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2014 $20 Fine Silver Coin – Interconnections: Sea – Orca

$114.95

Canada’s three natural realms of land, sky, and sea mingle in a landscape of unmatched grandeur. Similarly, its people—First Nations and modern inhabitants alike—though culturally distinct – overlap within this landscape in a unique experience of shared history and nationhood. The Royal Canadian Mint proudly presents a new series of 1-ounce silver hologram coins that celebrate this interconnectedness through the stunning artwork of West Coast artist Andy Everson.

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Interconnections: Sea – Orca

Canada’s three natural realms of land, sky, and sea mingle in a landscape of unmatched grandeur. Similarly, its people—First Nations and modern inhabitants alike—though culturally distinct – overlap within this landscape in a unique experience of shared history and nationhood. The Royal Canadian Mint proudly presents a new series of 1-ounce silver hologram coins that celebrate this interconnectedness through the stunning artwork of West Coast artist Andy Everson.

Design:
The reverse image by Canadian artist Andy Everson presents the theme of “Sea”. Its central motif is an orca, stylized in the tradition of Everson’s K’ómoks and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestors. This image is framed by a circle representing the rim of the moon. Surrounding the inner circle is a stylized depiction of gently moving water—the domain of the orca, whose tides and movement lie in thrall to the power of the moon. The entire reverse is a full-colour hologram, lending movement and light to this highly symbolic image.

Special Features:
– This 1-ounce 99.99% pure silver coin is the third issue in the Royal Canadian Mint’s unique 3-coin hologram series featuring the striking artwork of celebrated Canadian artist Andy Everson.
– This series celebrates interconnections within the natural world, between Canadians and their landscape, and among Canada’s multicultural people. The third release, dedicated to the theme of “Sea”, adopts as its central motif an orca encircled by the rim of the moon and framed by the undulating shapes of the orca’s ocean home, which is inextricably linked with the moon. In keeping with the theme, each element of the design blends into the next. The coin’s hologram treatment perfectly highlights this sense of connection and transition.
– The entire reverse side of this stunning Royal Canadian Mint coin is struck as a hologram. The dynamic design uses rainbow-coloured transitional images atop duotone rays to bring motion and light to the beautifully designed reverse image.
– A K’ómoks First Nation drummer, ceremonial dancer, and artist, Andy Everson is an innovative artist whose arresting images blend traditional, modern, and even pop culture motifs.

Packaging:
Encapsulated in a maroon clamshell with black beauty box

Finished Size: 67 mm x 67 mm

The Interconnections series celebrates the relationship between Canada’s three natural realms: land, sky, and sea. This first release, dedicated to “Land,” adopts a beaver as its central motif while ingeniously incorporating Canada’s four seasons. This central motif is framed within a wreath of six maple leaves. The iconic importance of the maple leaf to Canada is well known, but this image also points specifically to the season of autumn, when maple leaves are at their most colourful. Arranged in a six-point pattern, the leaves also become a winter snowflake. Nestled between the leaves are six stylized raindrops, celebrating spring. Finally, rays of sunlight emanate from the image, symbolizing summer. Like the seasons themselves, each element of the design blends into the next. The design’s hologram treatment augments this sense of connection and transition.

A nod to Canada’s pragmatic, hard-working people, the beaver is one of Canada’s oldest symbols as well as a key figure in First Nations mythologies. Canada’s exploration and settlement by Europeans was also deeply influenced by this unique animal, who drew the earliest fur traders to Canada’s eastern shores.

It is highly fitting that an artist representative of the traditional guardians of Vancouver Island’s eastern “Land of Plenty” would design a series celebrating the connection between land, sea, air, and the people whose lives overlap within this environment. Andy (Na̱gedzi) Everson is a member of British Columbia’s K’ómoks First Nation. Through dance, drumming, and art, Everson honours the traditions of his K’ómoks and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestors. He has travelled internationally as a ceremonial dancer, sharing First Nations traditions. It was through ceremonial dance that Everson began his first serious forays into art, designing pieces for potlatches. Today, he is known for his bold, eye-catching, and thought-provoking designs that often meld traditional motifs with references from popular culture.

Item Number: 1334343
Face Value: $20
Mintage: 7,500
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39 (1oz)
Diameter (mm): 38
Edge: Serrated
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized
Artist: Andy Everson (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)