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Canada 2018 Tecumseh Native American War Chief 250th Anniversary of 1768 Birth $100 Gold Proof GX L01 - MINTAGE 1,500

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The annual $100 Gold Proof for 2018 commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great Indian War Chief Tecumseh. This Native American theme and the extremely low mintage of just 1,500 make this gold proof  serious investment consideration!

Investment Opportunity!Warrior. Leader. Visionary. Fueled by a desire to protect his homeland, Native American war chief Tecumseh (1768-1813) is remembered as one of the great military heroes of the War of 1812. On the 250th anniversary of his birth, the Royal Canadian Mint’s world-renowned annual $100 Gold Proof Finish Commemorative Coinfor 2018 is a celebration of the life and legacy of this legendary Shawnee leader, whose beliefs, triumphs and sacrifice are woven into the complex fabric of both the Canadian and the United States tapestry of history.

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Investment Note - Lowest mintage limit ever for this series - only 1,500! (That's down from 3,000 in 2011!) The $100 Gold Proof Series is highly collected (as are Native American themed coins), and this year's edition proudly celebrates the birth of the great Shawnee war chief Tecumseh. We recommend this as a buy-and-hold investment and predict another fast sell-out!

The Historical Tecumseh
Born in 1768, Tecumseh was a member of the Kispoko division of the Shawnees that focused on war. His name refers to the rising path of a shooting star, like a mountain lion leaping across the sky. While the spiritual teachings of his brother Tenskwatawa (the Prophet) warned of the dangers of abandoning ancestral ways, Tecumseh's message was one of cross-cultural unity. He championed the establishment of a Native American confederacy - one he hoped would stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes - as the best line of defense to repel American expansion in the west.

Tecumseh's first visit to Canada (Upper Canada) was in 1808, when he arrived at Fort Malden in what is now Amherstburg, Ontario. While initially distrustful of the British, the Americans aroused Tecumseh's fury with the Treaty of Fort Wayne in 1810 and an attack on his settlement at Prophetstown (the Battle of Tippecanoe) in 1811. As a result, thousands of Native American warriors sided with the British during the War of 1812 and played a key role in defending Upper and Lower Canada against invading forces. Tecumseh was offered the rank of Brigadier-General in the British Army. He would lead over 2,000 warriors into four major battles: the Siege of Detroit, Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson, and the Battle of the Thames.

As evidence of their mutual respect, Sir Isaac Brock gave Tecumseh the red sash from his uniform, while Tecumseh gave the British commander his beaded belt. Brock was wearing Tecumseh's belt when he was shot during the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812. Tecumseh was killed in the Battle of the Thames (near Thamesville, Ontario) in October 1813.

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An Intricate, Highly Detailed Historical Design!
Artist Bonnie Ross draws from various historical visual and written sources to present an ideal portrait of the legendary Shawnee war leader. Presented in three-quarter profile, Tecumseh is depicted in his traditional Shawnee clothing (as described by one of Sir Isaac Brock’s men) with the King George III Indian peace medal worn around his neck. Behind the carefully sculpted bust, a precision-engraved map fills the field. This illustrated representation of Upper Canada circa 1813 highlights Tecumseh’s key role as a military ally during the War of 1812, but the area above his right shoulder has added significance - it includes the sites of several major conflicts involving Tecumseh, including the Battle of the Thames where he was slain in 1813. The design includes the name TECUMSEH and the commemorative dates 1768-2018 in a font reminiscent of 1812 typography.

The intricate and elegant design is finely engraved and meticulously presented in beautiful proof finish (frosted cameo raised elements (devices) on a mirrored background or field), a testament to the exceptional talents of the designer and unparalleled RCM craftsmanship and technology.

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Investment Note
Again this year the mintage limit of the annual $100 Gold Proof remains reduced, from 3,000 in 2011 to only 1,500! In 2007, the mintage limit was nearly slashed in half, being reduced from 9,000 to only 5,000. In 2011, the mintage was reduced again, from 5,000 to only 3,000, and the 2011 Railroad $100 Gold Proof naturally sold out. In 2012, the mintage as slashed again, from 3,000 to 2,500, and the 2012 Cariboo Gold Rush $100 Gold Proof likewise sold out at the Mint! Once again, this is a very small mintage indeed for this ever-popular and affordable series, so the 2017 entry in this 30-plus-year-old program seems like a sure sell-out, too!

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Obverse
Artist Bonnie Ross draws from various historical visual and written sources to present an ideal portrait of the legendary Shawnee war leader. Presented in three-quarter profile, Tecumseh is depicted in his traditional Shawnee clothing (as described by one of Sir Isaac Brock’s men) with the King George III Indian peace medal worn around his neck. The dual dates 1768-2018 mark the anniversary. The denomination is 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 black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 100 Dollars
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 27.00 mm
Mintage Limit     1,500
   
Finish Proof
Composition .5833 Fine (14-Karat) Gold
alloyed with .4167 Fine Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Bonnie Ross
Certificate Individually Numbered




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