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Canada 1999 Agriculture Trade / Farmers with Horse Cart 25 Cents Haystack Quarter BU

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Celebrate the pioneer spirit with this handsome and value-priced tribute to farmers!

For a limited time, purchase the 2008 Agriculture Trade $20 Pure Silver Proof and receive this 1999 Agriculture Trade Commemorative Quarter for FREE!

Sold out at the Mint! For as long as humans have walked the earth, they have drawn their sustenance from the land. The agriculture trade can trace its earliest beginnings to the first crude attempts of early hunters and gatherers to grow wild plants from seeds that they saved over the winter. As agriculture continued to developed, the need for more space to plant these reliable food sources continued to lure people to new lands.

Could this haystack BE any bigger?The Backbone of Our Nation
When the first immigrants arrived in North America over four hundred years ago, they faced the challenge of adapting European farming methods to this vast, unknown land. As settlements spread from east to west, the changing climate and geography produced markedly different agricultural practices across the continent. Still, regardless of crop or locale, every farm had the same basic need - power.

Horses emerged as the critical source of power, so the services required to breed, equip and maintain them became an essential part of the farm communities that dotted the landscape. Horses remained a key necessity well into the 1920s. Without them, farms would have been unable to produce the volume needed to feed the masses and generate income. In just a few generations, the first seeds sown by the pioneers had yielded of one of North America's defining industries.

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Agriculture_Trade.jpgThe old aphorism, "although he works from dawn to dusk, a farmer's work is never done" has proven true into the 21st century. It's hard to think of a trade that demands more consistent, tedious labor than agriculture, which provides all of the thousands of food items we find at our local grocery on a daily basis. It's for good reasons that the Great Plains and the Prairie are known as the "breadbasket of the world". We owe this bounty (and a large part of our world-leading standard of living) to the selfless, hard-working North American farmer.

In addition to this brilliant uncirculated commemorative quarter, Canada has also issued both a silver proof and a gold proof that pay homage to the hardworking farmers of America.

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For a limited time, purchase the 2008 Agriculture Trade $20 Pure Silver Proof and receive this 1999 Agriculture Trade Commemorative Quarter for FREE! (Quarter will not appear on your web order, but will automatically be added to your order prior to shipment.)

A finely engraved depiction of a 19th century pioneer farmer and his wife loading a horse-drawn wagon after harvesting the hay on the prairie. The month and year of issue are also indicated.

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Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in a crowned profile facing right. This portrait, the third effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Dora de Pédery-Hunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

Country Canada
Year of Issue      1999
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 5.05 g
Diameter 23.88 mm
Mintage    17,621,561
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Nickel
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Alzira Botelho

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