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Canada 2013 Native American Grandmother Moon Mask $25 Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Medallic Proof

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Celebrate the wisdom, ceremony and art of the Native American people with this low mintage, ULTRA HIGH RELIEF, medallic pure silver proof!

Sold out at the Mint!Historically, Native American ceremonial masks were mainly used for ceremonial purposes. The tribes felt as though these masks could bring the energy and spirits of animals, mythical heroes and spiritual beings into their midst. The Royal Canadian Mint has recreated the “Grandmother Moon Mask” in ultra high, medallic relief to translate this beautiful hand carved mask into a very low mintage, pure silver proof! The beauty of this ultra high relief, medallic-style silver proof must truly be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

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Grandmother_Moon_Mask_Red_Cedar_Carving_by_Native_American_Artist_Richard_Cochrane full on front viewAn Original Work of Art
This high relief design is a faithful reproduction of the original work of art that Native American sculptor Richard Cochrane chiseled and carved from a 23 inch (58 cm) piece of old-growth red cedar that he retrieved after a windstorm. Royal Canadian Mint engravers recreated the mask’s wood grain and preserved the two dark growth lines as well as the protective ring of eight New Zealand abalone shells.

To Richard Cochrane and many other Native Americans, the moon is indeed a sacred symbol that appears in countless Indian traditions. He inspired to represent his interpretation of “Grandmother Moon” smiling down at him and onto the earth. He cherished each moment of the two years that it took to create this masterpiece of indigenous fine art. Says Cochrane, “You don’t rush Grandmother.”

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Ancient Symbol of Sacred Protection
A full moon inspires awe and wonder in all those who gaze at it. Long before recorded history, cultures around the world were charting the moon’s path across the night sky. Its perpetual waxing and waning, vanishing and reappearing, marked the passage of time - not clock time, but the cycles of life; the ebb and flow of the sea; the birth, maturation and migration of animals; the sprouting of new plants and the scattering of seeds.

Grandmother_Moon_Mask_Red_Cedar_Carving_by_Native_American_Artist_Richard_Cochrane quarter turn profile side viewUnlike the sun, the moon does not blaze its power upon the earth. It is subtle, more receptive and reflective. The moon brightens the darkness and is therefore a powerful guide or protector. As the force that rules the tides, it is strongly linked to water. The moon is a sacred symbol that appears in countless Native American. These ancient cultures often carved masks to express the intimate relationship between the invisible forces and spirits above, as well as the people, animals, plants, rocks and earth below.

To the Muscoday Tribe of Saskatchewan, the moon is their protective grandmother, matron of the earth. She is the one who pulls back the ocean tides to set the table and establish the mood. Richard Cochrane, a member of the Bear Clan and renowned Native American artist, carved a wooden mask of Grandmother Moon smiling with the gentle knowing of a grandmother. Cochrane’s great-grandmother was the sister of Robert Bear, second chief of his clan when it was known as the John Smith Reserve.

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Investment Note

The Grandmother Moon Mask $25 Pure Silver Proof has a mintage limit of only 6,000 and sold out at the Mint instantly upon release. Given this and its Native American theme, we believe that this will be a very scarce issue, highly sought after by collectors in the future.

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This photo shows the ultra high relief nature of the 2008 $15 Silver Proof featuring Victoria from CanadaTechnical Note
The Royal Canadian Mint is applying its expertise in the design, engraving and striking of medals and medallic art to this coin, which features a Native American ceremonial mask struck in ultra high medallic relief. Each planchet or blank is individually hand-polished before it is quadruple-struck. The edge of the coin is plain, not reeded, unlike most Canadian commemorative and collector coins, in keeping with its medallic nature. Slight differences in the frosted cameo relief and proof-like fields are normal for this high-relief striking process, just as they are with high relief medals.

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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 ultra high, medallic relief pure silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse

A precise reproduction of artist Richard Cochrane's Grandmother Moon Mask, an unique work of art, painstakingly rendered in exquisite detail and ultra high, medallic relief through traditional engraving techniques. The date and denomination are also indicated.


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 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 2013
   
Face Value 25 Dollars
Weight 30.76 g
Diameter 3.15 mm
Mintage Limit    6,000
   
Finish Proof with Ultra High Relief
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Plain
   
Artist Richard Cochrane
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

The comforting glow of the moon

A full moon inspires awe and wonder in all those who gaze at it. Long before recorded history, cultures around the world were charting the moon’s path across the night sky. Its perpetual waxing and waning, vanishing and reappearing, marked the passage of time—not clock time, but the cycles of life; the ebb and flow of the sea; the birth, maturation and migration of animals; the sprouting of new plants and the scattering of seeds.

Unlike the sun, the moon does not blaze its power upon the earth. It is subtle, more receptive and reflective. The moon brightens the darkness and is therefore a powerful guide or protector—and as the force that rules the tides, it is strongly linked to water.

The moon is a sacred symbol that appears in countless First Nations traditions. These ancient cultures often carved masks to express the intimate relationship between the invisible forces above and the people, animals, plants, rocks and earth below.

To the Muscoday First Nations of Saskatchewan, the moon is their protective grandmother, matron of the earth. She is the one who pulls back the ocean tides to set the table and establish the mood. Richard Cochrane, a member of the Bear Clan and renowned Aboriginal artist, carved a wooden mask of Grandmother Moon smiling with the gentle knowing of a grandmother. Cochrane’s great-grandmother was the sister of Robert Bear, second chief of his band when it was known as the John Smith Reserve. Carving the mask took two years. Says Cochrane, “You don’t rush Grandmother.”

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