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Canada 2016 Argillite Chest Native American Artist Charles Edenshaw $500 5 Kilograms Pure Silver Ultra High Relief Proof 5 Kilos GX

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The MOTHER of all Canadian coins - 5 Kilos - with a TOTAL MINTAGE OF ONLY 100! Get this huge (7"+ diameter), truly rare Native American Argillite Chest design by Haida Gwaii artist Charles Edenshaw, minted in 5 kilograms of pure silver, while you can!

Investment Opportunity!Here's only the fifth ever 5 kilo silver coin from Canada! Adapting an original, Native American work of art by artist Charles Edenshaw, this unfathomably massive and inscrutably rare (total mintage = 100) behemoth will be the centerpiece of one very savvy numismatist's collection and investor's portfolio. Weighing a full five kilograms (5,000 grams) of the purest silver on the planet, the masterpiece is protected inside an acrylic lens inside an elegant and luxurious display coffer made of solid, burled Canadian wood, and accompanied by an oversized, individually numbered certificate of authenticity! For the utmost in security, Argillite Chest and its entire package are encased inside an ultra-secure, Canadian made Nanuk protective shipping case. Take advantage of this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while you can!

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Availability Note - There are only 100 of these fourth-ever five kilogram coins. They are truly massive, with unparalleled detail and extraordinarily high relief. All previous 5 Kilo monster coins from the RCM have sold out quickly! We are thrilled to offer this truly rare, museum grade investment piece. Because of its rarity and unique nature, payment in full is required at the time of ordering, and good funds payment may be required.

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An Unbelievable Coin - And an ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME Opportunity
The Argillite Chest $500 5 Kilogram Silver in Full Package

Investment Note

The Dance Screen $500 5 Kilogram Silver Edge View If you're considering this Five Kilogram Silver Proof as an investment (or simply to impress your friends and relatives, neighbors and co-workers), don't ponder the issue too long - there are only 100 in the world:
    • An original work of art - by a world famous, Native American artist!
    • Tremendous size - 5,000 grams (5 kilograms)!
    • Central design is sculpted in ultra high, medallic relief!
    • Did we mention the staggeringly huge size - 180 mm (over 7 inches) in diameter!
    • Astoundingly low mintage - only 100 savvy collectors can ever own this monstrous beauty! Excruciatingly rare!
    • The meticulous detailing and incredible design one expects from the artistic engravers at the Royal Canadian Mint!
    • Extremely desirable Native American theme, an original work of art by a world-famous sculptor!
    • All previous Canadian 5 Kilogram Silver Proofs have disappeared quickly and are virtually impossible to locate!

From a numismatic point of view - this ultra-rarity will be the centerpiece of your collection!

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The Masterful Design
The design features a hyper-detailed interpretation by Royal Canadian Mint engravers (in consultation with Haida artist James Hart) of the 1882 Charles Edenshaw argillite box commissioned by Dr. Israel Wood Powell. The image focuses on the central figure of the box: a lion with human hair and an anthropomorphic nose and chin. Two human-like hands flank the face, which is encircled as though emerging from a cave. The background features flowing and organic ovoids, u-forms, and other key Haida motifs, as well as detailed negative space cross-hatching - all characteristic of Edenshaw’s work.

Argillite Chest $500 5 Kilogram Silver encasedCreating A Masterpiece
The Royal Canadian Mint collaborated with renowned Haida artist James Hart on the design interpretation. A celebrated artist with works in galleries and museums around the world, Hart is also Charles Edenshaw's great-great-grandson and holds Edenshaw's hereditary title as Chief of the Eagle moiety. Hart is frequently commissioned to consult on the restoration and installation of Haida artefacts and to create original artworks for institutions and private collectors. His monumental work, The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), was featured on the Royal Canadian Mint's 2015 500-Dollar Silver 5-Kilogram Coin.

Each of the 100 coins in this mintage was carefully fashioned from a single pour of pure molten silver. The design was painstakingly engraved down to the finest detail. Production of the dies alone, from a state-of-the-art three-dimensional digital model of the carving, took approximately four weeks with up to four engravers working simultaneously. This process was followed by about 200 hours on the milling machine to engrave each die, then four weeks of hand polishing and texturing before the dies were ready to be used to strike each coin up to eight times!

