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2022 Canada $350 Klondike Gold Rush: Prospecting for Gold Pure Gold (No Tax)

2022 Canada $350 Klondike Gold Rush: Prospecting for Gold Pure Gold (No Tax)

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2022 Canada $350 Klondike Gold Rush: Prospecting for Gold Pure Gold (No Tax)

Five nines! Made from the highest standard of pure gold—more pure than any Klondike gold nugget—this 1 oz. numismatic treasure shares the same design as its 1 oz. gold bullion counterpart, but in a luminous proof finish. Its engraved depiction of a prospector using a rocker box hints at the journey from raw gold to coins—specifically, those issued by Canada’s mint, whose creation was accelerated by the events in the Yukon. This is the popular image of the Klondike, though not everyone benefitted from those boom days: many failed to strike it rich, and with the sudden influx of gold rushers came a series of sweeping changes that proved devastating to northern Indigenous communities and environments, leaving a complicated legacy that still reverberates today.

You’ll never find a naturally formed 100% pure gold nugget. Most fall somewhere between 70% to 95% pure gold, while the remainder consists of other alloys, such as copper, nickel and/or silver. This varies depending on the geographic location, and natural variations in gold purity can occur even within the same deposit or vein.

The prospector’s pan was the simplest way of collecting Klondike gold, but most of the placer gold deposits lay buried near the bedrock. To reach these, prospectors needed to tunnel horizontally—a process known as drift mining. Miners used this method in the winter, when the ground was too frozen to collapse, and the “paydirt” would be piled up until the gold could be separated from the gravel in the spring. Shown here, the rocker box was favoured for one-man operations: water was poured into the top and a rocking movement helped separate the gravel from the gold, which was caught by riffles that lined the bottom of the box.

Designed by Canadian artist Steve Hepburn, your coin’s reverse takes us back in time for an idealized view of the Klondike Gold Rush experience from a prospector’s perspective. Standing at the edge of a stream, a prospector is seen pouring water from a ladle (“dipper”) into the top of a rocker box (“cradle”), which would then be rocked from side-to-side to separate gold from the sand and gravel. The water pouring out of the box gradually takes on the appearance of molten metal to represent the journey from raw material to refined precious metal, and ultimately, to the pure gold coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, represented by the Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin’s design. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Item Number: 204167
Mintage: 400
Composition: 99.999% pure gold
Weight*: 31.16 g
Diameter: 34 mm
Face Value: $350
Finish: Proof
Edge: Serrated
Artist: Steve Hepburn (reverse), Susannah Blunt (obverse)

Special Features:
• 'Five Nines' Fever! Step back in time with this Klondike Gold Rush coin crafted in 99.999% (“five nines”) pure gold, which makes it one of the purest gold coins in the world.
• A rarity in 2022! The Royal Canadian Mint is the only mint that regularly issues 99.999% pure gold coins, and this Klondike-themed showpiece is our only “five nines” numismatic offering in 2022.
• A snapshot of the past! The gold coin’s reverse features one of the scenes that helped shaped the popular image of Yukon as a mining frontier. Although its legacy is complicated, the Klondike Gold Rush was an important chapter in this nation’s history because it incorporated the north into the Canadian nation and put Canada on the map as a leading gold producer.
• A richly detailed design! ! If the reverse design seems familiar, you’ve likely seen it on the 1 oz. bullion coin, 2022 Canada $200 Klondike Gold Rush: Prospecting for Gold 1oz. 99.999% Pure Gold Coin This collector coin shares the same design, but in a mirror-like proof finish that amplifies the rich gleam of 99.999% pure gold.
• An exclusive piece! Only 400 are available worldwide. Order yours today!

The coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box.

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