Top Menu

$20 Fine Silver Coin – Nanaboozhoo and the Thunderbird’s Nest (2014)


A celebration of the time-honoured tradition of Aboriginal storytelling through a series of beautifully detailed coins that depict a beloved Ojibwa tale: the Legend of Nanaboozhoo.

In stock

Nanaboozhoo and the Thunderbird

Designed by Canadian artist Cyril Assiniboine, who is Ojibwa, the reverse image is an artistic depiction of the Legend of Nanaboozhoo. In the foreground, a side profile of Nanaboozhoo (facing left) shows the cultural hero in flight. He is wearing a traditional Western Ojibwa dress and in his right hand, a wooden arrow is already adorned with the feathers he has snatched from the Thunderbirds. In the background, an adult Thunderbird soars on outstretched wings as he angrily pursues Nanaboozhoo.

Special Features:
– Part of a unique new series that pays homage to the time-honoured tradition of Aboriginal storytelling. Each coin is an artistic depiction of the beloved Ojibwa Legend of Nanaboozhoo.
– Coin designed by Cyril Assiniboine, a renowned self taught Ojibwa artist and a pow wow dancer across Canada who likes to illustrate the cultural traditions of his people.
– This coin captures a pivotal scene within the story, in which the hero is pursued by angry Thunderbirds after he has taken feathers from their young.
– The rich colouring and details over engraved surface exemplify the Royal Canadian Mint’s internationally renowned artistry and craftsmanship.
– This beautiful stylized coin is a unique gift for art aficionados, collectors and appreciators of First Nations folklore.

– Encapsulated and presented in a maroon flock-lined clamshell case
– Protected by a custom beauty box and accompanied by a serialized certificate – your proof of ownership for this coin and evidence that your coin has been individually inspected by the Royal Canadian Mint’s resident quality assurance specialists.

Finished Size: 70 mm x 70 mm

Storytelling has long been a rich oral tradition for Aboriginal cultures. It is said that from the first snowfall to the first clap of thunder, elders impart history, traditions and life lessons to the younger generation through rich narratives filled with allegories and imagery. For the Aboriginal Peoples, these tales – and the messages they convey – form deep connections to who they are, how they relate to the world, their ceremonial rituals and even everyday life.

Often, these stories revolve around characters that possess physical and personality traits akin to humans, animals, plants and even the elements. For the Anishinaabe, an important cultural character is Nanaboozhoo; as a shapeshifting spirit, he teaches right from wrong through his adventures while offering lessons on how to live in harmony with the natural world.

Item Number: 130507
Face Value: $20
Mintage: 8,500
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39 (1oz)
Diameter (mm): 38
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized
Artist: Cyril Assiniboine (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

You may also like…