The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a circulation one-dollar coin to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Klondike.
Through the new coin, the Royal Canadian Mint wants to remind Canadians that there is another side to the popular narrative of the Klondike Gold Rush – the impact on the Indigenous people who have inhabited the land for millennia.
Marie Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint said through a statement, “As this new coin circulates from coast to coast to coast, we hope that the social and environmental impacts of the Klondike discovery will become as well understood as its role developing the Yukon and transforming the Canadian economy.”
The reverse of the one-dollar circulation coin is designed by Vancouver artist Jori van der Linde. It depicts the four people credited with the discovery of gold on Rabbit Creek that started the Klondike Gold Rush in August 1896: Keish (Skookum Jim Mason), K̲áa Goox̱ (Dawson Charlie), Shaaw Tláa (Kate Carmack) and her husband, George Carmack. On a hillside appears an image representing the Moosehide Gathering place, where the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation relocated when it was displaced by the influx of gold rushers. It has become a critical symbol representing the community’s experience. The word “KLONDIKE” and the dates “1896” and “2021” also accompany the design.
The effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the coin, was designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.
Two million coloured versions – Moosehide Gathering place icon in red – and one million uncoloured versions of the coin began circulating yesterday.
FOR COIN COLLECTORS
Those who are interested can buy a collector keepsake set (mintage – 100,000) featuring both versions of the commemorative circulation coin, packaged with uncirculated versions of the classic 2021 circulation coins (5-cent to $2) for $24.95.
There are also 10,000 limited-edition special wrap rolls of coloured and uncoloured coins containing 25 uncirculated coins each, available for $79.95.
An exclusive $200 pure gold coin featuring a large-scale version of the circulation coin’s reverse design is available for $3,999.95 which is limited to 450 coins worldwide.
These collectibles may be ordered by contacting the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or online. They are also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s Ottawa and Winnipeg boutiques, as well as through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.
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