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Fine Silver Glow-in-the-Dark 4-Coin Subscription - Star Charts - Mintage: 7,500 (2015)

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Fine Silver Glow-in-the-Dark 4-Coin Subscription - Star Charts - Mintage: 7,500 (2015)

 
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$104.95 CAD
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A FIRST: All four boxes when viewed in the dark make up the big dipper! Subscribe today!

“That bear is killing all the animals and our people will starve. We must stop it,” the elders said. Three great hunters set out in pursuit of the great bear. They tracked it for many moons, across the earth and up into the sky.

The story above is the compelling First Nations legend that explains the origins of the Big Dipper, one of the most recognized formations in the night sky.

The seven stars that make up the Big Dipper are arguably one of the most recognized formations in the night sky. They are visible year-round from northern latitudes, and have inspired countless legends around the globe. Many First Nations legends describe the Big Dipper as a great bear who is hunted ceaselessly by three hunters. The first issue in this four-coin series shows the hunters answering the elders' call to stop the bear before it kills all the animals in the forest and brings starvation to the people.

A wonderful keepsake for star gazers and history buffs; anyone with a passion for Canada's rich ancestral past and its mystifying First Nations traditions and legends.

Subscribe today!

Special features:
•  The first coin in your subscription is the Quest! Each coin ships September, November, February and April.
•  First coin in your subscription is The Quest that ships in September, 2014; the Wounded Bear coin ships in November, 2014; the Great Ascent coin ships in February, 2015; and the Eternal Pursuit ships in April, 2015. All coins priced at $104.95 each (NO GST/HST!*).
•  A FIRST! And, all four boxes in the series when viewed in the dark make up the big dipper! Make sure you subscribe and receive all four coins and their packaging in the series!
•  A FIRST: Glow-in-the-dark technology on a silver coin!
•  Glows in the dark—just like stars! Turn off the lights and 7 stars depicting three hunters in pursuit of the great bear magically appear.
•  Will not wear out! Innovative glow-in-the-dark technology will not wear out—ever! For best effect, simply recharge the coin under a light.
•  Mesmerizing colour brings the richness of First Nations traditions to life. It's easy to imagine the powerful scene that played out as brave members of the Plains Ojibwa band set out to hunt the bear under a star-filled sky.
•  Pure silver starlight! Not all the stars are coloured. Four of them shine with the perfection of 99.99% pure silver to enhance the twinkling sky.
•  GST/HST exempt!

Design of the first coin in your subscription:
Western Ojibwa artist Cyril Assiniboine has created a stunning image of hunters as they head out to track the bear under a star-filled sky. The design showcases the hunters' impressive traditional Saulteaux dress, complete with imposing face paint and ceremonial shield with highly symbolic bear claw motif. In the background, the Big Dipper glows in the dark; a foreboding sign of the eternal hunt that is to come.

Packaging:
Your coins are encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a custom beauty box that glows in the dark!

Order your subscription today!

* Shipping and handling charges will apply to the collector case and individual coins. Subscription by credit card only. Your credit card will be charged as each coin is shipped. Subscription price for individual coins is subject to change.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

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    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (15)
  • Unique (15)
  • Great quality (12)
  • One of A kind (12)
  • Good value (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (9)
  • Special occasion (7)
  • Holiday gift (6)
  • Gift for child (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality driven (11), Budget shopper (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

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5.0

THE ONLY PHILOSOPHICAL SERIES OF COINS

By the writer

from TULSA, OK USA

About Me A Philosopher, The Writer

Pros

  • The Sky's Changes

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Philosophical Rumination

    Each coin has been different but with enough features shared with other coins to make the series a real series of coins. Not just the Native Canadian Indians pictured but the sky and the constellation in its different aspects as the seasons change. This demonstrates how nature remains the same but changes as we observe it over time, eventually returning to its beginning after it has reach its end. It is the supreme metaphor for existence: being born, growing thru life, then dying but only to rise again in a "reincarnation" of our first birth. What other coin or series has used existentialism as its thematic basis? These coins allow every one of us to become an astronomer while we view them, reproducing the awe inspiring view of the dark sky filled with the brilliant points of light that traveled for millions of years to reach us today. The coins existential theme, taken from the teaching wrought by starlight each night we see it, makes the coins uniquely a religious experience.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mint hits another out-of-the-park.

