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STAR CHARTS The Quest Big Dipper Silver Coin 25$ Canada 2015


First issue of the seven stars that make up the Big Dipper. They are visible year-round from northern latitudes, and have inspired countless legends around the globe. The first issue in this four-coin series shows the hunters answering the elders’ call to stop the bear before it kills all the animals in the forest and brings starvation to the people. Glows in the dark just like stars!

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Big Dipper
The Big Dipper, also known as the Plough, is an asterism of seven stars recognized as a distinct grouping in many cultures. These stars are the brightest of the formal constellation Ursa Major; six of them are second magnitude stars, while only Megrez is of third magnitude. The North Star (Polaris), the current northern pole star on Earth, can be located by extending an imaginary line from Merak through Dubhe. Polaris is part of the "Little Dipper", Ursa Minor.

The constellation of Ursa Major has been seen as a bear by many distinct civilizations. This may stem from a common oral tradition stretching back more than 13,000 years.Using statistical and phylogenetic tools, Julien d'Huy reconstructs the following Palaeolithic state of the story: "There is an animal that is a horned herbivore, especially an elk. One human pursues this ungulate. The hunt locates or get to the sky. The animal is alive when it is transformed into a constellation. It forms the Big Dipper".

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2015
  • Face Value25 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.83
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)7.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
Western Ojibwa artist Cyril Assiniboine has created a stunning image of hunters as they head out to track the bear under a star-filled sky. The design showcases the hunters’ impressive traditional Saulteaux dress, complete with imposing face paint and ceremonial shield with highly symbolic bear claw motif. In the background, the Big Dipper glows in the dark; a foreboding sign of the eternal hunt that is to come.