Second issue in the Early Canadian History Series—beautifully crafted in 99.99% pure gold.
The story of Canada spans millennia, and this coin is the second issue in the exciting series that takes you back in time to the remarkable events and people that have made Canada the amazing place it is today.
Cabot’s voyage of 1497, and his reports of water so thick with fish that they could be scooped up by the basketful, inspired countless fishing ships to sail for the New World. They came from Portugal, France, Spain and England, and would ultimately meet with the Indigenous Peoples who were already well acquainted with the bounty that could be found off North America’s eastern shores.
The Mi’kmaq people spent their summers on the coast to fish and cultivate their fields. In winter, they moved to villages sites in the forest and hunted moose, deer and small game. Their expertise as a seafaring people was reflected in their skilfully crafted canoes which had upward-curving sides and high ends to keep out the rough seas. When European sailing ships appeared, the Mi’kmaq were quick to investigate the strange vessels and establish trading relationships with the newcomers.
Canadian artist Alan Daniel has created a stunning visual narrative of a Mi’kmaq trading party paddling to meet a Portuguese ship caught in a summer storm off the coast of present day Nova Scotia. Their canoe is filled with furs and one man is waving an animal hide to indicate their desire to trade. The Mi’kmaq’s expertise as mariners is reflected in their skilfully crafted canoe which has upward-curving sides and high ends designed to keep out the rough seas.
Only 1,000 coins worldwide—a must-have keepsake.