2011 $250 KILO SILVER COIN - 375TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN OBSERVATION OF LACROSSE
Of Spirit and Strength
Quantity Sold: 591
Lacrosse is sport, legend, culture and history combined a unique feature of the Canadian identity that emerged when European colonists encountered First Nations society.
One of the first European documentations of this powerful sport is believed to have been written 375 years ago in 1636 by Jesuit missionary Jean de Br beuf from Conde-sur-Vire (France). Br beuf became acquainted with baggataway (original name for Lacrosse) while living among the Hurons. Upon noticing that the playing stick resembled a bishop's croisier, he renamed the game la crosse.
To the First Nations people, lacrosse was much more than play. Countless tribes engaged in 'The Creator's Game,' firm in the belief the Creator invented the game for His own amusement. Players took to the field with the highest ideals. Lacrosse was a training ground for young warriors and was a non-warring means to settle tribal disputes. Players were determined to bring honour and glory to their teammates and to their tribes. Matches could cover vast territories and last months at a time. In an effort to intimidate their opponents, players covered their faces with war paint; a ritual believed to be the inspiration behind the modern custom of painting hockey goalie masks.
Face Value: 250 dollars
Composition: 99.99% silver
Weight (g): 1,000
Diameter (mm): 101.8
Pure silver coin with the guaranteed weight of 1 kilogram.
A very limited mintage will be available to coin collectors worldwide.
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a back clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.