The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument, located in Ottawa’s Confederation Park, pays tribute to the military contributions that Canadian Aboriginal men and women have made throughout Canadian history. The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to release this very special 99.99% pure silver coin to honour the contribution and sacrifice of Aboriginal members of the Canadian armed forces.
The reverse design features images from the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument designed by Canadian artist Noel Lloyd Pinay. As on the statue itself, the image is crowned with a eagle, also known as the Thunderbird, its wings spread. This figure is the symbol of the Creator and the embodiment of the spirit of the Aboriginal people of Canada. Standing beneath the outspread wings of the Thunderbird are four human figures who, on the monument itself, gaze in the four directions of the compass: a First Nations man, an Inuit man, a Métis man and a First Nations woman. The four human figures are accompanied by the four animal spirit guides that stand guard at the four corners of the statue’s base: wolf, bear, elk, and bison. Each of these creatures has characteristics held in high esteem by Aboriginal warrior traditions. Those guided by the bear hope to be granted tremendous strength and healing power. Followers of the wolf value the attributes of intelligence, courage, and love of family. The elk, also known as the red deer or wapiti, is respected for its speed, sharp senses, and power in battle. The massive bison is a model of strength and stability.
– This beautifully designed coin is made of 99.99% pure silver and features images from Canadian First Nations artist Noel Lloyd Pinay’s symbolically rich sculpture.
– Commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of Aboriginal members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
– A limited mintage of 5,000 means that this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors.
Encapsulated in a maroon clamshell with standard beauty box.
Box Size: 88 mm x 88 mm