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The Coat of Arms for the Northwest Territories was granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. It portrays the Territories as they existed before the establishment of Nunavut in 1999 which claimed sixty percent of its land, particularly those regions extending far into the Arctic. Although the Magnetic North Pole is located in Nunavut, the compass rose at the top of this Coat of Arms represents that important navigational pointer with a gold narwhal on each side standing upright on a wreath in red and white, Canada's national colours. The shield beneath the narwhals illustrates the Territories' northern geography. The horizontal section across the top symbolizes the white polar ice cap with a wavy blue line running through its centre to depict the Northwest Passage. The lower portion of the shield is divided diagonally by another wavy line representing the tree line with the boreal forest in the green area below and the northern tundra in the red area above. The gold billets (left) and the arctic fox (right) symbolize the wealth of natural resources that played a major role in the early exploration and development of the Territories and continue to be a significant source of economic prosperity.
The Coat of Arms of the Northwest Territories does not include any royal symbols (i.e. a royal crown), nor does it feature a motto. This is a rare distinction shared only with the Territory Arms of the Yukon.
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• Your coin is the 12th issue in this bi-annual series.
• Every detail of the Territorial Coat of Arms of Northwest Territories faithfully reproduced in 14 karat gold.
• A unique and upscale keepsake that embodies the pride of the Northwest Territories—an important part of Canadian history and heritage.
• Your coin is a beautiful gift and sparkling addition to any collection that celebrates Canada, the Canadian North, First Nations and Inuit heritage.
Your coin includes an exceptional reproduction of the Coat of Arms of the Northwest Territories by Royal Canadian Mint engravers.
Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell case lined with black flock.
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