One of the most powerful spirits in Northwest Coast mythology, the Thunderbird holds a special place of honour on this 99.99% pure silver coin. Beautifully engraved in ultra high relief, the Thunderbird seemingly emerges from the reverse, where a selective touch of colour reflects the expressive art style of the Kwakwakawakw. A legendary mythological creature, the Thunderbird is a supernatural force of nature in this reverse design by Northwest Coast artist Andy Everson. Ultra high relief engraving mimics the deeply sculpted nature of traditional Kwakwakawakw carvings, and gives the Thunderbird the appearance of emerging from the coins silver surface. It is said that with every blink, the Thunderbird sends lightning bolts flashing across the sky, and every beat of its wings emits tremendous thunderclaps; in keeping with the expressive art style of the Kwakwakawakw, a selective application of colours add to the visual storytelling by drawing attention to the Thunderbirds features and heightening the dramatic intensity of the lightning bolts. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. CELEBRATION OF INDIGENOUS ART AND CULTURE: A beautifully sculpted tribute to the cultural traditions of Northwest Coast First Nations. ULTRA HIGH RELIEF ENGRAVING: Like a piece of sculptural or medallic art, each coin has been struck multiple times to give the image a raised, embossed-like appearance that is rich in detail. A DYNAMIC DESIGN: The mythological figure has been carefully sculpted to infuse the design with a sense of movement as the Thunderbird seemingly emerges from the coins reverse. TRADITIONAL COLOURS: A selective application of colours highlights the engraved formlines that are characteristic of Northwest Coast art, while the choice of these colours red, black, blue, orange and yellow keep the expressive art style of the Kwakwakawakw. CRAFTED FROM 99.99% PURE SILVER: Given its theme and high visual appeal, this ultra-high relief coin is sure to be a prized addition to any collection, a matchless gift for any art or history enthusiasts, or a treasured keepsake for all who share an interest in Indigenous culture and art. Composition: 99.99% fine silver. Weight (g): 30.76. Diameter (mm): 36.15. Packaging: Standard maroon clamshell with black beauty box. Finished size: 67 mm x 67 mm. LAUNCH DATE: April 3, 2018. ADVERTISING DATE: April 3, 2018. The item “2018’Thunderbird’ Ultra High Relief Color Prf $25 Fine Silver 1oz. Coin(18434)” is in sale since Tuesday, April 3, 2018. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Canada\Commemorative”. The seller is “gatewestcoins” and is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This item can be shipped to Canada, United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada