Canadian Inuit art was honoured in the form of a new gold coin put out by the Royal Canadian Mint on Tuesday.
The Mint unveiled the coin at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, who has been focusing on Inuit art in recent months with a series of exhibits and symposiums.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to celebrate Canada’s history, culture and values with special collector coins,” said Ian E. Bennett, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “This gold coin honours Canadian Inuit art through an intricate design inspired by the original carving of Inuit artist Joannassie Nowkawalk, Owl Shaman holding Goose, part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s world-class contemporary Inuit art collection.”
Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge joined the WAG’s executive director, Stephen Borys, and Bonnie Staples-Lyon, director of the Mint’s board of directors, for the unveiling this morning.
A total of 10,000 coins will be made and cost $129.95 through the Mint. Collectors can order online at Mint.ca, or by calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada and 1-800-268-6468 in the U.S.
Updated at 12:45 p.m.