Royal Canadian Mint releases Louis Riel Special Edition Proof Dollar
- EFN Staff | October 28, 2019
On the 175th anniversary of Riel’s birth, the Royal Canadian Mint released its 2019 Special Edition Proof Dollar - Louis Riel: Father of Manitoba, Leader of the Métis Nation.
The coin acknowledges, honours and celebrates the unique history of the Métis Nation. It commemorates Louis Riel's place in history, is a celebration of the cultural legacy of the Métis Nation and its resilience. It’s the first Canadian legal tender featuring Riel and the first with the Michif language.
Designed by Métis artist David Garneau, the coin features a portrait of Riel wearing his fur-trimmed buckskin jacket, which is adorned with traditional floral beadwork. His Conventry sash forms one looped half of the infinity symbol. The sash bears Riel's title in three languages: Michif (NIIKAANIIW POOR LA NAASYOON LII MICHIF), English (MÉTIS NATION LEADER) and French (CHEF DE LA NATION DES MÉTIS). There is also an engraved reproduction of his signature.
“I am honoured to have participated in this coin design. It remembers and honours not just our leader, but also the resilience of the Métis people.” David Garneau, Artist
The Mint worked with President Clément Chartier of the Métis National Council, President David Chartrand of the Manitoba Metis Federation and Norman Fleury for guidance and collaboration in the tale of two nations whose histories are intertwined.
“The Royal Canadian Mint's coin pays fitting tribute to the eternal leader of the Métis Nation. Louis Riel's vision and sacrifice not only shaped the struggle of the Métis people to secure their place within the Canadian Federation but also gave birth to western Canada itself.” Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council.
The Special Edition Proof Dollar is one of the Mint’s most popular annual offerings. It is crafted from 99.99% pure silver. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. Mintage: 15,000