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2013 Canada $25 Grandmother Moon Mask Fine Silver (TAX Exempt)

2013 Canada $25 Grandmother Moon Mask Fine Silver (TAX Exempt)

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2013 Canada $25 Grandmother Moon Mask Fine Silver (TAX Exempt)

Historically, First Nations masks were mainly used for ceremonial purposes. The tribes felt as though these masks were representative of animals, myths and spiritual creatures. The Royal Canadian Mint has recreated the 'Grandmother Moon Mask' in ultra high relief to translate this beautiful hand carved mask into a fine silver coin.

Its reverse design is a faithful reproduction of the wooden mask that Richard Cochrane carved from a 58.4 cm (23 in) piece of old-growth Red Cedar retrieved from Stanley Park after the 2006 windstorm. Royal Canadian Mint engravers recreated the mask's wood grain and preserved the two dark growth lines as well as the protective ring of eight New Zealand abalone shells.

To Richard Cochrane and many of the First Nations tribes, the moon is indeed a sacred symbol that appears in countless First Nations traditions. This Aboriginal artist was indeed inspired to represent his interpretation of 'Grandmother Moon' smiling down at him and onto the earth. He cherished each moment of the two years that it took to create this master piece.

The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Specifications:
Item Number: 124573
Face Value: 25 dollars
Mintage: 6,000
Composition: 99.99% fine Silver
Weight (g): 30.76
Diameter (mm): 36.15
Edge: Plain
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized

Special Features:
- The engraved Moon Mask has been created with attention to detail even representing the wood grain of the Red Cedar that was used to carve the actual wooden Moon Mask.
- The ultra high relief provides an even more unique perspective onto the wonder and beauty of the art itself.
- This amazing coin was created through a minting technique that builds the apex of the silver relief image to the extreme heights usually found only in Medallic art, where dimensional images are created through the casting processes of sculpture.

Packaging:
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded maroon clamshell case lined with a black flock and protected by a black sleeve.
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