    By IANSPLANET

    from TULSA, OK USA

    About Me Quality Driven, Tired Of Us Mint, Us Mint's No Creativity

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Become A Closet Habitue
    • Good Value
    • Great Quality
    • One Of A Kind
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift For Adult
      • Holiday Gift
      • Special Occasion
      • Wedding/Anniversary Gift

      The Canadian Mint never cease to amaze one. This series of coins, culminating with this stunning coin, is a must have series. I am so glad that I subscribed to it last summer. I have looked for every other month to the next release. I am sorry they made only four (total 28,0000) of these coins, meaning I wish they had made eight or twelve. Yes, one every month showing how the Big Dipper changes its orientation during the year would have been great. ONE mint thought it made hay with the domed HOF baseball coin, but domed coins have been made in Australia, inter alia, so the design was not ground breaking. And nothing on it was as creative as the glowing stars that make me want to live in my closet just to see them. This is a winner. Glad I won.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Mix of Innovation and Tradition

      By Bonzodog

      from Hilton Head, South Carolina

      About Me Appreciates Cultures, Art lover, Coin Enthusiest, History Culture Lover, History Major

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Good Value
      • Great Concept
      • Great Quality
      • One Of A Kind
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift For Adult
        • Gift For Child
        • Holiday Gift
        • Special Occasion

        Love the concept of bringing native tribal culture to life and combining it with astronomical features. The design execution is fantastic and should facinate young and old alike. Wish a display box was availble to show these coins off.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Beautiful print !

        By Coin lover

        from BC

        About Me Quality Driven

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • Poor Personalization

          Best Uses

            I received this coin today and am very disappointed. It is another coin by the Mint that has a beautiful print on a flat surface ! No matter how colourful is the print, it just a print !!! The coin just lack the characteristic of a coin should have; that is the beauty of the sculptural details which shows the depth of the artwork. Another easy money making product from the Mint !!! I just have not commented on the previous ones.
            I also hate the enclosure casing, which cannot be opened without damaging the coin itself. I have been challenged by another collector from aboard on how can I proof what is actually inside when I try to trade coins with him. Is it that the Mint does not want us to know !!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A nice addition with a cultural story

            By Bob

            from Allegheny Cty, Pa

            About Me Quality Driven

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Too Small

            Best Uses

              A nice designed silver coin that will make a great series. The native-American legend behind this new series adds to it's collectability. It tells a unique cultural story with superb artwork. The design artist,Cyril Assiniboine has shown again that he seems to always capture the feeling in the story/scene. The photoluminescent technology is a plus but, even without it, I would have purchased this coin regardless.
              Note: several minutes under direct sunlight seems to work best for the "glow-in-the-dark" feature. Again, I wish RCM would start putting these nicely designed coins on larger surfaces, like a 50mm carrying a 1.5 to 2 ounces weight.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Quite a show

              By BAC SI CHOI OY

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Bargain Hunter, Magpie, Quality Driven

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Great Quality
              • One Of A Kind
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift For Adult
                • Gift For Child
                • Holiday Gift
                • Special Occasion

                Just received the second coin--- only two words to describe this collection so far; SPECTACULAR, AWESOME.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                By far the best of the year.

                By Axl

                from U.S.

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Good Value
                • Great Quality
                • One Of A Kind
                • Unique

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  By far the most unique coins of the year. The combination of beautiful artwork, glow-in-the-dark on silver,story telling and packaging make it a one of a kind must have.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wanda

                  By Eileen

                  from Burgesville Ontario

                  About Me Quality Driven

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Good Value
                  • One Of A Kind
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Special Occasion

                    Love the unique design, that the stars glow, represents our First Nations and has a Indian tale to each coin
                    Quality and good price for value of coin

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Possibly the best coin I have seen.

                    By Milhouse VanHouten

                    from Toronto

                    About Me Bargain Hunter, Quality Driven

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Great Quality
                    • One Of A Kind
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        I admit I am more of a bullion guy, but this coin seemed too good.. Great backtory to the art, and the coin has rich colour and great detail. The glow needs a good charge of light, but when the lights were turned out, its amazing. It really does look like the night sky. Probably one of the few instances where the photos (at least of the night scene) do not do justice to the real thing.

                        I ordered two and was kind of stressed i wouldn't like them as I usually can't justify these prices when I know what the metal is worth, but absolutely no regrets about these or the entire subscription, assuming the same quality is there. Definitely justifying more than the metal content here. These are art.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        glow in the dark feature

                        By the writer.

                        from Tulsa, OK USA

                        About Me Quality Driven

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • A Little Tricky

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Any Reason You Want

                          One reviewer was "disappointed" in the glow-in-the-dark feature of the coin.
                          So was I until I exposed the coin on my window sill to direct sunlight for several hours. Then I opened it again inside my darkroom and the stars just popped off the coin. The sky, as another reviewer noted, has a background glow that is a natural aspect of some skies. I had been puzzled by the lack of brilliance of the stars until I had the idea to expose the coin to the strong rays of the sun during the afternoon. This immediately made the star design prominent when viewed in a very dark room. Try this and I'll bet your disappointment will turn to awe.

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                          • No.142837
                          • Mintage7500
                          • Composition99.99% pure silver
                          • Finishproof
                          • Weight (g) 31.83
                          • Diameter (mm) 40
                          • Edgeserrated
                          • Certificateserialized
                          • Face value25 dollars
                          • ArtistCyril Assiniboine (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)