Reverse: A Native American Thunderbird totem, eleven maple leaves swirl in the breeze generated by its wings. The legends FINE GOLD 1 OZ and 9999 guarantee the weight and purity.
obverse: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. To the left is the official logo of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, with the Olympic rings and the legend VANCOUVER 2010.The date, denomination and the legend ELIZABETH II also appear.
Photo is illustrative!
Size: 1 oz
The 2009 issue of the Olympic Maple Leaf Gold coins is the second in a three-year series that started in 2008 and continued until 2010, the year that the Winter Olympic Games were held in Vancouver.
In a tribute to the first inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest, this pure gold coin bears the intriguing 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).
The Legend of the Thunderbird
The Thunderbird is a legendary creature in North American indigenous peoples' history and culture. It is considered a supernatural being, greater and stronger than nearly all other creatures. The Thunderbird's home is at the top of Black Tusk, where it sits and surveys the world. So potent is this mythic bird that high winds result when it flaps its wings, lighting flashes when it merely blinks its eyes, and thunder explodes for miles around when its wings collide!
The coins are minted at the Royal Canadian Mint in Canada.