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RETURN OF TYEE Circle Of Life Silver Coin 3$ Canada 2010


The coin celebrates the Native American circle of life with this masterpiece of pure silver selectively plated in pink and yellow gold. Based on a hand carved, red cedar shield originally created by Canadian artist Jody Broomfield of the Squamish Nation, Coast Salish people,  is a visual representation of the Native American appreciation of the circle of life, by the positioning of the two salmon.

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The Tyee Salmon
No other fish embodies the history of North America’s First Nations people like the salmon. Since time immemorial, it has been an essential food source for the Northwest Coast people. It shaped their lives; a few weeks of intense work during the salmon run usually produced enough stores to meet their needs and enjoy their leisure time.
The salmon was highly symbolic as the “giver of life” and special reverence was held for the largest species, the Tyee (meaning King). Its significance to this ancient culture is unmistakable in this stunning pure silver coin that’s selectively plated in two eye-catching tones of gold.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2010
  • Face Value3 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)7.96
  • Diameter (mm)27
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)15.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The distinctive style of British Columbia’s increasingly popular art form is brought to the world of numismatics with a beautiful three-tone coin inspired by an original wood carving. Selective plating in pink and yellow gold add an unexpected and upscale touch of distinction to this intriguing coin. The coin reverse depics two Tyee salmon positioned to represent the circle of life surrounded by a decorative band.
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appears on the coin’s obverse.