The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue this 2011 Buck Moon limited-edition 5-dollar coin featuring a niobium metal inset, a Royal Canadian Mint first! On this stunning coin, a young buck stands poised before a full Summer moon. Future issues will show a hunter patiently tracking his quarry, a howling wolf set against a backdrop of a full Winter moon, and a cluster of phlox blossoming before a Spring moon. Each coloring will be selectively applied to the niobium insert to enhance the season’s theme.
In North America, the First Nations tribes that comprise the Algonquin people looked to the moon to track time. They assigned a name to every full moon to reflect the seasonal activities that accompanied each cycle. Theirs was a vast territory that extended from Lake Superior to the eastern seaboard, resulting in a variety of names throughout the Algonquin community. The buck, hunter, wolf and pink full moons represent summer, autumn, winter and spring. July is the quintessential month of summer. Its full moon is known as Thunder Moon or Summer Moon, but its most common name is Buck Moon to reflect the fact that bucks in the North American wilderness are beginning to grow new antlers—a vision of elegance and strength inspired by the ever-changing cycle of life.
Each niobium core was selectively oxidized to create a unique finish—no two coins are exactly alike!