Friday, February 16, 2007

2007 Proof Set Canadian Silver Dollar

The Royal Canadian Mint has just issued the 2007 Proof Set Canadian Silver Dollar. This striking coin is in celebration of Thayendanegea .

According to the Royal Canadian Mint, Thayendanegea was born in Ohio during a tumultuous era that defined North America, Thayendanegea's life was greatly influenced by an alliance with the British. Thayendanegea was given the Christian name of Joseph Brant and received an English education.

Brant fought his first battle with the British when he was just a teenager. But this young warrior was also a visionary. Brant clearly understood that Native people faced inevitable change and united various nations to protect their interests.

As war chief of the Six Nations and a British military captain, Brant was respected by both sides. And when the American War of Independence ended (1783), he acted as statesman and negotiated land for the Six Nations people.

They settled in the Grand River Valley (Ontario) where Brant played a key role in their economic, political and religious lives, bringing a school, as well as a saw and grist mill to the community. Yet, despite this seemingly British way of life, Brant's vision of Native sovereignty persisted.

Thayendanegea was equally at ease with a tea cup or a tomahawk. He adopted a new culture without dishonoring his Native roots. Through his voice and his actions, Brant shaped much of Native Canada a truth that echoes throughout southwestern Ontario and in the town that bears his name.

The specifications of this very nice coin are:

Mintage: 60,000
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized
Artist: Adapted from an original artwork by Laurie McGaw*

Proof Dollar*:
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper with selective gold plating
Weight (g): 25.175
Diameter (mm): 36.07
Edge: Reeded

2 dollars:
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper, gold plated inner core
Weight (g): 8.83
Diameter (mm): 28.0
Edge: Interrupted serrations

1 dollar:
Composition: Nickel electroplated with bronze
Weight (g): 7.0

The 2007 Proof Set Canadian Silver Dollar would form a very nice addition to any coin collectors set.

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