Iljuwas (Bill Reid) brought Haida art and culture to a global audience. His extraordinary body of work includes 1,500 pieces ranging from jewellery art to monumental carvings. His artwork has appeared on Canadian coins, including this 1 oz. pure silver tribute to the artist on the 100th anniversary of his birth. We’ve combined engraving and colour technology in this silver version of Bill Reid’s Xhuwaji, Haida Grizzly Bear, featured on the special edition 2020 $2 circulation coin.
The reverse design features red, white and black over the engraved rendering of Xhuwaji, Haida Grizzly Bear by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid (1920-1998). The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Master goldsmith. Sculptor. Cultural bridge-builder. Iljuwas (Bill Reid) (1920-1998), expanded the world’s appreciation for Haida art and influenced new generations of artists. His astounding body of work includes 1,500 pieces ranging from jewellery art to monumental work like The Spirit of Haida Gwaii – which has appeared on our coins. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth and, to mark the occasion, the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to introduce the 2020 Bill Reid commemorative coins featuring an adaptation of his iconic Xhuwaji, Haida Grizzly Bear (1990).
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Metal Content: One Ounce (31.39 Grams)
Manufacturer: Royal Canadian Mint
Diameter: 38 mm
Mint Capsule, Presentation Box, Certificate Of Authenticity