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1 oz. Pure Silver Gold Plated Piedfort - 250th Anniversary of Tecumseh's Birth - Mintage: 6,000 (2018)

1 oz. Pure Silver Gold Plated Piedfort - 250th Anniversary of Tecumseh's Birth - Mintage: 6,000 (2018)

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$129.95 CAD
Mintage: 6,000
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Your coin honours the life and legacy of a legendary Shawnee war leader. Order today.

History remembers Tecumseh (1768-1813) as one of the great military heroes of the War of 1812. This legendary Shawnee war leader allied himself with the British and heroically led hundreds of First Nations warriors into battle at such places as Fort Meigs and most famously, Detroit. Above all else, Tecumseh was dedicated to the idea of a vast First Nations confederacy and an independent homeland for his people—a dream that was shattered by his death at the Battle of the Thames in 1813. your piedfort coin commemorates the 250th anniversary of Tecumseh’s birth with a detail-rich portrait of the famous Shawnee war leader. The engraved reverse brings together a number of symbolic elements that allude to his role in the War of 1812 and ultimately, his contributions to the complex history our nation.

Your piedfort coin reflects on the legacy of Tecumseh, one of the great military heroes of the War of 1812. Order today.

Special features:
  • HISTORY AND TRADITION: Your pure silver piedfort coin commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tecumseh—a key figure in the War of 1812, and ultimately in Canadian history.
  • A PORTRAIT OF A LEADER: Since there are no official portraits extant of this famous leader, ours is based on extensive research to present the most historically accurate representation possible.
  • SYMBOLIC IMAGERY: Illuminated by the mirror-like shine of a beautiful proof finish, your engraved coin includes a number of highly symbolic elements that allude to Tecumseh’s enduring legacy.
  • WORLD-CLASS CRAFTSMANSHIP: Each coin is crafted in 99.99% pure silver and precisely struck to ensure a crisp impression that makes this a work of art—one that easily fits in the palm of your hand.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • 1 OZ. PURE SILVER: Your coin is crafted from one ounce 99.99% pure silver!
  • LOW WORLDWIDE MINTAGE: Only 6,000 coins will be made available worldwide.
  • NO GST/HST!

Design:

Designed by artist Mary McPherson, your coin presents a detail-rich portrait of Tecumseh, shown in three-quarter view. His gaze trained ahead, the visionary war leader is dressed in traditional clothing and wears the King George III medal around his neck. He is flanked by an American eagle on one side and a British lion on the other; this deliberate positioning reflects Tecumseh’s role in the War of 1812 as a key military ally of Upper Canada, which is further emphasized by the maple leaves above him. Between the leaves is an artistic representation of a shooting star on a rising path, for which Tecumseh was named. Trees and clouds fill the field and hint at an indigenous worldview that he is part of a universal process, and had fought on behalf of all who shared the land and sky. Two scroll banners bear the engraved words “CANADA” and “25 DOLLAR”, while the year “2018” is inscribed below. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…
  • Born in 1768, Tecumseh was a member of the Kispoko division of the Shawnees that focused on war. His name refers to the rising path of a shooting star, like a panther leaping across the sky.
  • While the spiritual teachings of his brother Tenskwatawa (the Prophet) warned of the dangers of abandoning ancestral ways, Tecumseh’s message was one of cross-cultural unity: he championed the establishment of a First Nations confederacy—one he hoped would stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes—as the best line of defence to repel American expansion in the west.
  • Tecumseh’s first visit to Canada (Upper Canada) was in 1808, when he arrived at Fort Malden (Amherstburg, Ont.). While initially distrustful of the British, the Americans aroused Tecumseh’s fury with the Treaty of Fort Wayne in 1810 and an attack on his settlement at Prophetstown (the Battle of Tippecanoe) in 1811.
  • Thousands of First Nations warriors sided with the British during the War of 1812 and played a key role in defending Upper and Lower Canada against invading forces.
  • Tecumseh was offered the rank of Brigadier-General in the British Army. He would lead over 2,000 warriors into four major battles: the Siege of Detroit, Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson, and the Battle of the Thames.
  • As evidence of their mutual respect, Sir Isaac Brock gave Tecumseh the red sash from his uniform while Tecumseh gave the British commander his beaded belt. Brock was wearing Tecumseh’s belt when he was shot during the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13, 1812. Tecumseh was killed in the Battle of the Thames (near Thamesville, Ont.) in October 1813.

Packaging:

Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

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Specifications

  • No.166404
  • Mintage6,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 31.39
  • Diameter (mm) 34
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value25 dollars
  • ArtistMary McPherson (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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