Second Coin in the Immensely Popular Star Charts Series!
“That bear is killing all the animals and our people will starve. We must stop it,” the elders said. Three great hunters set out in pursuit of the great bear. They tracked it for many moons, across the earth and up into the sky.
The story above is the compelling First Nations legend that explains the origins of the Big Dipper, one of the most recognized formations in the night sky.
The seven stars that make up the Big Dipper are arguably one of the most recognized formations in the night sky. They are visible year-round from northern latitudes, and have inspired countless legends around the globe. Many First Nations legends describe the Big Dipper as a great bear who is hunted ceaselessly by three hunters. The first issue in this four-coin series shows the hunters answering the elders' call to stop the bear before it kills all the animals in the forest and brings starvation to the people.
A wonderful keepsake for star gazers and history buffs; anyone with a passion for Canada's rich ancestral past and its mystifying First Nations traditions and legends.
Special features• The second coin in a four-coin series. Coin #3 the Great Ascent coin ships in February, 2015; and Coin #4 the Eternal Pursuit ships in April, 2015. • A FIRST: Glow-in-the-dark technology on a silver coin!• Glows in the dark—just like stars! Turn off the lights and 7 stars depicting three hunters in pursuit of the great bear magically appear. • Will not wear out! Innovative glow-in-the-dark technology will not wear out—ever! For best effect, simply recharge the coin under a light. • Pure silver starlight! Not all the stars are colored. Four of them shine with the perfection of 99.99% pure silver to enhance the twinkling sky.
* Certified NGC PF70 First Releases
* Struck from 99.99% pure Proof Silver
* Glow-in-the-dark technology never fades
* The 2015 Star Charts: The Wounded Bear 1 oz. Silver Proof has an extremely limited mintage of only 7,500!
Western Ojibwa artist Cyril Assiniboine has created a stunning image of hunters as they head out to track the bear under a star-filled sky. The design showcases the hunters' impressive traditional Saulteaux dress, complete with imposing face paint and ceremonial shield with highly symbolic bear claw motif. In the background, the Big Dipper glows in the dark; a foreboding sign of the eternal hunt that is to come.
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