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Canada 2018 Tecumseh Native American War Chief 250th Anniversary of 1768 Birth - Ultra High Medallic Relief $25 Pure Silver Proof Piedfort with 24-Karat Gold Plating L09

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Commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great Indian War Chief Tecumseh with this Native American themed, low mintage proof finish, double-thick, high relief piedfort, plated in 24-karat gold and minted in one troy ounce of the purest silver on the planet!

Warrior. Leader. Visionary. Fueled by a desire to protect his homeland, Tecumseh (1768-1813) is remembered as one of the great military heroes of the War of 1812. On the 250th anniversary of his birth, this pure silver coin honors the life and legacy of this legendary Shawnee war chief, whose beliefs, triumphs and sacrifice are woven into the complex fabric of this nation’s history.

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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!
Designed by artist Mary McPherson, this coin presents a detail-rich portrait of Tecumseh, shown in three-quarter view. His gaze trained ahead, the visionary war leader is dressed in traditional clothing and wears the King George III peace medal around his neck. He is flanked by an American eagle on one side and a British lion on the other; this deliberate positioning reflects Tecumseh’s role in the War of 1812 as a key military ally of Upper Canada, which is further emphasized by the maple leaves above him. Between the leaves is an artistic representation of a shooting star on a rising path, for which Tecumseh was named. Trees and clouds fill the field and hint at an indigenous world view that he is part of a universal process, and had fought on behalf of all who shared the land and sky. Two scroll banners bear the engraved words CANADA and 25 DOLLAR, while the year 2018 is inscribed below.

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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Angled view of the Piedfort showing its extra thick edge compared to a standard thickness coinWhat is a Piedfort?
Hard to find and popular with collectors for more than a century, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

Often the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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Technology Note - Purity
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 one troy ounce silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
Designed by artist Mary McPherson, this coin presents a detail-rich portrait of Tecumseh, shown in three-quarter view. His gaze trained ahead, the visionary war leader is dressed in traditional clothing and wears the King George III peace medal around his neck. He is flanked by an American eagle on one side and a British lion on the other; this deliberate positioning reflects Tecumseh’s role in the War of 1812 as a key military ally of Upper Canada, which is further emphasized by the maple leaves above him. Between the leaves is an artistic representation of a shooting star on a rising path, for which Tecumseh was named. Trees and clouds fill the field and hint at an indigenous world view that he is part of a universal process, and had fought on behalf of all who shared the land and sky. Two scroll banners bear the engraved words CANADA and 25 DOLLAR, while the year 2018 is inscribed below.

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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
Each coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet, protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 25 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit    6,000
   
Finish Proof with 24-Karat Gold-Plating
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Mary McPherson
Certificate Individually Numbered




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