Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse design features a detailed interpretation by Royal Canadian Mint engravers, in consultation with Haida artist James Hart, of the 1882 Charles Edenshaw argillite box commissioned by Dr. Israel Wood Powell. The image centres on the central figure of the box: a lion with human hair and a humanistic nose and chin. Two human-like hands flank the face, which is encircled as though emerging from a cave. The background features flowing and organic ovoids, u-forms, and other key Haida forms as well as detailed negative space cross-hatching—all characteristic of Edenshaw’s work. The reverse is engraved with the word “CANADA” and the date “2016.”
A brief annotation
The Haida people of the Pacific Northwest are renowned for the distinctive visual language carved and painted to stunning effect on their artifacts. The Royal Canadian Mint proudly celebrates the artistry and legacy of one of the Haida’s greatest master carvers, Charles Edenshaw, with this unique large-format, high denomination coin.