Coin "375th Anniversary of Lacrosse"

375-летие Лакросса

Name 375th Anniversary of Lacrosse
Presented by Royal Canadian Mint
Nominal value 250 dollars
Metal Silver 999,9°
Thickness 12,75
Mintage 750
Production quality Proof
Description of obverse and reverse Stunning in its refined details, this coin’s reverse image presents the scene of a First Nations lacrosse game as it may have appeared in 1636. Amidst the hills, fields, and forests of the New World, two teams of warriors rush toward one other while three players struggle over the deerskin ball, the crosier-like shape of their sticks evident in the foreground. The players’ determination to bring honour to their tribes is evident on their faces as they engage in a match that could cover vast territories and last months at a time. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The reverse image is embossed with the word “Canada” as well as the years representing the sport’s discovery by Europeans, “1636-2011.”
A brief annotation Designed to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the first documented account of a European viewing lacrosse, this coin depicts a unique feature of the Canadian identity: the Mohawk game of baggataway, called “la crosse” (after a bishop’s croisier) by Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf, who first documented the sport in 1636. To its First Nations originators, lacrosse was not just a game, but a means of training young warriors and settling disputes. In 1859, Canadian Parliament declared lacrosse “Canada’s National Game.” This designation was amended in 1994 to “Canada’s official summer sport.”
Designer Steve Hepburn
Producer Royal Canadian Mint

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