Re-live the thrill of discovering gold with this one ounce $350 fine gold coin marking the 125th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. The coin is struck in .99999 fine gold with a proof finish, and a mintage of just 400 pieces. HST/GST exempt.
Following the first discovery of gold on August 16, 1896, a stampede of close to 100,000 prospectors made the arduous trip to northwestern Canada’s Yukon Territory. At the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, Dawson grew from a few hundred people in 1896 to about 30,000 by the summer of 1898. This Gold Rush coin combines the excitement of prospecting with the lasting impact the gold rush had on the native peoples of the area.
The main design features a prospector at the edge of a river feeding material into a rocker box which helped to separate gold from dirt, sand and stones. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
About the Klondike Gold Rush
Gold was discovered in mid-August 1896 by George Carmack, an American prospector, Keish (aka Skookum Jim Mason), Káa Goox (aka Dawson Charlie), and Shaaw Tlàa (Kate Carmack) — Tagish First Nation members into whose family Carmack had married. When word of the discovery reached the outside world in July 1897, it sparked an unprecedented influx of prospectors. Tens of thousands of would-be prospectors left their homes all over the world, though mainly from the United States, and headed for the Klondike.