2018 $20 pure gold coin with exclusively Nunavut sourced gold. (Image: Royal Canadian Mint)
OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the first collectible coin crafted entirely of gold from Nunavut. The 0.1-oz. coin was designed by Inuk artist Andrew Qappik and highlights images of the north – the walrus, ptarmigan, polar bear, bowhead whale and narwhal, all framed within the outline of a maple leaf.
The coin is made from 9999 pure gold from the Hope Bay gold mine of TMAC Resources and Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank mine.
The Mint struck the coin on blanks that are thinner and wider than usual. The extra width creates a larger space for the design.
The coin is available in a limited mintage of 1,500 and retails for $359. Order online at www.Mint.ca or call 800-267-1871 from Canada or 800-268-6468 from the United States.