This year’s commemorative $1 circulation coin highlights the 125th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. The 1896 gold discovery that started it all is depicted on the commemorative dollar, and this Special Wrap Roll gives you 25 selectively coloured versions. The reverse design is visible on one or both ends of each roll so you can easily view the red-and-white pictorial representation of Ëdhä Dädhëchą (Moosehide Slide)— an important cultural symbol seen on an iconic drum held by Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in leader Chief Isaac in historical photos. It ensures the full experience of Yukon’s gold rush the Klondike Gold Rush days will always be remain part of our collective memory.
Designed by Canadian artist Jori van der Linde, the $1 coin’s reverse features the artist’s rendition of the gold discovery that set off the Klondike Gold Rush. Under the shining sun, Keish (“Skookum” Jim Mason), Shaaw Tlàa (Kate Carmack), Kàa Goox (Dawson Charlie), all of whom were of Lingít and Tagish descent, and George Carmack can be seen panning for gold at the edge of Gàh Dek (Rabbit Creek/Bonanza Creek). A powerful symbol of cultural revitalization, the pictorial symbol for Ëdhä Dädhëchą (Moosehide Slide) is highlighted in red and white on selectively coloured coins; it appears on the opposite side of the creek, and represents the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and their deep, abiding connection to the land. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
- Mintage1 7,000 rolls of 25 coins
- Composition three-ply brass plated steel
- Finish circulation
- Weight (g) 6.99
- Diameter (mm) 26.5
- Edge plain
- Certificate n/a
- Face value 1 dollar
- Artist Jori van der Linde (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)