A unique eagle’s feather-shaped coin pressed by the Canadian Mint this year has a connection to the Comox Valley.
Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw/K’omoks artist Andy Everson, born in Comox in 1972, helped designed the coin.
The Canadian Mint website says Everson’s design engraves the side profile of an eagle head, “presented in the Northwest Coast formline style.”
You can see the eagle’s eye and downward-curving beak, which split-U form variations surrounding the eagle’s head in recreating its facial features and feathers.
“I decided to include the head of an eagle with the form of the feather to drive home the idea of where this particular feather came from,” Everson said in a statement.
“I think it’s significant to mention that the shape of eagle feathers has helped inform certain forms within the Northwest Coast formline style —especially the “split u” shape, which was inspired by the feather and is featured in this design.”
The pure silver coins weigh an ounce and have a face value of $20.
The coins had a mintage of 3,000 for $149 through the Royal Canadian Mint and are sold out.
Susanna Blunt designed the reverse side of the coin featuring an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.