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Canada 2013 Miss Canada Allegory - Seated Goddess and Allegorical Lady of the Great White North $25 .9999 Pure Gold Proof GX

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES - and a phenomenal INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! This beauteous, low mintage (only 2,000) proof features the allegorical goddess or personification, Miss Canada, the Lady of the Great White North - stuck in one quarter troy ounce of pure gold!

Sold out at the Mint!Most countries have a female personification or goddess, who allegorically represents the entire country. For example:
    The United States is known for both Columbia and Lady Liberty!
    Great Britain is historical represented by the allegorical goddess Britannia!
    France is represented by the Sower, the original Walking Liberty who sows peace and prosperity for her people!
    Even Greenland has its own goddess, Greenlandia!

It has been decades since Canada was represented in this way. To the best of our knowledge, Canada has never been personified allegorically on a coin. All that is about to change - Talisman Coins and the Royal Canadian Mint are proud to present the first three Miss Canada coins - one proof each in the metals of bronze, silver and gold! These are the very first entries into what is planned as an ongoing series, with a new design every year!

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Three Miss Canada Allegory Coins in Bronze, Silver + Gold

The three precious metal proofs in the new 2013 Miss Canada Program are:

    Miss Canada $3 Bronze Proof - Mintage of 15,000, and the first ever bronze proof in Canadian history!
    Miss Canada $25 1 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Proof - Mintage of only 8500!
    Miss Canada $25 1/4 Troy Ounce .9999 Pure Gold Proof - Mintage of only 2,000!

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Masterpieces of the Minter's Art - The Lady of the Great White North!
This three coin program re-introduces Miss Canada to the world! The vignette by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw features an iconic rendering of a new Canada allegory! Seated on the “throne” of the Canadian Shield, this classically dressed, seated female portrays elegance and beauty. Appropriate, Miss Canada sports a crown of maple leaves - an iconic image associated with Canada for more than two centuries. She raises her right hand with open palm in a gesture of peace and welcome. In her left arm she holds a staff bearing a large maple leaf. Her bare right foot is visible beneath the hem of her long gown, putting Miss Canada in direct contact with the natural world within which she is positioned. In the landscape surrounding her we see the incredible natural variety of Canada. In the distant background rise vast mountains and a pure glacial river. The middle ground is occupied by a large waterway bounded by a wild forested shoreline. An eagle, an important element of Native American spiritualism, flies above her. In the water below the eagle, a jumping fish represents the vigor and power of Canada’s natural world. The base of the image is festooned with a garland composed of more than twenty-five species of Canadian leaves, symbolizing Canada’s natural diversity and multicultural makeup.

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Investment Note
First in a new series of Miss Canada coins, featuring annually-changing designs. Beautiful, allegorical scene. A full quarter troy ounce of pure gold. Extremely affordable introductory price. Best of all, a total mintage of only 2,000 gold proofs! What more do we have to say?

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Obverse
Canada 2013 Miss Canada Allegorical $25 Pure Gold ProofAn allegorical scene depicts Miss Canada, the Goddess of the Great White North. The date and denomination are both 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 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 7.797 g
Diameter 20 mm
Mintage Limit     2,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Gold
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Laurie McGaw
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Lady of the North Land: Celebrating a Canadian Allegory

France has Marianne, England celebrates Britannia, America holds dear its Lady Liberty. For centuries, nations have adopted female personification to allegorically represent an idealized national image linked to classical iconography. In the years following Confederation, through the First World War and in various forms until the middle of the 20th century, Canada too had a well-known feminine national allegory, Miss Canada, whose emergence and evolution in Canada’s formative era reflects the fascinating and often complex story of Canadian nationalism.

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In her earliest years, this Canadian allegorical figure was portrayed as the daughter of England’s feminine allegory, Britannia. In the classical robes of ancient Greece and Rome, Miss Canada was youthful and obedient to her august elder. The image was used in many ways, from political cartoons to product advertising. But as Canada’s international relationships changed over time—particularly its links with both England and the United States—so did the treatment and use of the Miss Canada allegory. By the outset of the First World War, she was so well known as to form part of the mythological vernacular of the country, having also appeared in literature by this time.

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The First World War was a time of massive upheaval around the world but also within Canada itself. As the young country struggled to define its values, it engaged in a fluid and often disorienting dance between past and present. Although Canada was still a Dominion of the British Empire, nationalism was gaining momentum. At the same time, the tension between Canada’s original European settlement groups—the French and the English—was ongoing, fueled by contemporary events and public policy. Women were fighting for the vote. Discovery and “progress” on multiple fronts were changing the way people lived and worked. In short, “Canada,” still largely amorphous, struggled to define itself at a time when its western cultural context was itself undergoing massive change.

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Inevitably, this cultural journey was reflected in the figure of the Canadian allegory. On one hand, there was reversion to the original “dedicated daughter of Britannia” allegory as it was propagandized by the government to maintain support for the war effort once Canadian soldiers began dying in large numbers. On the other hand, with society marching to the beat of progress, the figure herself necessarily had to modernize, her role as admiring daughter at the feet of Mother Britannia giving way to a stronger and more modern woman.

As national identity crystallized following Canada’s contribution to the war effort and full political independence after the war, the once-ubiquitous Canadian female allegory slowly disappeared from popular culture. Today, such an allegory must necessarily reflect an entirely different set of ideals, containing the contrasting but congruent values of diversity and interconnection that make this country unique.

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