Posted on 04/18/2013

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Grandmother Moon Mask

Grandmother Moon Mask
I had my reservations about this coin until I saw it. I thought I'd try to show how amazing this coin is in a photo. I started collecting a few coins and sets in memory of my Father who passed away and who also had a love for coins. This coin feels really Canadian to me, good job, RCM!

Here is the info about the coin from the RCM:

To many First Nations tribes, the moon is a sacred symbol. Because it brightens the darkness and rules the tides, the moon is seen as a powerful protector, grandmother, and matron of the earth. First Nations often carved masks to express the intimate relationship between nature and people—such as the Grandmother Moon, artist Richard Cochrane’s interpretation of the moon smiling down at him and onto the earth.

Special features
• Your coin recreates the wood grain of the Red Cedar that was used to carve the actual wooden moon mask in incredible details.
• Your coin was created through a minting technique that builds the apex of the silver relief image to the extreme heights usually found only in Medallic art, where dimensional images are created through the casting processes of sculpture.
• Crafted in 99.99% fine silver and GST/HST exempt.
• Low mintage of only 6,000 coins.

The coin is a faithful reproduction of a wooden moon mask created by Aboriginal artist Richard Cochrane. It recreates the wood grain of the old-growth Red Cedar used to carve the mask, preserves the two dark growth lines and the protective ring of eight New Zealand abalone shells. (Abalone is protected in British Columbia).