The Yukon Mint™
The story of Canadian gold coins dates back to the Klondike Gold Rush.
In 1853, Canada adopted the gold standard as a monetary system and this standard helped develop a growing interest in minting gold at a Canadian mint. Canadian miners later lobbied for domestic refining capabilities because they were often forced to sell their gold to the United States. The idea for a Canadian Mint and Canadian gold coins was put on hold until the late 1890s, when a major gold rush in Yukon's Klondike region brought an awareness of gold mining to the forefront of Canadian consciousness, and fueled Canadian's dreams of mineral wealth. These first gold coins struck by the Royal Canadian Mint (then called the Ottawa Mint) were Canadian in almost every aspect, from raw material to design. The coins were composed of Canadian gold, approximately 90% of it from the Klondike region.
The story of Yukon gold coins starts with the Yukon Mint™.
The Yukon Mint™ is focused on creating gold coins that will be Yukon in almost every aspect, from raw material to design. The Yukon Mint™ launched its inaugural coin design contest, My Kaska Nation, to create its first Yukon gold coin. The coin design contest was open to all Kaska citizens.
Ms. Miranda Lane and her original design, True North Moose (Keda), have been selected as the winning artist and design. The Yukon Mint™ will work with Ms. Lane to transform her design work into a two-sided 3-dimensional coin to be sold in select sizes. The final design will be revealed upon completion of the gold coin, followed by a ceremony to unveil that design.
The Yukon Mint™ works in partnership with First Nation and other governments, corporations and organizations to ensure local communities benefit from Yukon mining and exploration projects. The Yukon Mint™ is a wholly owned subsidiary of Golden Predator Mining Corp. and the gold coins will be created using gold from the 3 Aces Project in southeast Yukon.