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Royal Canadian Mint

1/2 oz Pure Gold Coin - Early Canadian History: The Fur Trade - Mintage: 1,200 (2021)

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The fourth coin in this series presents a 99.99% pure gold portrait of the fur trade era from the perspective of the Nishiiyuu (Cree). In the fur-rich region of James Bay, the people of Eeyou Istchee (“The People’s Land”) were the skilled hunters, trappers and middlemen who supplied the coveted pelts that were brought to trading posts such as Fort Charles, where they were exchanged for imported goods – metal tools, kettles, cloth and more. Initially, Nishiiyuu and European traders mutually benefitted from this exchange of goods, but as time went on, it proved to be an agent of change. The Nishiiyuu way of subsistence living gradually gave way to a reliance on trade, which was increasingly competitive and led to escalating social problems. Seasonal movement was impeded by the necessity of travelling to the posts. And within the hunting groups that formed the basic unit of society, a new kind of leader emerged – one based on trading and communication skills rather than knowledge of the land. The fur trade shaped this country’s history but it also impacted the traditional ways of the Nishiiyuu, who were important partners and contributors to one of Canada’s earliest industries.

Own the latest chapter in our journey through early Canadian history! 

Special features:

  • FOURTH COIN IN THE SERIES! Your coin presents a captivating visual narrative of the Nishiiyuu (Cree) experience in the early days of the fur trade (1700s).
  • A HISTORY-THEMED EXCLUSIVE! This coin pays tribute to the rich history of the Nishiiyuu. And with a mintage of just 1,200 worldwide, your limited collector piece is sure tobe a spectacular addition to any gold or history-themed collection.
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE!The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.

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