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STAR CHARTS The Great Ascent Silver Coin 25$ Canada 2015


Third 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 tird tissue in this four-coin series gives the account how the hunters tracked the bear across the earth, and bravely followed it into the sky. 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 track the bear to the end of the earth. The design showcases the hunters’ impressive traditional Saulteaux dress, complete with imposing face paint and weaponry. In the coin's reverse the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.