The Royal Canadian Mint has created a coin made entirely of gold mined in Nunavut for the territory’s 20th anniversary this year.
The collectable coin celebrates Arctic wildlife with a depiction of a walrus, ptarmigan, polar bear, bowhead whale and narwhal framed by an outline of a maple leaf. Inuk artist Andrew Qappik, from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, crafted the design. The coin is crafted from 99.99 per cent pure gold, mined in Nunavut at the TMAC Resources’ mine at Hope Bay and by Agnico Eagle Mines’ Meadowbank mine, near Baker Lake, Nunavut.
The second coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s special Symbols of the North collectable gold coins will be released during Nunavut’s 20th anniversary this year.