Please see the articles lower in this presentation for more information about the artist, Charles Edenshaw, as well as the story of his creation of the original masterpiece.

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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 five kilogram silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Canada $500 5 Kilogram Silver in boxThe design features a hyper-detailed interpretation by Royal Canadian Mint engravers (in consultation with Haida artist James Hart) of an 1882 Charles Edenshaw argillite box. There are virtually no legends on this side save the country name CANADA, to enhance the beauty of the design.

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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 date, denomination and legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appear. The legend 5 KG 9999 guarantees the weight and purity.

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This may be the most stunning collector case ever from the Royal Canadian Mint, a presentation fit for a king! The coin itself is housed in an unique circular capsule. The gorgeous burled-wood case, which bears the Royal Canadian Mint logo and wordmark, has been designed to highlight and display the exquisite artistry of the coin in the way you choose. You can display the coin inside its case - a round acrylic window in the lid is sized to the coin's dimensions. Or you can choose to display the coin in a custom frame that is included in the case. The oversized, individually-numbered 8x8-inch coin certificate may be housed just below the display compartment in a special spring-loaded drawer. The entire interior is lined in velvet-like black flocking. The case is protected with an unique custom set-up box and is delivered in a Canadian-made Nanuk™ protective shipping case.

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Country Canada
Year of Issue 2016
Face Value 500 Dollars
Weight 5000.00 g
Diameter 180 mm (more than 7 inches!)
Mintage Limit      100
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (reeded, milled)
Artist Charles Edenshaw, as interpreted by
Royal Canadian Mint engravers
Certificate Individually Numbered

About The Artist - Tahayren: The Man Who Became Charles Edenshaw
Called Tahayren, the man who came to be known as Charles Edenshaw was born at Skidegate in British Columbia's Haida Gwaii in 1839. In 1885, he became Chief Eda'nsa of the Eagle moiety. He and his wife, K'woiyang, were baptized that year and given the European names Charles and Isabella Edenshaw.

Edenshaw became one of the Haida's most important cultural guardians at a time when the Haida people underwent immense challenges to their way of life - including the near-decimation of their population by smallpox in the 1860s. His devotion to Haida oral history and visual language helped to preserve the culture. Beyond creating some of the finest examples of Haida sculpture, Edenshaw assisted the researchers of his day in understanding Haida figures and stories. By the 1890s, he was known among collectors and anthropologists as the Haida's greatest living carver and was being commissioned by museums to create original works and models of Haida monumental pieces, such as totem poles, to preserve these artefacts before they disappeared.

Charles Edenshaw's passion for and devotion to both his craft and the ways of his people continued to resonate long after his passing. He became an inspiration to the generations of Haida artists that followed - including some of today's most well-known artists of the West Coast, such as James Hart, Bill Reid, and Robert Davidson.

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Artistry in Argillite: The Creation of a Masterpiece
Argillite is a rare product of the geology of Canada's northwest coast. Found only in the Haida Gwaii, it is a form of extremely solidified clay. Because it is made of very fine, highly compacted particles, it does not share most shale's tendency to split and chip - a property that makes it exceptionally well suited to carving. Though Haida carvers had long worked with this unique slate, its popularity among European customers transformed it into an important commodity in the nineteenth century.

Now held in the collection of the Museum of Vancouver, the argillite box from which this coin design was developed was originally created by Charles Edenshaw and purchased by Israel Wood Powell, a businessman, doctor, and Superintendent of Indian Affairs for British Columbia (1872 to 1889), who was also an avid collector of the artefacts of the Haida and Tsimshian. Mr. Powell commissioned this box, along with one other, to give to Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise, when she visited Victoria, British Columbia in 1882. The lion that appears on the box, along with the two boar heads at either end, are elements of the coat of arms of Princess Louise's husband, the Duke of Argyll. In the end, this box was not given to the princess but to Dr. Powell's wife.

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