Last updated on September 1st, 2023 at 12:21 pm
Last Updated on September 1, 2023 Posted by Colonial Acres Coins
Celebrate the rich Indigenous heritage of Canada with National Indigenous Peoples Day! Formerly known as National Aboriginal Day, this special day was first recognized on June 21, 1996. These keepsakes are not only a fantastic way to honour important historical moments, but also a wonderful addition to any coin collection. In this article, we take a closer look at the different commemorative coins and sets available at Colonial Acres, who designed them and what makes them such a great addition to your coin collection.
Explore the Rich Heritage of Indigenous People With These 2023 Coins
Discover the beauty of Indigenous cultures and traditions with the new 2023 Canadian coins released by the Royal Canadian Mint. In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, these coins come in four different releases that showcase the rich heritage of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis art.
The releases include a keepsake card, coloured and uncoloured special wrap coin rolls, and a $20 fine silver coin. Each coin bears a similar, intricate design that pays tribute to Indigenous cultures and their rich histories. You can choose from these commemorative coins and sets:
- The Keepsake Card, which includes two of the commemorative $2 circulation coins — one with colour and one without.
- Coloured or uncoloured special wrap coin rolls which include 25 coins that feature the powerful design described in more detail below.
- 2023 National Indigenous Peoples Day 99.99% pure silver $20 coin also features the collaborative design.
Who Are The Artists Behind These Beautiful Designs?
Three artists collaborated to design the reverse of this coin, tying their unique experiences together in the same way that individual Indigenous cultures have woven together throughout Canada’s history:
- Jennine Krauchi, Red River Métis: Jennine weaves together stories that span generations, preserving the rich heritage of Métis culture with her beadwork.
- Myrna Pokiak (Agnaviak), Inuvialuit Settlement Region: Pokiak’s artwork beautifully combines traditional Inuvialuit art with contemporary influences. Through her mastery of various art forms such as photography, drawing, beading, and textile art, she expertly brings her creative visions to life. Myrna also designed a coin in 2020 for the RCM that celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Northwest Territories.
- Megan Currie, English River First Nation: Currie has embraced her Dene heritage and built a name for herself through her Indigenous-owned studio, X-ing Design. Megan’s unwavering belief in visual sovereignty serves as the compass guiding her every design endeavour.
What Each Element of the Coin Design Represents
History was made at the Mint when, for the very first time, three talented artists joined forces to develop a captivating design for a Canadian circulation coin. Drawing from their diverse backgrounds and cultures, these artists infused their unique perspectives and experiences into a masterpiece of art that seamlessly blends together.
First Nations Design Element:
The breathtaking design features Grandmother Moon, a powerful symbol of our past, present, and future. The seven phases pay tribute to the teachings of the seventh generation, while the four circles and berries symbolize the stages of life, seasons, and directions.
The forget-me-not flowers serve as a beautiful tribute to First Nations ancestors, survivors, and loved ones who have passed on. With the inclusion of butterflies, symbols of transformation and balance, this design invites us to reflect on our past and embrace the limitless potential of the future.
Inuit Design Element:
The design portion artist Myrna Pokiak (Agnaviak) created pays homage to her Inuit heritage and culture. This exquisite collection showcases remarkable symbols and elements embodying the spirit of the Inuit people. From the versatile Ulu tool to the mesmerizing Midnight Sun, witness captivating designs like the Ocean Waves and remarkable Inukshuk.
Experience the Delta Braid design paying homage to rich traditions and the iconic Tusks that bring to mind the clothing worn by the Inuvialuit and the Inupiat people of Alaska.
Metis Design Element:
In this portion of the design discover the vibrant world of the Métis people! Immerse yourself in their rich cultural heritage, fueled by a deep appreciation for music, dance, and artistic craftsmanship. Dive into their iconic fiddle music, renowned worldwide, and experience the joy it brings.
Admire the timeless beauty of the Métis sash, a symbol of their unique traditions passed down through generations. Explore the significance of the Red River cart, an emblem of their pivotal role in the buffalo hunt and fur trading industry.
Delight in the intricate five-petal flower, a cherished symbol showcased in Métis beadwork and a tribute to the prairie roses and the beauty of the prairies. And let’s not forget the Spirit Bead, a symbol of the Métis people’s deep love and respect for their history and culture.
Find Commemorative Coins and More at Colonial Acres
National Indigenous Peoples Day is an important day of celebration and remembrance in Canada. It’s wonderful to know that we can honour those rich Indigenous heritages with special coins commemorating the day. Their brilliant designs make them perfect keepsakes that will remind us all of the significance of the event for generations.
Find these special coins and explore more of our excellent selection of coins from countries around the world. Our knowledgeable staff is passionate about helping customers find specific coins and sets effortlessly. Whether you’re into modern coins, ancient coins, bullion, or unique collectibles, Colonial Acres Coins is the ultimate destination for coin collectors and investors. Check out our products online today.