Canada 25-CENTS Arctic Expedition (KM A1547-1) Bowhead & Beluga Whales
In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint released two new quarter designs (each with two types) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913-1916 Canadian Arctic Expedition (CAE).
Life in the North Design:
Designed by renowned Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak, this coin includes a beautifully detailed design that combines animal and human imagery. A traditional whaling boat and three kayaks wrap around the image along the rim to depict a traditional bowhead whale hunt. Two beluga whales swim alongside a bowhead whale – animals that have long been a source of inspiration to the artist. The bowhead is adorned with several elements drawn from the Inuit culture. To honour the Tuniit people who first crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia, Dorset ivory masks adorn the bowhead’s lower jaw and its back. A Thule ivory comb lies across the top of the whale’s head, representing the Inuit expansion across Canada. The pattern on the whale’s side mimics the walls of an igloo, while the amauti design that graces the whale’s tale symbolizes the clothing worn by Inuit women.
(Type 1 - frosted finish on body and tail of the bowhead whale.)
- Diameter: 23.8 mm
- Composition: Nickel-clad Steel
- CAT#: KM-A1547 Type 1