed and agility. So perhaps modern Canadian hockey actually began with Forbes’ spring skate. Or with the early hand-carved hockey sticks produced by the Mi’kmaq Nation of Nova Scotia. Or perhaps, as Canadian poet Richard Harrison has said, “What’s important isn’t where the origins of hockey is found in Canada, but how Canada finds at least a part of its origin in hockey.”

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A Canadian Icon
In a land where that which is wild is revered and notions of struggle and courage are counted as the highest traits of character, Canadian hockey is a symbolic microcosm of the core tenets of the Canadian spirit. In Canada’s game, we see powerful and bold warriors taking on wild foes, each testing his or her mettle in a frozen world of ice and cold. As Canadian writer Stephen Marche has said, “Hockey is a metaphor for life in the North.” Canada’s truly unique sport and its many heroes—players, coaches, commentators, technologists, first originators, and loyal fans—are icons that hold a special place in the hearts of all Canadians.

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