2009 Canada 5 Dollar All-Proof Silver Thunderbird with Olympic Privy Mark


The2010 Winter Olympic (the XXI Olympic Winter Games) was held from February 12 toFebruary 28, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (with some events held in Whistler, British Columbia). The 2010 Winter Olympics was the third Olympics hosted by Canada, and the first by the province of British Columbia. Previously, Canada was host to the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. This was also the first winter games to be held in a National Hockey League (NHL) market since the league started allowing its professional hockey players to participate in 1998.

To commemorate this spectacular event, the Royal Canadian Mint struck this special Silver Maple Leaf coin of one ounce, pure silver bullion. In a tribute to the first inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest, this pure silver coin bears the image of the Thunderbird, cleverly formed to approximate the shape of a Canadian maple leaf. The Thunderbird motif was designed by Native American artist Rick Harry (Xwa Lack Tun).

Obverse: Elizabeth II with Inukshuk symbol, the spirit of the winter games

Reverse: Features a native American Thunderbird totem and eleven maple leaves swirling in the breeze generated by its wings

Year: 2009
Value: 5 dollars
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