Exploring Canada: The Gold Rush - 2014 Canada $15 Pure Silver Coin - Royal Canadian Mint
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What if you heard whispers of rivers flowing with gold? Would you rush into the wilderness to make your fortune; leave the security of civilization for untamed forests and perilous mountain trails?
After purchasing your mining supplies and strapping 32 kg of gear to your back, you would join thousands of others and hike for hundreds of kilometres, never quite sure when or where your journey would end.
The threat of bears and cougars would be ever-present; the weather unforgiving. Winter would freeze all activity and usher in avalanche season, yet people would push on, driven by their dreams of gold. Tent cities would spring up around promising sites and frenzied panning would begin. And if you were one of the lucky ones to find a nugget, the claims office was only a few days’ race away!
As long as there have been people on Earth, there have been explorers—pioneering individuals with one eye trained on the horizon, eager to know what lies beyond, and always ready to break a new trail towards the future. But their adventure never ends, because every destination inspires another. Exploration—that irrepressible spirit of discovery—fuels the life and passion of individuals. It drives the evolution of their community, and ultimately shapes the future of their nation.
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• Second coin in this exciting new series of 10 coins showcasing Canadian exploration and history. • A fabulous keepsake that will be cherished by history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone with a passion for Canada’s storied past. • Also available as a 10-coin subscription, which includes a FREE display box. Coins will be launched monthly from June 2014 to April 2015. • Your coin is GST/HST exempt.
Design: This coin is a beautifully detailed design of two prospectors on a quest for gold. One is crouched in the foreground panning in a riverbed while a second stands on a rocky outcrop as if surveying the land for another potential site. Also featured in the scene are the treasured mining equipments each prospector would have to purchase before heading into the wilderness. All his belongings would be contained in a single pack on his back while prospectors with the financial means could lessen their load with a pack mule.
Packaging: Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a specially designed beauty box.