INUKSHUK Guiding The Way 1 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2018

INUKSHUK Guiding The Way 1 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2018

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Canadians wishing to leave a positive mark upon the landscape often turn to a great Arctic emblem, the inukshuk, whose open arms makes it a beautiful representation of Canada’s northern spirit. This reverse gold-plated coin celebrates a revered cultural icon that carries special meaning for the Inuit, and is cherished by all Canadians coast to coast to coast.

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An inuksuk (plural inuksuit) is a human-made stone landmark or cairn used by the Inuit, Iñupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. These structures are found from Alaska,  United States to Greenland. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra biome and has areas with few natural landmarks. The inuksuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds, places of veneration, drift fences used in hunting or to mark a food cache. The Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou into contained areas for slaughter. Varying in shape and size, the inuksuit have ancient roots in Inuit culture. Historically, the most common types of inuksuk are built with stone placed upon stone, and the simplest type of which is a single stone positioned in an upright manner. There is some debate as to whether the appearance of human- or cross-shaped cairns developed in the Inuit culture before the arrival of European missionaries and explorers. The size of some inuksuit suggest that the construction was often a communal effort. At Enukso Point on Baffin Island, there are over 100 inuksuit. The site was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1969.

The reverse design by Tony Bianco captures both the practical and spiritual essence of a symbol of “the True North, strong and free”. Reverse gold plating fills the field and gives the coin its rich, golden hue, while precision engraving re-creates the rocky northern landscape. At the centre, an Inuit stone marker rises up from a mound; the silver surface of the coin adds extra shine to this human-like landmark, which carries special significance as a communication tool and a hunting and navigational aid for the Inuit. Built from stacked stones of different sizes, this inukshuk stands like the guardian of its northern lands, its open arms pointing the way to the north as the stylized aurora borealis dances overhead. All around the reverse, the inscriptions: “CANADA” – the issuing country, “2018” – the year of issue and “20 DOLLARS” – the face value. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen and “D·G·REGINA” – Dei Gratia Regina.

Year of Issue
20 Dollars
Mintage (pcs)
Weight (g)
1 oz
Diameter (mm)
38 mm
Certificate of Authenticity Yes 
Package type  Box
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