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ORCA Mythical Realms Haida Gwaii 5 Oz Silver Coin 50$ Canada 2016


First issue in this captivating series showcasing Haida art and culture. This 5 Oz 999 Silver coin is dedicated to the Orca, stunningly enhanced with red and black enamel to re-create the distinctive artistic style of Haida formline imagery, hailed as one of the most popular art forms from the Pacific Northwest. Limited mintage 1,500 coins worldwide.

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Haida Gwaii
Haida Gwaii is a place of astounding natural beauty; a land of ancient legends where mythical beings move about in the guise of familiar animals from our three-dimensional world. This mesmerizing new coin series portrays three of the most powerful supernatural beings from the realms of water, earth and sky.

The Orca
The orca is considered the most powerful supernatural being of the undersea realm and this SGaana Jaad (Killer Whale Woman) is a noble matriarch, a fact that is revealed in the labret that adorns the lower lip of her mouth that also doubles as the orca’s blowhole.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value50 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)155.5 (5 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)65.25
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

Haida artist April White—SGaana Jaad of the Yahqu’iaanaas Raven Clan—has created a mesmerizing image of an orca leaping out of the water. Look closely and you will see a female form hidden beneath the orca “cloak.” She is using her arms and legs in the orca’s fins and tail to propel herself forward. Her shoulder is situated directly beneath the orca’s eye, and her black hair is flowing along its back, echoed in the orca’s black ribs. The ethereal essence of the scene is further enhanced by the silhouette of a full moon created by the circular outline of the design.