In the early 17th century, the first colonies of New France began to appear as Europeans shifted their attention away from fish that could be harvested at sea to a new source of wealth that resided on shore: fur. Fur-trading posts required permanent, fortified settlements with a variety of people to provide the skills, services and products necessary to sustain the community. When Samuel de Champlain began building his Habitation at today’s Quebec City, he knew that two critical services could be procured from one man: Louis Hébert.
Canadian artist Alan Daniel has created a stunning visual narrative of the epic task that confronted Louis Hébert as he cleared the land to establish a garden for Champlain’s Habitation. The undertaking was clearly a family affair as two of Hébert’s children are shown leaning into the pry as Hébert raises his axe to chop the roots of a tree stump. In the background, Hébert’s wife and youngest child approach with water. The location of Hébert’s land as shown in this design is based upon Champlain’s 1608 drawing of his Habitation, the fortifications of which can be seen in the distance in the coin’s design.
- Third issue in the Early Canadian History Series. Collectors of all kinds will cherish this coin on its sheer merits as a work of art that opens a privileged window on the rich cultural heritage of this great country.
- Each coin features a complex blend of multiple finishes to bring depth to the design and remarkable realism to the textural quality of various elements in the scene— a masterpiece crafted in the beauty of 99.99% pure gold.
- Limited to 1,000 coins worldwide—a highly desirable collectible for history buffs, particularly those with a fascination for New France.
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight: 15.43 g
Diameter: 29 mm
Face Value: $200
Artist: Alan Daniel
Packaging: Burgundy clamshell with black beauty box