In August 1896, Keish (Skookum Jim Mason), his nephew Kàa Goox (Dawson Charlie), Shaaw Tlàa (Kate Carmack), and her husband, George Carmack, discovered gold nuggets in Rabbit (Bonanza) Creek, in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This amazing find sparked a three‐year stampede of prospectors seeking riches in the far northern wilderness. The mining boom it produced put Canada on the map as a leading gold producer.
The Mint’s newest gold bullion coins inaugurate a new series dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the famous Klondike gold rush.
The reverse of the 1 oz Klondike Gold Rush: Panning for Gold coin features the artwork of accomplished coin designer Steve Hepburn. His illustration of a miner’s hands holding a gold pan is one of the most enduring symbols of the Gold Rush. The gravel inside the pan and the water shimmering within it as the material is rinsed to reveal precious gold flecks are engraved in exquisite detail.
The coin also features two sugar maple (Acer saccharum) leaves that represent Canada. Along with the double dates (1896 and 2021), which commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush and the date of issue, each coin includes a gold pan privy mark that symbolizes the 1896 gold discovery on Bonanza Creek. The gold pan on the coin is topped with a genuine Canadian gold grain from the Royal Canadian Mint’s refinery.