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Canada 1999 Tribute to Native Americans 25 Cents Quarter BU

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Celebrate the spirit and art of the American Indian with value-priced tribute to Native Americans!

For a limited time, purchase the 2005 Welcome Figure Totem Pole $30 Silver High Relief Proof and receive this 1999 Tribute to Native Americans Commemorative Quarter for FREE!

Sold out at the Mint!Before Columbus "discovered" America, before even the Vikings landed at l'Anse aux Meadows, on the northern tip of Newfoundland, Native Americans had lived hundreds of generations and established hundreds of distinct cultures in North America. These cultures showed a universal respect for the natural world in which they developed, a respect that is symbolically depicted on this unique and artistic coin.

Two Native American Totem Poles from ThunderbirdTwo Native American Totem Poles from Thunderbird Park, Victoria, British Columbia: a Gitxsan pole on th Park, British Columbia: a Gitxsan pole on the left and a Kwakwaka'wakw Pole on the rightTotems and Totem Poles
According to the beliefs of some of North America's aboriginal peoples, every person has a “totem” - an animal, plant or inanimate object with whom s/he shares special characteristics. These traits define one's personal identity within a family and clan.

Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from giant trees, where each image represents a certain totem. Along the coast of the Pacific Northwest, where tribes had easy access to the immense western red cedar, artists began carving groups of totems onto massive logs. Chiefs often commissioned totem poles to reveal the power of their families for all to see. Imagine the impression made by a 70 foot high totem pole towering overhead! Raising a totem pole was a major undertaking for a tribe that was celebrated with song, drum and dance.

When the fur traders and their iron tools arrived on the west coast, the carving of totem poles soared to new heights. This coin depicts an eagle, a bear, and a killer whale, which represent sky, earth and sea respectively. Now you can make this unique art form a significant part of your collection with this brilliant, uncirculated quarter!

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For a limited time, purchase the 2005 Welcome Figure Totem Pole $30 Silver High Relief Proof and receive this 1999 Tribute to Native Americans Commemorative Quarter for FREE! (Quarter will not appear on your web order, but will automatically be added to your order prior to shipment.)

Obverse
An eagle, a bear and a killer whale (orca) are represented in the style of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest. The month and year of issue are also indicated.

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Reverse
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.

Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 1999
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 5.05 g
Diameter 23.88 mm
Mintage Limit      31,964,487
   
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Nickel
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Jason Edward Read

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